January 06, 2012

67's Acquire McFarland from Saginaw for Perklin, 4th

Any 67’s fans remember this game? Well, get ready to see some more of the “McFarland Show”. The 67’s came to an agreement with the Saginaw Spirit at the tail end of a trade-filled Thursday to send rookie David Perklin and a fourth round draft choice in 2014 in exchange for John McFarland. The deal was officially announced Friday morning.

It’s still unknown whether McFarland will line up as a center or right winger, but all along Ottawa was expected to be in the market for a top-line center to play alongside Shane Prince and Tyler Toffoli. There couldn’t have been a better option than Saginaw’s second top scorer and Toffoli’s linemate with the Toronto Junior Canadiens in 2008.

This trade should give Perklin an ample opportunity to get more playing time. Since being taken in the first round of the 2011 draft by the 67’s, Perklin hardly found himself getting top-six forward minutes and very little, if any, special teams time. With every game that passed, Perklin seemed to improve, finishing more checks and getting into scoring areas, but unfortunately, he was still unable to register a point in his 31 games in Ottawa.

In four seasons in the OHL, McFarland split time with the Sudbury Wolves and Spirit where he amassed 86 goals, 95 assists and 170 penalty minutes in 207 games played. In 22 career playoff games, he added 16 points. Although Saginaw is only one point of the playoffs in the West, they are clearly in sell mode, having also dealt Captain Ryan O’Connor back to the Barrie Colts earlier in the week.

McFarland is expected to join the Barberpoles for tomorrow night’s game in Belleville. We want to wish David Perklin the best of luck as he heads south of the border and welcome John McFarland as the newest member of your Ottawa 67’s.

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