The rebuild is in full swing for the Ottawa 67's, dealing co-Captain Cody Ceci and Steven Janes to the Owen Sound Attack, acquiring Joseph Blandisi and Jake Middleton in return.
With Blandisi and Middleton, the 67's load up on the two positions where they need the most help, on right wing and defence. Owen Sound, on the other hand, loads up for a playoff run as they try to take down the league-leading London Knights in the Western Conference.
Ceci, a local Orleans native, was drafted by the 67's 16th overall in the 2009 OHL draft, bringing him back to his hometown after he played midget in Peterborough. He stepped right into the lineup out of his draft, playing in all but four games in his rookie year, putting up 12 points. He played in every game during his sophomore season, and all but four again in his third year, missing those four games while attending Canada's Under-20 Junior camp.
His hometown NHL team, the Ottawa Senators, took him 15th overall in the NHL entry draft before he came back to play 42 games this season. Ceci finishes his tenure with 146 points and a +21 rating in 238 career games.
20 picks after taking Ceci in the 2009 draft, the Barberpoles took Janes. A 6'4 power forward, he also made the jump into the lineup and only missed seven of the team's games. His time in Ottawa comes to a close after putting up 77 points and 156 penalty minutes in 170 games.
Blandisi is in his sophomore year in the OHL, and has 25 points thus far on the season, only two less than Janes. While he isn't as big as Janes, he isn't afraid to be physical, adding 121 career penalty minutes.
Middleton is likely the centrepiece of this deal, having just been drafted in eighth overall in the most recent OHL draft. He was the odd man out on Owen Sound's blueline to start the season, and also suffered a foot injury during practice in October. He has only played 14 games in the OHL, but will have every chance to succeed on a young Ottawa blueline.
Both of Ottawa's new acquisitions will be in the lineup on Wednesday against Oshawa. Janes will also make his Attack debut on Wednesday, while Ceci will briefly stay in the Nation's Capital as he goes to Senators training camp.
We at the 67's fan blog and 67's fans would like to thank Ceci and Janes for nearly four years of service with the club. We would also like to welcome Blandisi and Middleton to the team.