Hamilton Acquires Carty from Kitchener
The Hamilton Bulldogs have acquired overage goalie Dawson Carty from the Kitchener Rangers in exchange for a 5th round draft pick in 2018.
This trade provides depth between the pipes for the Bulldogs in their push for the team’s first playoff berth in Hamilton. Carty has shown that he can reliably backstop what has been a strong organization in the Rangers in the last few years. Playing in his last season in the OHL, Carty should have some fire in himself to push Fulcher for more playing time than casual fatigue relief. Carty got a taste of what it is like to face NHL shooters after an invitation to the Dallas Stars prospect development camp. Healthy competition between the pipes could be what Fulcher needs to break the funk this team has been in between November and December.
This has every sign of being considered a winning trade for General Manager Steve Staios. He’s likely to have had a very decent amount of input from his former Assistant GM Troy Smith, who has coached Carty, giving him 28 starts back in 2014/15. This trade is an indication that there is a level of trust in the overager’s abilities.
Having options in the net is what teams need to make it far in this league. Hamilton seems to have picked a really strong prospect in Tanner Sheppard of the Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs, who was invited this past summer by Team Canada in the summer to attend an exclusive goalie development camp. Unless the Bulldogs choose a top ranked goalie in the OHL Priority Selection next spring, there is a good chance we see Sheppard earn the backup role next year. What this trade likely indicates is that the club has lost some level of confidence in Cole Ceci’s abilities to reliably backstop the team. Ceci was huge last season for the Ancaster Avalanche in the playoffs, so it will be interesting to see if he is assigned to the Bulldog’s affiliate and stay close incase of injury. There is a chance that if he is demoted, he could elect to play in the CCHL closer to his hometown. This would be a worst case scenario for the team’s depth chart in case of injuries.
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