The Hamilton Bulldogs Trade Luke Kutkevicius
— Jim Parker (@winstarparker) August 21, 2017
The Hamilton Bulldogs have traded centre Luke Kutkevicius to the reigning Memorial Cup Champions, the Windsor Spitfires. The Bulldogs receiveIn exchange, the Bulldogs get Sudbury’s sixth-round pick in 2018 and Windsor’s fifth-round pick in 2021 with a condition. That pick will become a fourth-round pick in 2021 if Kutkevicius produces 45 points this season.
Interesting condition on the Luke Kutkevicius trade–45 P next season. First performance-based condition since Cody Payne to NIA in ’14.
— Matt Wilson (@writemattwilson) August 22, 2017
The six-foot-one, 175-pound Kutkevicius had asked Hamilton for a trade in hopes of going to a team where he could play a larger role.
“It was something I asked for, but wasn’t sure when it was going to happen. It’s a huge relief. No more worries about traded and what’s going to happen.” – Luke Kutkevicius, interview with Windsor Star’s Jim Parker. (Source)
Kutkevicius came to the organization when he was traded to Hamilton from the Mississauga Steelheads, in exchange for overager Mason Marchment. He was brought into the organization by Burnett & Staios for his defensive acumen, along with his potential to grow his game. Despite his slight frame, Kutkevicius was always an eager combatant on the forecheck, and plays a very strong possession game along the boards.
Kutkevicius attended both 2017 summer development camps with both the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Detroit Red Wings.
Bulldogs General Manager Steve Staios will re-tool the roster this season a bit this season, and this move helps make space for some of the promising youth that impressed over the summer with Hockey Canada’s development camps. This is Staios’ second ‘centre for picks’ trade with Windsor within the calendar year, having traded centre Adam Laishram to the Spitfires at the 2017 trade deadline.
Feature Image: Barry Gray / The Hamilton Spectator