Greyhounds complete deal with KingstonMonday, June 11, 2012 by: Brad Coccimiglio
The Soo Greyhounds have acquired defenceman Alex Gudbranson from the Kingston Frontenacs.
In return for the veteran defenceman, the Greyhounds have sent a second round draft pick (2013), a fourth round pick (2014) and a ninth round pick (2015) to the Frotnenacs.
“The addition of Alex is another key step towards us continuing to execute our plan which will see our program achieve sustained success,” Greyhounds GM Kyle Dubas said in a release. “When looking at our group of defenseman, our staff felt the one thing we lacked heading into this season was a big defender with experience who can match up against the oppositions best players and bring a physical edge. Alex has shown over his two seasons that he is capable of playing against top opponents and also shows adept puck movement and some offensive upside.”
The younger brother of Florida Panthers defenceman Erik, Alex Gudbranson was a former first round pick by the Frontenacs in the 2010 OHL Priority Selection and has spent the last two seasons in Kingston. In 50 games with the Frontenacs in 2011-12, the younger Gudbranson had two goals and nine points.
The 17-year-old defenceman was a member of the gold medal winning Team Ontario at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge during his rookie season with the Frontenacs.
Also on Monday, the Greyhounds announced that they have dealt the rights to 2010 ninth round draft pick Brett D’Andrea to the Windsor Spitfires. In return, the Greyhounds received a fourth round pick in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection.