Flint, Mich. - The Flint Firebirds announced today that the club has completed a trade with the Hamilton Bulldogs.
In the trade, Flint receives forward Connor Roberts, who was the third-overall pick in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection, from the Hamilton Bulldogs. In addition, the Firebirds receive three draft picks consisting of Hamilton’s second-round pick in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection, Sudbury’s third-round pick in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection and Hamilton’s third-round pick in the 2020 OHL Priority Selection. In return, the Firebirds trade forwards Nick Caamano and Ryan Moore to the Hamilton Bulldogs.
“I am extremely pleased to welcome Connor Roberts to the Flint Firebirds’ family,” said Flint Firebirds Vice President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Barclay Branch. “We feel this transaction will be beneficial to the future success of the Firebirds and will also have immediate positive results for our team, as all of our players will be called upon to play a more significant role in the overall team performance for the balance of this season. We wish Ryan Moore and Nicholas Caamano every success in their hockey careers and thank them for their past contributions to our hockey club.”
Roberts comes to Flint as the first forward selected in the 2016 OHL Draft. He represented Canada on the international stage at the 2016 Youth Olympic Games where he earned four points, racking up three goals and a plus-four rating in six games. Additionally, Roberts competed with Team Canada Red at the 2016 World Under-17 Challenge last November. Roberts is also now one of five Flint Firebirds that are listed among NHL Central Scouting’s November ‘Players to Watch’ list for the upcoming 2018 NHL Draft in June along with Dennis Busby, Ty Dellandrea, Hunter Holmes and Jack Wismer.
Roberts, six-foot-four, 215-pound centerman is a native of Owen Sound, Ont and has strung together multiple point-streaks for Hamilton this season. He recorded a four-game point-streak in October and most recently garnered a three-game point-streak in November. Prior to playing with the Bulldogs, he amassed 116 points and scored 55 goals in just two seasons with the Grey-Bruce Highlanders of the South-Central Triple A Hockey League (SCTA).
Roberts is expected to play in the Firebirds’ home game tomorrow, Nov. 26, against the Kingston Frontenacs at the Dort Federal Event Center at 4 p.m.
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