Patrik Laine, Sami Niku and Teemu Selanne are playing on the same team of a Liga alumni game in Finland Friday, Mark Scheifele is out participating in The Players Cup at Southwood as a sponsor exemption in PGA Tour Canada, and Giovanni Vallati, Winnipeg’s fifth round draft pick from the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, has just been traded from one Ontario Hockey League team to another.
The Kitchener Rangers moved Vallati to the Oshawa Generals in exchange for a 2019 second round pick in the OHL Draft, a second round pick in 2020, a the Generals’ third round selections in both 2022 and 2023.
“It’s a very exciting time to get a player like Giovanni on our roster,” said Oshawa Generals’ General Manager Roger Hunt in a press release. “This was an opportunity to add another NHL prospect to our defensive corps, and he will be a huge part of our team for the next couple seasons.”
Vallati, originally from Ottawa, ON., spent the past two hockey seasons with the Rangers, racking up eight goals, 47 points, a plus-11 rating and 61 penalty minutes in 124 regular season OHL games. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound blueliner also played for Team Cherry in Guelph for the 2018 Top Prospects Game in January of this past year, before being selected in the fifth round, 153rd overall by the Winnipeg Jets.
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound defender also has international experience under his belt, as he was selected to play for Canada in the World Under 17 Hockey Challenge in 2016. Vallati took home the silver as a member of Team Canada Black.
In going from Kitchener to Oshawa, Vallati went from a 90-point team to a 75-point team in 2017-18. The Generals will look to improve upon their 36-29-3 record from last season, while hoping to play in more than the five playoff games they saw this past spring.