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Wright, Zellweger, Guenther, Ostapchuk, Mintyukov Dealt in Massive CHL Trades

Photo by Tim Austen/IIHF, graphics by NHL.Discussion

Wright, Zellweger, Guenther, Ostapchuk, Mintyukov Dealt in Massive CHL Trades

If the Canadian Hockey League is nothing else, it sure is entertaining.

Whether it’s high-scoring regular season rivalry games, or a back-and-forth seven-game playoff series, there is certainly a level of built up animosity and competition found in few other places.

Then comes the annual trade deadline.

Each year, teams jockeying for long postseason runs look to beef up their rosters, while complying with the CHL’s rules related to the limited number of ‘overage’ players each team can carry.

With special attention to other teams and their hopes in relation to upcoming Memorial Cups and potential hosting options, teams with a shot a making it as their respective league champs tend to really spend come the trade deadline. The lucky team hosting that year’s Memorial Cup also wants to prove that it belongs in the four-team tournament, despite usually not being its league winner through a full regular season and postseason’s worth of play.

This year was no different.

Adding to the excitement – as usual – is the fact that the CHL’s three league trade deadlines tend to fall shortly after the conclusion of the annual World Junior Hockey Championship. This means that some of the stars at the annual tournaments will not report back home to their pre-tournament teams, but end up traded midway through competition or slightly after.

Again, these sorts of deals were worked out in 2023, much like that of every other year.

The five big trades that went down all featured a copious amount of draft picks being sent to one team in exchange for a star player. Typically other pieces were added into the fold, including that of ‘conditional’ draft picks, should the player not report to the new team, or his NHL club keep him away from the CHL, etc.

But the five biggest trades leading up to the OHL, QMJHL and WHL trade deadlines were as follows – We will not be providing an assessment of the trades, as that will come following the Memorial Cup. In all, 39 draft picks were moved the five blockbuster deals. But with no further adieu, the largest trades this past week include:

*Graphics courtesy of NHL.Discussion



Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at or on Twitter at @GameOnHockey.

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