NORTH BAY, Ont. — The North Bay Battalion has acquired overage goaltender Brent Moran in a trade with the Flint Firebirds, the Ontario Hockey League club announced Monday.
Flint received a fourth-round pick in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection and the OHL rights to goaltender Garrett Forrest, who played last season for the Powassan Voodoos, the Battalion’s Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League affiliate.
Moran, a resident of Orleans, Ont., who stands six-foot-four and weighs 190 pounds, has played four OHL seasons. The Niagara IceDogs selected him in the second round of the 2012 OHL Priority Selection and traded him to Flint last Dec. 5.
He has played 145 OHL games, posting a goals-against average of 3.80, a save percentage of .886, a won-lost-extended record of 52-72-9 and two shutouts.
In two playoff campaigns, both with Niagara, he played nine games with a GAA of 3.26, a save percentage of .907, a won-lost mark of 3-5 and one shutout. He played all seven games in a 2014 Eastern Conference quarterfinal as the Battalion overcame a 3-1 series deficit to advance.
The Dallas Stars selected Moran in the fourth round of the 2014 National Hockey League Draft, but he’s an NHL free agent after not having been signed within two years.
“I don’t think there’s any doubt that there’s a lot at stake for him, quite frankly,” said Stan Butler, Battalion director of hockey operations and head coach, adding: “He should be a highly motivated individual.”
Jake Smith was North Bay’s No. 1 goaltender in each of the last three seasons but has completed his junior eligibility and is to play for Bolzano-Bozen South Tyrol, an Italian-based club in the Austrian League, in 2016-17. Backup Jake Kment, who would be an overager this season, is not returning.
Forrest, a 19-year-old resident of Ashburn, Va., was a 10th-round pick in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection.