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Troops obtain pick from Guelph

NORTH BAY, Ont. — The Ontario Hockey League’s North Bay Battalion has acquired a second 14th-round pick in the OHL Priority Selection to be conducted Saturday, the club announced Tuesday.

Stan Butler, director of hockey operations and head coach, said the Battalion acquired the Peterborough Petes’ pick from the Guelph Storm in exchange for North Bay’s 14th-round selection in 2018.

The trade gives the Troops 16 picks in the 15-round process, which is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. via the Internet, with clubs selecting in inverse order of the overall standings of the season just completed, with the stipulation that non-playoff teams exercise the first four selections.

The Battalion, which holds the third overall pick, has one selection in each round, except for two in each of the sixth, eighth and 14th rounds and none in the fifth or 11th.

The Battalion, which sent its second-round selection to the Saginaw Spirit on Jan. 4, 2015, in acquiring right winger Nick Moutrey, has the Oshawa Generals’ second-rounder, which was received from the Kitchener Rangers in the trading of defenceman Miles Liberati on Nov. 30, 2015. The Troops also acquired in that transaction an eighth-rounder that originally belonged to the Ottawa 67’s.

North Bay sent its fourth-rounder to the Sudbury Wolves on Sept. 29, 2014, for centre Ray Huether but had received Kitchener’s fourth with left winger Ben Thomson on Nov. 22, 2013.

The Battalion’s fifth-rounder went with defenceman Stephen Templeton to the Hamilton Bulldogs on Jan. 9 for defenceman Jesse Saban and the Kingston Frontenacs’ 10th-rounder, after the Troops acquired Templeton from Oshawa on Jan. 6 for a 10th-round selection.

North Bay received Kingston’s sixth-round pick in the trade that saw centre Ryan Kujawinski acquired on Jan. 5, 2015.

Guelph has the Battalion’s 11th-round selection for a 12th-rounder in 2015.

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