NORTH BAY, Ont. — The North Bay Battalion has acquired left winger Matvey Guskov from the London Knights and sent defenceman Pacey Schlueting to the Saginaw Spirit in a pair of Ontario Hockey League trades announced Monday.
The Battalion swapped two third-round OHL Priority Selection picks, in 2021 and 2023, and a 15th-rounder in 2023, all of them conditional, for Russian import Guskov, a 19-year-old who scored 16 goals and earned 14 assists for 30 points with 48 penalty minutes in 62 games last season.
The Knights selected Guskov, a six-foot-one, 179-pound resident of Nizhnekamsk, in the first round of the 2018 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft. In 59 games as an OHL rookie in 2018-19, he had 12 goals and 18 assists for 30 points with 24 penalty minutes.
“The addition of Matvey will add veteran depth to our forward group,” said Adam Dennis, the Battalion’s general manager. “He’s a very responsible player who brings an unmatched work ethic.
“We also feel he has an untapped offensive potential which should mesh well with some of our top offensive players. Coming into his third year he’s highly motivated, and we’re thrilled to have him join our group.”
The Minnesota Wild chose Guskov in the fifth round of the 2019 National Hockey League Draft.
The picks sent to London originally belonged to the Oshawa Generals and Sudbury Wolves respectively. The Troops still have one third-rounder in 2021, two in 2022 and four in 2023.
The Battalion received a fourth-round choice in 2024 and a 12th-rounder in 2023 for Schlueting, a North Bay native who was the club’s first-round pick in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection from the North Bay Trappers minor midgets. The 2023 pick originated with Oshawa.
Schlueting, who turned 18 on Jan. 2, has played 116 games over two seasons, earning nine assists with 40 penalty minutes. The six-foot-one, 184-pound left shot had six assists in 56 games in 2019-20.
“Pacey is a player who’s grown immensely over the last two seasons, especially in the back half of last year,” said Dennis.
“The Battalion has the utmost respect for him and his family and feels this move will open up opportunities for him to grow as a player and a person. We thank him for his contributions and wish him all the best in Saginaw.”
The Battalion has six defencemen on the roster who saw action with the team last season, in Simon Rose, Avery Winslow, James Mayotte, Ryan Thompson, Paul Christopoulos and Ty Hollett. In addition, Ty Nelson and Tnias Mathurin, first- and third-round choices respectively in the OHL Priority Selection in April, have signed standard player’s agreements with the club. Nelson was the first overall pick.
Rearguard Braden Henderson, a resident of Baxter, Ont., who would have been a potential overager next season, has said he will forgo that eligibility and attend Georgian College in Barrie.