Nationals Acquire Predators’ Forward Brenden Trottier – by C. Scott Holland

Rumours about the Nationals acquisition of Lambton Shores Predators forward and alternate captain Brendan Trottier surfaced just after Christmas and on Mon. Jan. 4, the deal was made official.

Trottier is now with the Nationals thus leaving the Predators somewhat toothless after teammate Ryan Fraser was traded to Chatham.

Lambton still has several players who are considered valuable and could be traded prior to the looming deadline.

Trottier was second in scoring for Lambton Shores this season with 15 goals and 28 assists for 43 points in 32 games. He sits 22nd in GOJHL scoring and is the 7th best point producer in the Western Conference this season.

He had notched four powerplay markers, a shorthanded tally and a game-winner as well for the last place Predators. The 5′ 11″ Petrolia native has spent three seasons in the GOJHL all with Lambton and has played in 124 contests while scoring 47 times and adding 77 helpers for 124 points as well as triggering 13 powerplay goals and six game-winners.

The 18 year-old was an 11th round draft pick of the Sarnia Sting in the 2013 Priority Draft and has participated in the last two GOJHL Prospects games.

He could be in London’s lineup Wednesday night when the Nationals host the Chatham Maroons and if so, he may face his former teammate Fraser.

The Predators did not receive any players in exchange for Trottier, so it appears that this a cash transaction or one involving a player-to-be-named later.

Trottier’s offensive skills will certainly boost London’s stretch run and solidify their playoff roster.  He has a timely knack for big-time goals at key moments in games.

(photo credit – Colleen Wiendels Photography – Strathroy Rockets facebook)

(video credit – Lambton Shores Predator Brenden Trottier’s overtime winner against the Strathroy Rockets from The Shores Recreation Centre on Tuesday, December 9, 2014. Gino Mini’s long saucer pass finds Trottier, who splits the Rocket defense of Andrew Martin and Curtis Sander and picks the corner behind Rocket goaltender Mat Ouellet. – David Honsberger, Strathroy Rockets)

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