As the OHL starts to heat up, the Oshawa Generals became the subject on Thursday, trading Danil Antropov to the Saginaw Spirit in exchange for a pair of draft selections. Heading to Oshawa from Saginaw is a second-round pick in 2020 while it also includes a fourth-round pick in the 2024 OHL Priority Selection.

Earlier in the evening, it was reported by OHL Insiders that talks between the two sides were heating up with Antropov being the main subject, however, he’s not alone in departing the Generals, being joined by a 2023 fifth-round pick.

In a statement from Roger Hunt who is the vice president and general manager of the Generals, he said, “Danil was a first round selection for our team and has played his entire Ontario Hockey League career in Generals jersey. It’s obviously a difficult decision to move a player like that, but this will give him the opportunity to have a fresh start in Saginaw. I hope nothing but the best for him as he continues his hockey career with the Spirit.”

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Antropov, 18-years-old, is in his fourth season with the team in Oshawa where he has played in 26 games while scoring six goals and seven assists. While Antropov, a North York native, has racked up 20 penalty minutes thus far, his stats line also includes 13 points and a Plus/Minus rating of -7.

Antropov, an alternate captain, joins Cole Perfetti with the Saginaw Spirit, a team that he will contribute to, both offensively and defensively as well. Hunt, discussing the trade, would conclude his statement regarding Antropov saying, “The Oshawa Generals organization would like to thank Danil for his time on and off the ice as a General and wish him all the best in his future endeavours.”

In a statement from Dave Drinkell, general manager and president of the Spirit on Thursday, he said, “Antropov is a player we identified and targeted going back to this past summer and we are happy to be adding him to the Spirit family. Danil adds size, skill, and leadership to our forward group and we feel he will adapt perfectly to the way we want our team to play. He is a former high draft pick in the OHL, has been to an NHL camp, and has produced in our league. We look forward to continuing to develop him here in Saginaw and see what he can do in a Spirit jersey.”

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As a result of the deal which sends the Canadian forward packing to Michigan, he is joined by a fifth-round pick in 2023 from the Windsor Spitfires. Heading the other way is Oshawa’s 2020 second-round pick, meanwhile, parting ways as well with Kitchener’s third-round pick in 2024.

Antropov, a former member of the Greater Toronto Hockey League, was a first-round pick (6th overall) of the Oshawa Generals back in 2016. Since then, he has scored 44 goals and 73 assists in 208 career OHL games. This also includes a resounding 117 points recorded.

The left-winger, who weighs in at 6’1, 186lbs, is coming off of a career year in the league last season where he scored 15 goals and 37 assists. He managed to rack up these numbers while having appeared in 66 games played.

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While Danil Antropov remains draft eligible, the left-handed shooter, alongside Owen Tippett, attended NHL development camp this past summer at the Panthers IceDen with the Florida Panthers. Tippett, a Panthers draft pick, is a former member of the Saginaw Spirit.

Danil is not alone in terms of NHL talent in his family as his father Nikolai was a first-round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs back in 1998. During his 14-year career, Antropov appeared in 788 NHL games, these being played between the Toronto Maple Leafs, the New York Rangers and Atlanta Thrashers. Of course that was before the franchise was sold and made the move to Winnipeg.

Antropov will make his debut on Friday night on the road at the Sleeman Centre as the Saginaw Spirit seek a second straight win when they pay a visit to the defending league champions. It will be the third time this season that the Guelph Storm and the Spirit square off which will see Antropov sport No. 92 with puck drop scheduled for 7:30pmET. The game can be seen on AHL Live and Rogers tv, meanwhile, it can be heard on 1460 CJOY and 100.5 FM Newsradio WSGW.

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