Hut­ton gets shot with Fronts

Petes off to Sud­bury, North Bay also with­out Avon, McTav­ish, who are at World U17 Chal­lenge

The Peterborough Examiner - - SPORTS - MIKE DAVIES EX­AM­INER SPORTS DIRECTOR [email protected]­ter­bor­ough­daily.com

The Peter­bor­ough Petes will head north for a pair of week­end games with­out Dustin Hut­ton.

Hut­ton, 18, was claimed off waivers by the Kingston Fron­te­nacs on Fri­day after re­quest­ing an op­por­tu­nity to play more with an­other OHL team, said Petes GM Mike Oke.

Hut­ton, the Petes’ top pick in the 2018 U18 draft, dressed in five of 14 games reg­is­ter­ing two goals and two as­sists, with a +4 rat­ing. He had one as­sist in 10 reg­u­lar sea­son games last year and one goal in five play­off games. He also had 13 goals and 28 points in 34 games with the OHL’s Toronto Jr. Cana­di­ens.

“Dustin was look­ing for more of a full-time op­por­tu­nity and right now, with the makeup of our team, he wasn’t go­ing to be in ev­ery night,” Oke said.

The Petes tried to trade Hut­ton, but when they were un­able to find a deal they put him on waivers. Oke said they would have pre­ferred to keep Hut­ton, but hon­oured his re­quest through his agent to be moved.

“We think highly of Dustin and we wanted to keep him as part of our group mov­ing for­ward. But in talk­ing to his agent they were re­ally keen on be­ing in a sit­u­a­tion where he’d be in the lineup ev­ery night,” Oke said.

The Petes will also be miss­ing Ma­son McTav­ish and J.R. Avon to the World U17Hockey Chal­lenge; and de­fence­man Matt McNamara, who is week-toweek with a lower body in­jury, when they face the Sud­bury Wolves on Satur­day night. They also face the North Bay Bat­tal­ion on Sun­day and will host Hut­ton and the Fron­te­nacs Tues­day night at the PMC.

Petes head coach Rob Wil­son said he’ll likely dress seven de­fence­man and 11 for­wards, with John Parker-Jones ca­pa­ble of play­ing for­ward.

“Ma­son and J.R. have done a good job and we’ll miss them,” said Wil­son, “but other teams are in the same boat miss­ing a cou­ple. McTav­ish has 10 goals and Avon has done a re­ally nice job. Both have had to play dif­fer­ent po­si­tions. It’s been a lot to take in for two young lads, but they’ve done a good job.”

At prac­tice, Wil­son had Se­myon Der-Ar­guch­int­sev be­tween Nick Robertson and Michael Lit­tle; Zach Gal­lant with Liam Kirk and Cameron But­ler; Max Grondin cen­tring Brady Hinz and Tucker Robertson; and Kee­gan McMullen and Chad De­nault with Park­erJones.

The Petes will also be with­out video coach Noah Bu­choltz, who got an op­por­tu­nity from

Hockey Canada to work at the U17 tour­na­ment.

“He’ll be a big miss,” Wil­son said. “He does a phe­nom­e­nal job for us. It’s a great op­por­tu­nity for him and he’s earned it.” NOTES: Ma­son McTav­ish

scored in Canada White’s 4-2 open­ing game loss to Rus­sia at the World U17 Hockey Chal­lenge in Swift Cur­rent on Thurs­day. J.R. Avon and Peter­bor­ough’s Chase Still­man, of the Sud­bury Wolves, are also on Canada White. Still­man had two penalty min­utes. Their next game is Satur­day against Team Canada Black.

DEREK RUTTAN LON­DON FREE PRESS

Dustin Hut­ton, seen scor­ing for the Peter­bor­ough Petes against the Lon­don Knights, has been picked up on waivers by the Kingston Fron­te­nacs, where he hopes to be a reg­u­lar in the lineup.

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