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Thursday, Jun. 21, 2018
Wolves add some experience to the blue-line
by Randy Pascal

The Sudbury Wolves are starting the 2017-2018 season with a page out of their 2016-2017 playbook.

Looking to address a defensive corps that lacked depth last year, the Wolves acquired overage blueliners Aiden Jamieson (June 2016) and Patrick Sanvido (December 2016) to stabilize life on the back end.

With Jamieson, Sanvido and offensive catalyst Kyle Capabianco out of the equation come September, the Wolves were at it again, securing 19 year old Kyle Rhodes (he turns 20 on Christmas Day) from the Guelph Storm Tuesday for a 4th round conditional pick in 2019.

A native of Powhatan (Virginia), Rhodes has played the past three seasons in Guelph, suiting up in 163 games with the Storm, recording four goals and 19 assists. Sudbury GM Rob Papineau praised the character of his latest addition, with Rhodes walking away with the "Leadership Award" at the end of last season in Guelph.

"Kyle is a big, strong, right-shot defenceman who skates well, moves the puck well, and is hard to play against," noted Papineau in a team issued release. "He can be described as a steady stay at home shut-down defenceman who gets the job done."

The trade comes just one day prior to the CHL Import Draft, as the local juniors prepare for the selections beginning at 11:00 a.m., with the Wolves slotted in at #19 overall.

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