Catenacci off to Owen Sound

The Daniel Catenacci  trade saga came to an end Wednesday as the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds traded the talented center to the defending OHL champion Owen Sound Attack for Andrew Fritsch and a second round draft pick.

The prelude to the deal has been discussed plenty in this space, but do check 97.7 The Beach for audio of Attack GM Dale DeGray speaking about his acquisition. For those without speakers, the Sun Times coverage offers some nice quotes. It's clear that Catenacci will have every chance to make some noise in Owen Sound.

"I'm looking at Daniel Catenacci as potentially being one of the top players in the league," said DeGray.
"He's got speed, he's got skill, and he competes hard. I'm happier to have him playing for us than against us."

But Catenacci was disappointed after being taken in the third round of the National Hockey League entry draft by Buffalo in June and he asked the Soo for a trade.

"I think we're going to be the beneficiary of that," said DeGray. "I've been told Daniel has a bit of a bee in his bonnet. He's got things to prove to people and to the NHL."

It's remarkably similar to what Owen Sound went through with centre Steven Shipley who was also disappointed after being drafted by the Sabres.

"It's a lot like the Shipley deal that we had to go through last year," said DeGray.

"Is he a bad kid? No he's not a bad kid. Does he just want a change? Yes, for whatever reason."

Catenacci will report to Owen Sound for the start of training camp on Wednesday, August 31st.
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