The Fort McMurray Oil Barons have acquired 1997-born forward Davis Sheldon from the Calgary Mustangs for 1997-born defencemen Austin Cameron.
In 51 games with the Mustangs last season Sheldon recorded 27 points, 18 goals and nine assists.
He will be re-joining former team mates Will Conley and Shane Fraser, all three were part of the Strathmore CFR Midget AAA Bisons that won the Alberta Midget Hockey league and reached the Telus Cup in 2014/15.
“It’s really exciting, we did really well playing in Midget together so hopefully we can connect again and bring something to this team,” said Davis Sheldon who has one goal and one assist through the first four games this season.
The move adds another forward to an already crowded forward corps but it was a deal MOB Head Coach Tom Keca could not pass up.
“When you can add an 18 goal scorer from last year and to add a centreman we felt that was important considering that’s an area where we’re wanting to shore up and we’re hoping our new acquisition can do that,” said Keca.
The Nanton, Alberta native will see his first action this weekend at the annual AJHL Showcase and is looking to make an impact right away.
“I’m looking to bring a lot of energy and positivity to this group of guys, it’s different being here but I think I’m a good fit here,” said Sheldon.
The MOB now have 16 forwards on their roster as more moves are expected to be made in the coming week.
“It’s healthy competition and we have to get down on some numbers after the weekend,” said Keca “Hopefully we make some good decisions but I like the depth of our team right now.”
With Nick Nietubyc finally healthy and Jayden Pannu set to make his return from an injury this weekend, the MOB had eight defenceman on their roster and Cameron became the odd man out.
Cameron was acquired by the MOB last season, from a trade with the Kindersley Klippers of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.
In 22 career games with the Barons Cameron registered three points, one goal and two assists for the MOB.
(With files from Taylor Pope)