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Battalion move defender for a draft pick

Battalion make second move this week

For the second day in the row Battalion GM Adam Dennis pulled off a trade. 

On Tuesday, the North Bay Battalion moved defenceman James Mayotte to the Flint Firebirds for a sixth-round pick in the 2025 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection, the club announced Tuesday.

Mayotte, 19, played 50 games in 2019-20, the last season in which the OHL iced teams before the coronavirus pandemic caused cancellations, scoring one goal and adding eight assists for nine points while accumulating 10 penalty minutes.

The Battalion chose the Mallorytown, Ont., resident, who measures six-foot-two and 204 pounds, in the fifth round of the 2018 Priority Selection from the under-16 program at Shattuck-St. Mary’s, a private school in Faribault, Minn.

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On Monday, the Troops acquired the Ontario Hockey League rights to highly regarded centre Adam Fantilli in a trade with the Saginaw Spirit, the club announced Monday.

Mayotte’s departure leaves the Battalion with nine defencemen on the preseason roster, including five newcomers.

Veterans Simon Rose, Paul Christopoulos, Avery Winslow and Ty Hollett are joined by Ty Nelson, Tnias Mathurin, Cam Gauvreau, Wyatt Kennedy and Alexander Lukin, a Russian import who’s expected to arrive in North Bay within the next 10 days.

The Battalion opens a four-game exhibition schedule at 2 p.m. Saturday when it plays host to the Owen Sound Attack.