Stan Butler was concerned about how young his defence was this coming season so he did something about it.
The North Bay Battalion has acquired overage defenceman Cole Cameron in a trade with the Owen Sound Attack, the Ontario Hockey League club announced Thursday.
The Troops give up a fourth-round pick in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection for Cameron, a five-foot-11, 175-pound right shot who signed with Owen Sound as a free agent in 2016.
In 127 OHL games over two seasons, the Johnstown, Ontario product who turned 20 on May 9, has scored two goals and earned 14 assists for 16 points while accumulating 42 penalty minutes.
In 28 playoff games over two years, he has one assist and 11 PIM.
Butler, the Battalion head coach and director of hockey operations, had admitted earlier this week that the team was looking to add some experience on the blueline.
“We have a very young group on D and they have got an opportunity but I do not think there is any doubt if an overage defenceman is there and we feel can help our team we will definitely do something,” said Butler during his weekly media conference at Memorial Gardens.
Cameron will be in the lineup this weekend as the Battalion host the Owen Sound Attack on Saturday afternoon (2 p.m. ) at Memorial Gardens for the only home pre-season game.