Nepean makes big splash
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Dec 13, 2010  |  Vote 0    0

Nepean makes big splash

Ottawa East News

The Nepean raiders pulled off a huge trade when they acquired defenceman Cameron Odam from the Kanata Stallions on Dec. 9.

Odam – who had been playing with the Ontario Hockey League’s Kingston Frontenacs – was obtained by the Raiders for Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League prospect McCauley Banning and two first-round selections in the 2011 CHL draft.

The 20-year-old defenceman recorded one goal and two assists with 49 penalty minutes in 20 games for the Frontenacs this season.

He began his OHL career with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in 2007 and has five goals and 22 assists in 190 games between the two franchises.

“He’s a really good defenceman,” Raiders head coach and general manager Peter Goulet said. “He’s really going to help us.”

In only his second game with the Raiders against the Cumberland Grads on Dec. 12, Goulet was using Odam as a top-four defenceman paired mostly with the offensive-minded Ryan Johnston.

“I try to be responsible in my own end and make sure pucks get out,” Odam said of his game. “When I contribute at the other end, that’s a bonus.”

He was also counted on to play on the power play and penalty kill, assignments he’s happy to receive after seeing a limited role in Kingston.

“It’s something I’m obviously not going to have a hard time getting used to,” Odam said. “I’m going to enjoy it and try to contribute as much as I can.”

The Stittsville native admitted that being a 20-minute drive from the rink is a welcome change after over three seasons living far away.

“It’s nice to be back at home,” he said, “especially around this time of year.”

Banning was the EOJHL’s Rookie of the Year in the Metro Division last season after scoring 19 goals and 23 assists in 43 games for the Ottawa Junior Canadians.

The draft picks originally belonged to the Brockville Braves and Pembroke Lumber Kings and were traded to the Raiders last season in deals for former captain Scott Dawson and Ahmed Mahfouz, respectively.

daniel.bowman@metroland.com

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