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
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
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,