The Guelph Storm acquired dual Canada World Junior Team players MacKenzie Entwistle and Markus Phillips in Saturday trading for future draft picks.
Entwistle came from the Hamilton Bulldogs in exchange for two 2nd round picks in 2020 (Kitchener, NB), a 3rd round pick in 2020 (Kitchener), a 3rd round pick in 2021 (Windsor), and a 3rd round pick in 2023 (Guelph), according to the Storm statement.
He is described as a 6’3, 181-pound right winger from Georgetown and was the Bulldogs’ second round pick (40th overall) in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection.
He was later selected by the Arizona Coyotes in the third round (69th overall) at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. Following a trade, Entwistle is now a signed prospect of the Chicago Blackhawks.
“We are very excited to acquire a player of Mackenzie’s calibre,” said Guelph Storm Coach George Burnett, who also serves as general manager for the team.
“He is a proven champion and an outstanding two-way player that can carry a heavy workload in all situations. As a former captain in our league, he will provide leadership and experience to our group.”
Phillips was a bit pricier at six future draft picks, including a 2nd round 2019 (compensatory), 2nd round 2020 (Mississauga), 3rd round 2021 (Erie), 2nd round 2022 (North Bay), 3rd round 2024 (Guelph) and 4th Round 2023 (Guelph), conditional, according to the Storm statement.
“Markus will be an excellent addition to our back end,” Burnett said in the news release.
“He plays heavy minutes in every situation, and is one of the premier all-around defencemen in our league.”