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Tyler Graovac, who was dealt from Ottawa to Division rival Belleville in the morning, had a goal and three assists in his Bulls debut- overall his line accounted for four goals and 12 points in a 6-2 win over Sault Ste. Marie last night.
On the year Graovac has 22 goals and 17 assists in 31 games.
Ottawa as a bottom feeder in the Ontario Hockey League's Eastern Conference, and with the trade Graovac heads just down the road and up the standings to Belleville, who is leading the Eastern Division, and are second in the Eastern Conference- meaning he'll get a chance to be apart of another long playoff run in hopes of receiving an entry-level contract offer from Minnesota.
“I knew with all the rumours, I was likely going somewhere,” said Graovac to Don Campbell of The Ottawa Citizen.
“I guess I’m just kind of all over the place right now. I’m shocked that it’s Belleville and shocked that it happened so fast. I thought I had a couple of more days in Ottawa before the deadline. But it’s a chance for me to go further in the playoffs and finish junior with a contender. My family is excited. Minnesota is excited. And I am excited. I think I can help the Bulls offensively. And my last year, I want to give it everything I have.”
We'll look forward to watching Graovac and the Bulls moving forward.