Saginaw Spirit GM Dave Drinkill announced the acquisition of 4-year OHL veteran Daniil Vertiy
from the North Bay Battalion in a press release this morning.
“The Saginaw Spirit are happy to add the scoring and veteran presence of Daniil Vertiy to our lineup,” Drinkill said in a press release. “Vertiy has proven he can score at this level coming off of a career year in North Bay. We are excited to add a player of his caliber at this point in the season.”
A 6-foot, 205-pound 18 year old left wing from Nizhnevartovsk, Russia, Vertiy moved to the Toronto area as a 15 year old and spent the 2013-14 season playing for the North York Rangers Triple-A club in the Greater Toronto Minor Midget Hockey League in order to become eligible for the 2014 OHL priority selection draft, where he was selected by the Windsor Spitfires in the second round, 26th overall.
He was traded to North Bay after 16 games in the 2015-16 OHL season where he totaled 24-points (10-goals, 14-assists in 54-games, before posting 29-points (14-goals, 15-assists) in 61-games for the Battalion during the 2016-17 OHL season last year.
Vertiy will bring some much needed veteran goal scoring experience to this very young Spirit roster.
In exchange for Vertiy, the Spirit have returned a conditional 15th round pick to North Bay in the 2018 priority selection draft.
Look for Vertiy to be in the line up this weekend when the Spirit host the Guelph Storm for a 7:05 pm face off at the Dow Event Center Saturday evening.