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Senators Trade Jack Rodewald to Florida for Rights to Chris Wilkie

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The minor-leaguer is off to the Sunshine State, in exchange for a promising college prospect.

Belleville Senators v Bridgeport Sound Tigers Photo by Gregory Vasil/Getty Images

With players like Christian Wolanin, Jonny Tychonick, Jacob Bernard-Docker, Shane Pinto, and Max Veronneau, the Ottawa Senators are demonstrating a faith in college hockey.

The team announced, tonight, that they’ve sent forward Jack Rodewald to the Florida Panthers, in exchange for the rights to Chris Wilkie.

Drafted by the Panthers with their sixth-round pick (162nd overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Wilkie spent two seasons at the University of North Dakota. He tallied 19 points in 62 games. Wilkie then transferred to Colorado College, and after sitting out the 2017-2018 season, he has caught fire. Wilkie scored 19 points in 20 games last season, and has potted six points in the first three contests this season.

Rodewald meanwhile, was undrafted, and has spent parts of six seasons between the AHL and ECHL. He suited up for 10 games with the Senators, since his arrival in 2016-2017.

The move frees up a spot in Belleville, and lowers the Senators’ total contracts to 48/50, as Pierre Dorion looks to add another player to the main roster via trade,

The Senators host Erik Karlsson and the San Jose Sharks, tomorrow night at 7:00pmET.