Former Kitchener Rangers defenceman Owen Stewart is joining the club’s rival.
The London Knights claimed the 18-year-old blueliner off waivers Tuesday afternoon after scouting him during the pre-season.
“This was a move made strictly with an eye on development and strictly on doing the right thing for Owen Stewart,” said Rangers’ general manager Murray Hiebert.
Kitchener placed the 6-foot-3, 200-pound rearguard on waivers to clear up a log jam in the back end. The team now has seven defencemen on the roster for the upcoming season — Ben Fanelli, Evan McEneny, Max Iafrate, Jared Gilbert, Doug Blaisdell, Dmitrii Sergeev and Frank Hora.
Rookie Logan Schmidt, currently with the Jr. B Kitchener Dutchmen, will also likely see time with the OHL club.
“This was the right thing to do for Owen Stewart … to give him an opportunity to play,” said Hiebert. “We’re talking about development and we needed a chance to insert our young guys into the lineup.”
Stewart was a sixth-round pick in 2011 and inked a deal with the Rangers last season. He had three points in 31 games.