YOUNGSTOWN, OH – The Youngstown Phantoms have announced two transactions heading into their weekend home and home series against the Muskegon Lumberjacks.
Forward Dalton Hunter (Mercyhurst College) has been claimed on USHL trade waivers by the Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL) and will join their team immediately. Youngstown will receive cash compensation in the waiver trade agreement as compensation for the claim as per USHL rules.
Hunter was in his first full season with the Phantoms after spending the last three seasons in the NAHL with the Johnstown Tomahawks. Hunter was the Phantoms’ fifth round draft selection (73rd overall) in the Phase II Draft in May. Hunter has played just one of the Phantoms’ first six games.
Hunter played two games for the Phantoms last season in December in a loan agreement with Johnstown (NAHL). He had also been previously drafted by the Phantoms in 2014 as a ninth round pick (137th overall) when he was a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite U18 AAA program.
“We had a league deadline on Tuesday where we were required to trim down from five to four twenty year old players (1997 borns) as per league rules - a new rule and opportunity for teams the first three weeks of the regular season, “ said Phantoms’ General Manager Jason Koehler. “This was not a change we looked forward to as we knew this time would come where we would have to move one of our quality players, and in this case it was Dalton (Hunter) due to areas of need on our team right now and in the near future. Dalton is a very good player and human being and we’re glad to see him get a new opportunity in our league – we wish him all the best.”
The roster change of Dalton Hunter has opened the door for forward Jagger Joshua to officially move off the USHL Injured Reserve List and onto the Phantoms’ active roster. Joshua did not play any pre-season or regular season games with the Phantoms this season.
“Jagger Joshua is a power forward and was one of the top forwards in U18 AAA hockey last season” said Koehler. “Jagger now has had training camp and the first few weeks of the regular season to practice and train with us while he recovered from an injury he suffered during our camp back in June. We feel he’s ready to go and add an element maybe we haven’t yet seen from our forward group so far. We know he’s excited to get into the line-up and help the team and we as a staff are certainly looking forward to his addition.”
The 6’3 200 lbs. Joshua was the Phantoms’ eighth round pick (126th overall) in the 2015 Phase II USHL Draft. The eighteen year old left shot winger played two games with the Phantoms last season while primarily playing with the Detroit Victory Honda U18 AAA team. Joshua finished eighth overall in scoring last season in the Tier One Elite League U18 level with a line of 17 goals and 24 assists in 31 games to go along with 91 penalty minutes. Joshua hails from Dearborn, Michigan is committed to Michigan State University.