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Gens add strength to blueline

Oshawa picks up Jacob Graves from Frontenacs

By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express

It may be a familiar name to some Oshawa Generals fans, but the face may be a little different.

The Gens recently announced the signing of former Kingston Frontenacs blueliner Jacob Graves, who happens to be the brother of former Gen Josh Graves, who played with the club from 2010 to 2012.

Graves will aim to add some grit and experience to the Gens’ defense, which lost three overagers in captain Josh Brown, Dakota Mermis and Chris Carlisle at the end of last season.

“We’ve got a number of returning D and I think our D is going to be good, but we’re pretty young and that’s the only thing,” Roger Hunt, the team’s general manager, tells The Express.

Hunt says the organization is pleased with the deal, which cost them a draft pick, and along with the recent commitment of other right-handed, defensive prospect Misha Moor, he thinks Graves will be a great compliment to the roster.

“There’s no secret, he plays the game tough, which we like and it doesn’t hurt the fact that we had his brother, we know the family a little bit and when the opportunity came up, it seemed to make perfect sense to make the deal,” Hunt says.

Graves, a Barrie native, started his OHL career with the Mississauga Steelheads, where he played for two seasons before joining Kingston last year, where he garnered seven assists.