The Sudbury Wolves have made a pair of trades prior to the Ontario Hockey League's deadline for deals.

Defenseman Zack Malik is going to the North Bay Battalion for a fifth-round draft pick in 2021.

“We would like to thank Zack for all of his contributions to the Sudbury Wolves,” said Sudbury Wolves VP Hockey Operations and General Manager Rob Papineau. “He is not only a good hockey player, he is a great person from a great family and we wish him continued success.”

Malik missed most of the first half of the season to recover from an off-season surgery, but managed to earn three points in 11 games and was +4 in his plus-minus score.

Wolves acquire Adam Ruzicka from Sarnia Sting

In exchange for future draft picks, the Wolves acquired 19-year-old centre Adam Ruzicka from the Sarnia Sting in exchange for three future draft picks.

At six-foot four-inches and 203 pounds, the Slovakian native has racked up 155 points in 159 regular season games.

“We have added a highly skilled player who just returned from the World Juniors,” said Rob Papineau, Sudbury Wolves VP Hockey Operations and General Manager. “Adam’s proven offense in the Ontario Hockey League was exactly what we were looking in adding to our roster. The 6’4”, 203lbs. centre will bring experience and offense to our powerplay. We are excited for him to join our team as we head into the playoff stretch.”

The Wolves will host their central division rivals, the Mississauga Steelheads Friday night on home ice. This will be the first time Ruzicka will wear the Sudbury jersey.