Rangers trade Schmidt to Kingston for draft picks

The Kitchener Rangers have traded overage defenceman Roman Schmidt to the Kingston Frontenacs for draft picks.

In return, the Rangers acquired Saginaw’s second-round pick in the 2026 OHL Priority Selection and Windsor’s third-round pick in the 2027 OHL Priority Selection.

General Manager Mike McKenzie made the announcement Tuesday afternoon in a release.

“This was an extremely difficult decision to trade Roman,” said Rangers General Manager Mike McKenzie. “He has been an integral part of our team for the last couple of years. Unfortunately, time is running out on keeping our four overage players, and at some point, something had to give, or we could risk losing a quality player for nothing. This will give all four over-aged players a chance to play big roles on their respective teams. We wish Roman the best of luck in Kingston this year and in his professional hockey journey after this year.”

Schmidt was reassigned to the Rangers on Nov. 7 from the Tampa Bay Lightning organization. He registered four assists in 14 games played.

He put up 15 goals and 50 assists in three season played with the Rangers. He was selected by the Lightning in the third-round, 96th overall in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft.

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