In a shocking revelation Tuesday afternoon the Rail Yard Dawgs announced they had traded forward Colton Wolter to the Macon Mayhem in exchange for Marcus Ortiz. The fan reaction has been mixed so far as Wolter is Roanoke’s leading goal scorer this year, posting 11 goals in 29 games. Wolter has also put up 8 assists for a total of 19 points, and had plus/minus of 0.
Marcus Ortiz is not really something to shy away at though. Ortiz himself also has 11 goals scored this season. He has a total of 15 points, with 4 assists in addition to his 11 goals. The most notable downside to him is that he is a minus 15 as opposed to Wolter’s even 0 plus/minus. However, one could give that a pass as plus/minus is a hotly debated topic on whether or not it truly reflects on a players talent. The 5’11” forward also adds some extra grit to the team, which could come in handy.
One stat that could potentially be being overlooked is shot totals. Roanoke has struggled tremendously this season with getting shots to the net and have been out-shot in several of their tilts. Marcus Ortiz has 117 shots on goal by himself. Roanoke’s highest shot total leader is Jeff Jones, with 76 shots on target, 41 shots less than Ortiz has. Wolter has 69 shots on goal so far this season.
Overall, losing Wolter seems like a minus at first, but Ortiz is a solid player who could end up surprising some people. Ortiz will get his first start in a Dawgs jersey this Friday as the team heads to Huntsville, Alabama for a date with the reigning champs. Puck drop is at 8:00PM!