Atlanta Gladiators have trade with Toledo Walleye
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The Atlanta Gladiators made a trade with the Toledo Walleye on Feb. 27. The Gladiators acquired defenseman Davis Vandane from the Toledo Walleye for forward Colin Jacobs. 

In 48 games with the Walleye, Vandane had five goals and 16 assists for 21 points. However the area of Vandane's game that is most impressive has been his strong improvement in the plus/minus category. Vandane has seen his plus/minus increase from a horrible -35 with the Elmira Jackals in 2016-17 to a strong +21 with the Walleye in 2017-18. The plus/minus improvement of +56 is unprecedented from one season to another. 

Jacobs had nine goals and 13 assists for 22 points in 39 games with the Gladiators in 2017-18. Like Vandane, Jacobs was a plus player this season as he was +11. A center, Jacobs was drafted in the fourth round, 107th overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabres. 

The next Gladiators home game at the Infinite Energy Arena is March 7 vs. the Orlando Solar Bears. The Gladiators and Solar Bears are battling for third place in the ECHL South Division. The Solar Bears have 60 points and the Gladiators have 57 points.

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