Ramblers choose goaltender in first round at MHL draft

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Ramblers receive Executive of the Year award at draft

Ramblers coach and general manager Jim Bottomley said the Ramblers drafted a balance of skill, speed and size during the Maritime Hockey League draft Saturday in Yarmouth.

AMHERST – The MVP of the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League is the newest goaltender for the Maritime Hockey League Amherst Ramblers.

Chase Marchand was nabbed by the Ramblers in the first round of the 2012 MHL draft Saturday in Yarmouth.

“I thought we did very well to get the MVP out of the major midget league,” said Jim Bottomley, Ramblers coach and general manager. “Any time you can get the top goalie in the midget league there’s a possibility he could be there for three to four years at his age.”

Bottomley said teams don’t usually start looking at goaltenders until the third round, “but Truro took (Jacob) Fancy (eighth pick in the first round) and teams needed goaltenders so we thought we should take the pick.”

Marchand, who was picked ninth overall, will play backup to Richard Tingley.

“We got the top scorer of the Maritime Midget League in Josh Puglsey, and then we added the MVP, so I’m very pleased with that,” said Bottomley.

The Ramblers picked Marcus Cuomo in the second round.

“He’s the top player out of St. John’s Newfoundland,” said Bottomley.

Bottomley’s philosophy going into the draft was to acquire players who can step in and play right away.

“We feel we have three or four who could step right in this year,” he said. “We also have a couple kids who we expect will go back to midget and will join us the year after, so we’ve looked after our immediate needs and looked down the road as well.

“We’re very pleased with our draft. We have a good balance of skill, speed and some big guys,” added Bottomley.

The Ramblers also made a trade with the Dieppe Commandos at the draft.

“We used an eighth round pick in next years draft to acquire Ryan Caswell,” said Bottomley. “He was playing at a prep school in the States, but he’ll be going to Mount Allison University this year.”

The Ramblers also received the Executive of the Year award at the 2012 MHL draft.

“It’s a great honour to get the award from the league,” said Bottomley. “We came from last place last year to going to the top ten in the country at the start of the year and battling for first place right down to the final two weeks.”

Bottomley gives credit to Ramblers president Jim Henwood, his executive and the board of directors.

“They really worked hard off the ice fundraising,” said Bottomley “Every other club has major sponsors so the award says a lot for the organization and the work they did. They worked hard off the ice to put a good product on the ice.

“It was a major adjustment from the year before.”

He also thanks the fans.

“There was great support from the fans and that helped us get that award,” he added.

The Amherst Ramblers draft picks are as follows:

ROUND 1

NINTH PICK

Chase Marchand

Birthdate: 17-Dec-95

Last Year's Team: Cole Harbour Major Midgets

Pos: Goalie

ROUND 2

NINTH PICK

Marcus Cuomo

Birthdate:

Last Year's Team: St. John's Pennecon Privateers

Pos: Forward

ELEVENTH PICK

Brett Arthur

Birthdate: 05/08/94

Last Year's Team: Cole Harbour AAA

Pos: D

ROUND 3

NINTH PICK

Thomas Mansbridge

Birthdate: 05-Mar-95

Last Year's Team: Moncton Flyers Midget AAA

Pos: Forward

ROUND 4

SEVENTH PICK

Tristan Unsworth

Birthdate: 29-Aug-95

Last Year's Team: Cape Breton Tradesmen

Pos: Forward

ROUND 5

ELEVENTH PICK

John Deacon

Birthdate: 08-Apr-95

Last Year's Team: Valley Wildcats

Pos: Forward

NO PICKS IN ROUND 6 AND 7

ROUND 8

NINTH PICK

Mackenzie Young

Birthdate: 01-Jun-96

Last Year's Team: Dartmouth Taylor Flooring Major Midgets

Pos: Forward

ROUND NINE

PICK 6

Lucas Zwaagstra

Birthdate: 1995/03/23

Last Year's Team: Stanstead College

Pos: Forward

PICK 7

Serge Boisvert

Birthdate: 94/06/01

Last Year's Team: Oddessey

Pos: Forward

PICK 9

Andrew Flynn

Birthdate: 95/11/28

Last Year's Team: Ontario Hockey Academy

Pos: Defence

ROUND 10

NINTH PICK

Paul Gulliver

Birthdate: 10-Jul-94

Last Year's Team: Saint John Vito's Midget AAA

Pos: Forward

TERRITORIAL PICKS

ROUND 1

Josh Pugsley

Birthdate: 08-Jul-96

Last Year's Team: Weeks Major Midgets

Pos: Forward

ROUND 2

Logan Doiron

Birthdate: 12-Jan-95

Last Year's Team: Cornwall Thunder Midget AAA

Pos: Forward

 

 

 

 

 

 

Organizations: Stanstead College, Maritime Midget League, Mount Allison University Ontario Hockey Academy

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Yarmouth, Newfoundland St. John's Moncton Cape Breton

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