AMHERST – The Amherst Ramblers have picked up Moncton Wildcats’ prospect Brett Arthur.
Arthur, drafted in the second round by the Ramblers in June, is expected to arrive in town early next week after being let go by the QMJHL team. He will affiliate with the Wildcats.
“It works out great for us because he’s a gifted scorer with some size,” Ramblers’ coach Jim Bottomley said last night. “It’s a big jump from high school hockey to junior, but he really impressed at the Wildcats’ camp.”
In 24 games with the Millwood Knights last season, the 17-year-old Middle Sackville native had 27 goals and 34 assists for 61 points to lead the Metro High School Hockey League in scoring.
The 6’4”, 200-pound forward added 13 points in six playoff games.
The Ramblers made their first cuts of the training camp following Tuesday night’s exhibition contest and Bottomley expects some more to be let go today.
The club is on the ice from 10 a.m. to noon and against from 2 to 4 p.m.
Amherst opens its exhibition schedule at home on Saturday against the Dieppe Commandos. The team plays in Dieppe on Sunday.
In other news, defenceman Jeff Krichew will rejoin the team from the Saint John Sea Dogs. Krichew had a goal and seven assists and 80 penalty minutes in 41 games as rookie on the Ramblers’ blueline.
Krichew was expected to be attending St. F.X., but will be registering at Mount Allison.