‘We like what he will bring to our hockey team’
© Pictou Weeks Major Midgets
The Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers will use one of their two territorial picks on defenceman Lucas Sangster. The Brookdale resident played major midget in Pictou last season.
AMHERST – When the Maritime Junior Hockey League holds its annual draft on Saturday in New Glasgow, defenceman Lucas Sangster will become a member of the Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers.
Ramblers coach Jim Bottomley has confirmed his team will use one of its two territorial picks to select the Brookdale resident.
“We like what he will bring to our hockey team. He has good size, has a good shot and is smart with the puck in his own end,” Bottomley said. “He’ll have a good shot of making our hockey club in the fall.”
Bottomley said Sangster impressed him with his character after joining the club for the playoff run after his major midget team was eliminated.
“I had the opportunity to work with him in the spring and he impressed me with his work ethic and how he always wanted to do what it took to improve,” Bottomley said. “In the month he was with us I saw constant improvement.”
Bottomley said Sangster has a good shot at making the hockey club. While the club will be deep on defence, Bottomley said he can’t have too many 20-year-olds in the lineup.
The Ramblers will use their second territorial pick after the fourth round of the draft.
Sangster, who is 6’2” and 196 pounds, had a good rookie season last year with the Weeks Major Midgets, picking up 15 points in 32 games.
Sangster said it would also be nice to play with the Ramblers.
“It would be an honour to play with the Ramblers. It’s a great place to play and Jimbo has done a great job turning the team into a winner,” said Sangster. “I learned a lot of things there and they treated me really great. I was treated like one of their own. It really boosted my confidence and showed I could play at that level.”
Sangster said playing major midget has helped him prepare for what comes next.
“It showed me the level of compete that I had to be prepared to do night in and night out,” he said. “The skill level was a big jump from bantam but it really prepared me to play against bigger and stronger guys.”
Sangster went undrafted in last weekend’s QMJHL draft. Bottomley said he talked to him about it on Sunday.
“I was talking to him on his way home. I told him not to get down about it that it’s not the end of the world. We both agreed that we’d prove them all wrong,” Bottomley said. “I know he’s been working hard, but now he has even more incentive to work harder to make the lineup.”