11 picks in 10 rounds, eighth overall selection
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The Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers will have 11 picks in Saturday's Maritime Junior Hockey League draft in New Glasgow.
AMHERST – The Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers will begin shaping their lineup for next season on Saturday when New Glasgow hosts the 2013 MHL Draft.
The Ramblers, coming off a six-game Eastlink Division series loss to the Truro Bearcats, enter the draft with 11 picks in 10 rounds, including the eighth overall selection in the first round.
“Our hope is to get the best player available. Our immediate concern is to address our needs up front with some size and scoring ability,” coach Jim Bottomley said Thursday. “There’s a good crop of players out there. It’s not as good as last year, but there’s some key guys out there that we hope are still around.”
The draft begins at 1 p.m. at the Wellness Centre.
The Ramblers don’t have a second round pick and have one pick in the third, along with two in the fourth, three in the fifth and two in the sixth. The club has single picks in the seventh and 10th rounds and no picks in the eighth and ninth rounds.
Amherst will confirm defenceman Luke Sangster as its territorial pick after the third round and will use its other pick after the fourth round.
Last year, Amherst used the ninth pick to select goalie Chase Marchand. Only Marchand, territorial pick Josh Puglsey and ninth-round selection Serge Boisvert saw action with the club this past season.
Bottomley said he’s hoping to be able to pick at least a couple of players who will be able to step into the lineup this season, while he expects a number of picks will either go back to their major midget teams or go into the QMJHL.
“I want to be able to pick a few players that can step right in, but I’d also like to build some depth on the protected list,” he said. “There are a couple of guys that may be a year or two away.”
Amherst used its depth in January when it acquired Jacob Conrad from the Bridgewater Lumberjacks for a couple of players playing in the QMJHL and a couple playing Junior B.
The Ramblers could also be busy on the trade front. Bottomley said he has some assets to make a few moves to improve the hockey club.