Ramblers make waiver claim on Brennan Saulnier

Darrell Cole
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The Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers have put a waiver claim in on forward Brennan Saulnier, who played with the Weeks Crushers and Woodstock Slammers last season.

AMHERST – After scoring three goals in two exhibition games, Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers coach Jim Bottomley is looking to add some offence.

Bottomley has put a waiver claim in on forward Brennan Saulnier, who was traded last week by the Woodstock Slammers to the Fort McMurray Oil Barons of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.

The Ramblers’ coach is hoping to persuade the veteran forward that he drafted when he was GM of the Bridgewater Lumberjacks to come to Amherst.

“He would be a major addition to our hockey club,” Bottomley said Wednesday morning. “We’d love to have him. He’s a proven goal scorer and would be one of the best players in the league.”

Saulnier split time between the Weeks Crushers and the Slammers last season before being dealt to the Oil Barons. He had 25 goals and 27 assists in 51 games last season after scoring 19 goals in his rookie season in Bridgewater in 2011-12.

Before he could be traded, however, he had to go through league waivers.

“I’m surprised no one else put a claim in on him,” Bottomley said.

Also joining the team will be forward Nick Skerlick, who was released by the Summerside Western Capitals on Sunday.

Bottomley said Skerlick, a native of Wayne, N.J. was originally recruited to come to Amherst, but elected to go to Summerside instead.

“We’ll take a good look at him before making any decisions,” Bottomley said. “He’s a big player at over six feet and 200 pounds. He would definitely add some size to the lineup if he can play.”

Bottomley made one cut after Saturday’s 2-1 loss to the Truro Bearcats releasing Zack Adams back to his major midget team. The club has also reassigned goalie Rowan O’Brien to major midget, but he will return when Chase Marchand gets called back up to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.

Organizations: Fort McMurray Oil Barons, Alberta Junior Hockey League, Summerside Western Capitals

Geographic location: AMHERST, Wayne, N.J., Summerside

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