Ramblers make deals to improve offence

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Darrell Cole
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AMHERST - In a move to getter bigger, and better, up front the Amherst Ramblers have swung a pair of deals - one for now and one for the future.

In a pair of separate deals, the Ramblers sent a fifth-round pick and cash considerations to the Charloettetown Abbies for 20-year-old forward Brent Lynch and sent defenceman Matthew Leverman and the rights to Matthew Bragg and future considerations to the Miramichi Timberwolves for rookie forward Lee Denny.

"I coached Brent for three years at Tri-Pen and I know what he can do," Crocker said. "He's a big guy and while he hasn't done a lot in the league yet he has great potential. He's a great player on and off the ice and the fans are going to enjoy having him around."

Lynch, who has a goal and three assists in 11 games so far this season, started his junior career with the Halifax Mooseheads in 2005 and has bounced around the MJAHL since then including stops in Yarmouth and Woodstock before joining the Abbies.

A right-winger, Denny, who has two goals and an assist, was one of the top scorers in the Nova Scotia Major Midget AAA League last season and was ranked heavily by the Ramblers at draft time.

"He's a Travis Turner type hockey player who will put up some good numbers in this league as he gets more experience and playing time. He's got a lot of character and with his work ethic he's going to fit in well," Crocker said. "We wanted to upgrade at forward and we've done that with these two acquisitions."

Crocker said it was tough to give up a solid defenceman like Leverman, who has made a solid contribution to the Ramblers in the early part of the year including a goal against Truro on Tuesday night.

"We have a good core of defence but you have to give something to get something," Crocker said, adding the move may open the door for Amherst's Justin Landry, who was sent down to the Cumberland County Cool Blues several weeks to get some playing time.

"Justin will definitely help us with his size," he said.

With Bragg, Crocker picked him up last year in hopes of him playing her this season. Bragg's status this year became doubtful when he made the Windsor Spitfires at a 20-year-old.

dcole@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Ramblers, Charloettetown Abbies, Nova Scotia Major Midget AAA League Cumberland County Cool Blues

Geographic location: AMHERST, Yarmouth

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