The Amherst Ramblers have dealt another 20-year-old, sending Ryan Caswell to Summerside so he can attend school there in the fall.
SUMMERSIDE – The reshaping of the Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers continues.
The Ramblers announced the trade of 20-year-old forward Ryan Caswell to the Summerside Western Capitals on Tuesday.
Amherst also sent a ninth-round pick to Summerside in return for the playing rights to Karl Belec and Sam Cameron – who were both drafted by the Capitals on June 7.
“This is a move to accommodate Ryan’s wishes to go to school on Prince Edward Island next year,” team president Jim Henwood said Wednesday. “Ryan’s father contacted us right after we let Jim go to ask us if we could move Ryan to Summerside so he could go to Holland College. We didn’t want to stand in his way or not let him play hockey. We wanted to accommodate him and Josh (Hepditch) says we got some really good, young assets in return.”
Caps GM Pat McIver is happy with his latest acquisition.
“He’s (Caswell) a 20-year-old that is hoping to be going to school here (at Holland College),” McIver told the Journal-Pioneer. “He’s going to be a good player. He was a really good player last year, and he will hopefully be an even better player this year.”
In 51 regular-season games with the Ramblers last season, the six-foot-one and 185-pound Caswell, who is from St. Stephen, N.B., recorded 43 points – 18 goals and 25 assists – and 48 penalty minutes.
“I like him a lot,” said McIver. “He plays with grit, has some skill, is a two-way player and is a hard-working player.
“Fans are going to love watching this kid play.”
Belec, who had 26 points, including 11 goals, in 35 games with the Moncton Flyers last season was taken in the fourth round of the draft while Cameron was a ninth-round selection. In 34 regular-season games with the Fredericton Canadiens, Cameron had 24 points, including 11 goals.
“We gave up two pretty good prospects, and they may have two players for a total of eight years (four years each), but with our depth up front and the age of our forwards, it allowed us to make this deal,” said McIver, who added Caswell “is excited to come (to Summerside).”
(With files from Jason Simmonds, TC Media)