Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers are currently in their last week of preparations for the June 13th MHL virtual draft. General Manager Jeff LeBlanc likes what could be returning and what’s available with the current free agents, and draft possibilities.
“We could have 15 players returning from last year’s team that finished three points out of first in the division so we like where we are in regards to returning players. Last year at this time we needed to replace 11-12, this year 5-7 so we are a lot better off.”
Amherst is one of the only teams in the MHL that hasn’t made a trade since the trade period opened last week.
“We were in on a couple things so far this off season but nothing has materialized on the trade front. Prices are high this time of year and we aren’t in a position where we need to overspend. We’d like to add a higher pick or two but right now the price is just too high.”
Amherst currently sits with the most picks in the MHL draft with 14. Amherst first pick will take place at number 18 overall unless a trade is made. Amherst 2020 1st rounder was traded to Miramichi two years ago for Matt Green.
“I’m excited for Rick (Melanson), John (Davidson), and Chris (Parsley). Last year because we went all in on the Fred Page we didn’t have many picks and that wasn’t fun for anyone. I don’t know whether we’ll have 14 by the end of the day but it’s a nice feeling when you have the ability to add 12-14 kids to our program.” LeBlanc continued. “The MHL draft in my opinion is the hardest draft in hockey.
Our scouts do a great job with preparation, and details. Doug was also scheduled to coach the Under 16 team NB in May and is familiar with the players eligible. The 2020 draft will be the draft that restocks the cupboards for us.”
Amherst will not take a territorial pick this year and will receive 2 compulsory picks, one after the 2nd and 3rd rounds.
14 picks include – 2,2T,3T,4,5,5,5,5,6,6,6,7,8,8