In his second move of the day, Canadiens general manager Mark Seguin acquired forward Blake Rutckyj from the Amherstburg Admirals in exchange for Austin Jennings.
by Rob Benneian
Rutckyj, 20, has 14 goals and 23 points in 27 games this season with the Admirals. His 14 goals were tied for first in the Admirals with three other players, but in fewer games played.
He split the 2014-15 season between the Admirals and the Jr. B Leamington Flyers and played parts of two seasons in LaSalle with the Vipers.
The Tecumseh native scored 12 goals in 14 playoff games last season, helping the Admirals reach the Great Lakes Jr. C Hockey League Finals.
“We’re getting a big, strong kid who has been a top level player in this league,” Seguin says. “He’s going to help us in all areas.”
The 6’2”, 195 pound right winger is expected to be in the lineup tonight, wearing jersey number 25, when the Canadiens host the Essex 73’s at 7:05 at the Atlas Tube Centre.
Jennings, 18, was in his rookie season of junior hockey and had split time between forward and defence.
“You can draw plans however you want at the beginning of the year, and sometimes they don’t come together. We’ve made some nice additions at the perfect time,” Seguin says.
“We’ve added some depth that we were lacking and now we have a solid team in all areas.”