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Jr. A Crushers assess trade prospects

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It’s a matter now which Pictou County Weeks Crushers will resume the MHL season this week.

Will it be the one with the 10-13-3 record over the season, or the one that has won five straight games and eight of its last 10?

Crushers’ general manager says much will depend on how the team performs when it resumes its season by hosting the Amherst Ramblers on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.

It’s the Crushers only game until January 10 when they host the Yarmouth Mariners. That is also the last day of league transactions.

“I don’t think our approach to the team has changed,” he said. “We always thought we had a competitive team from day one, but we appreciate the latest results but there’s lots of work to be done. The guys played with more confidence, and we’d like to have played more games rather than break for the holidays. Now it’s a matter of the players treating themselves correctly and coming back and picking up where we left off.”

The Ramblers were expected to do great things this season and still could with a healthy roster.

“Amherst has had plenty of injuries over the course of the season, so if they’re going to be at full strength when we face them we need to be ready,” he said. “January 3 will decide how we move forward the trade deadline.”

Defence is where McDavid said the team would like most to improve.

“You’re always looking for the best player available but if we pick the roster apart we’d like some experience on the blue line,” he said. “We’re carrying only six defencemen at the moment, so if the right opportunity presents itself it’s the blue line where we would like to improve.”

Dylan Riley leads the Crushers’ offence with 10 goals and 20 assists in 28 games, while Barrett Dachsyhyn has nine goals and 19 assists over 28 games.