Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Spirit deal Crowder, get McDonough

Newly-acquired Saginaw forward Ryan McDonough.

On the day of the Canadian Hockey League's Import Draft, the Saginaw Spirit made some noise by dealing for youth.

The Spirit acquired forward Ryan McDonough from the Sudbury Wolves and Sudbury's first-round pick (37th overall) in the Import Draft. Going to the Wolves is forward Chase Crowder, 17, Saginaw's first-round pick (7th overall) in the Import Draft as well as second-round picks in the 2006 and 2007 OHL drafts. Saginaw also receives Sudbury's first-round CHL pick next year.

McDonough is a 17-year-old native of Toronto, Ontario, and was Sudbury's first-round pick (5th overall) in the 2004 OHL Priority Selection. He had 15 goals, 22 assists and 31 penalty minutes in 58 games with the Wolves during the 2004-05 season.

"We are extremely pleased to add a player of Ryan's caliber to our roster," said Spirit general manager and head coach Bob Mancini. "He quickly proved himself to be a point-producer in the OHL. I look forward to adding him to our offense."

McDonough, who was the third leading under-age scorer in the OHL last season, also lead Team Ontario in scoring at the last Under-17 World Challenge in Lethbridge, Alberta. Crowder collected six points and was minus-18 in 55 games last season, his second in the OHL. He was originally the Spirit's third-round pick (42nd overall) in 2003.

"We wish Chase well in his new home in Sudbury," Mancini said. "He's a good young man and the Spirit thank him for his time in Saginaw."

Both Marek Kvapil and Michael Birner are expected back as Saginaw's two import players this upcoming season.

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