Monday, January 11, 2010

Plymouth acquires Blues pick McRae

The Plymouth Whalers continued to be busy on Sunday, making two more deals after acquiring James Livingston early in the day.

The team announced the acquisition of 19-year-old center Phil McRae from the London Knights in exchange for 18-year-old left wing Tyler J. Brown, third and fourth round picks in 2010 and fifth and eighth round picks in 2012.

McRae – who is 6-foot-3 and 191 pounds – was selected by the Knights in the first round (20th overall) of the 2006 OHL draft and was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the second round (33rd overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. In three and a half seasons with the Knights, McRae has 60 goals with 93 assists for 153 points and 185 penalty over 221 games.

McRae recently won a gold medal with Whalers forward AJ Jenks and Team USA at the 2010 World Junior Championship. He tallied a goal and four assists in seven games.

"We had an opportunity to pick up a world class player coming off a gold medal win," Plymouth coach-GM Mike Vellucci said. "We feel that the additions of Phil and James Livingston give us two additional top six scorers."

Vellucci also announced that the team had traded right wing JR Marsden to Guelph for future considerations.

Photo by Terry Wilson/OHL Images

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