In one of two separate trades on Friday
SUMMERSIDE – The Summerside Western Capitals made two separate trades on Friday that included the acquisition of a veteran defenceman.
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Eric Chipman of the Miramichi Timberwolves completes a check against Summerside Western Capitals defenceman Wade Kropp during MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) action in Summerside on Sept. 22.
The Capitals picked up 20-year-old Mitchell Henneberry from the Bridgewater Lumberjacks in exchange for the MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) rights to forward Drew Wilcox of Cape Breton, a second-round pick in 2014, a fifth-round pick in 2015 and future considerations. Wilcox is currently playing junior B in Nova Scotia.
In a separate deal, the Caps dealt defenceman Wade Kropp to the Amherst Ramblers for a fifth-round draft pick in 2015 and future considerations.
Capitals general manager Pat McIver explained the trades: “We had an opportunity to add an experienced defenceman (Henneberry). He was the captain in Bridgewater.
“We felt we needed to get a little more experience in the back end. We didn’t have any 20-year-olds in our back end, and our inexperience shows some nights back there.
“Adding a guy like Henneberry, he will be able to come in and give us some solid minutes and allow our younger guys to develop at a pace that is fair to them.
“With Wade Kropp it became a numbers thing, especially when we added Jake McKenna earlier in the week, and that put us to eight defencemen. We have three ’95-born defencemen and one ’96, so we are really young on our back end. It allowed us to move Wade Kropp to Amherst to get some assets to be able to do the deal to get the 20-year-old defenceman.
“We are pleased and feel we got better as a hockey team today (Friday).”
The left-handed shooting Henneberry, who is from Halifax, N.S., is listed as six feet and 185 pounds. In 11 regular-season games with the Lumberjacks this season, Henneberry has two assists and 12 penalty minutes.
Henneberry is expected to make his debut with the Capitals against the Truro Bearcats on Saturday night.
The five-foot-11 and 177-pound Kropp, who is from Russell, Ont., appeared in six regular-season games with the Caps, picking up one assist. A left-handed shot, Kropp will turn 18 on Nov. 14.