SUMMERSIDE – The Summerside Western Capitals were one of three teams to pass on their two territorial selections in the MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League).
As a result, the Capitals, Amherst Ramblers and Woodstock Slammers will receive compensatory picks after the second and third rounds of Saturday’s MHL draft at Credit Union Place in Summerside.
MHL president and Kinkora native Derryl Smith explained that each team has a designated area from which they can make territorial selections. The Caps’ area is Prince County, and the deadline for teams to submit territorial picks was Monday.
“The idea behind territorial picks is they are protected, you put them (picks) in before the draft and it gives you a chance to draft local players,” added Smith.
Capitals general manager Pat McIver explained the Capitals are hoping to use the two extra picks to acquire players who in all likelihood will not be available later in the draft. McIver emphasized it’s “no slight against anybody” because the Caps went this route.
“We just don’t have very many picks,” said McIver. “The pick at the end of the second round is 25th overall, it’s a pretty good pick.
“Some of the guys that are local are really young, and could potentially be available next year when we have a lot more picks. It made sense for us right now to pass on the territorial picks and have these two extra picks.”
The MHL will hold its annual general meeting on Friday at the Quality Inn in Summerside, and the league’s annual draft will take place on Saturday afternoon at Credit Union Place.