Wolverines acquire Rhynold

WILLY PALOV -- Halifax Herald

, Last Updated: 1:20 PM ET

Jim Bottomley finally got some good news on Sunday.

The QMJHL's Bathurst Titan sent forward James Rhynold to Bottomley's Halifax Wolverines, which should give the struggling expansion team a huge shot in the arm.

"In his case, he wasn't playing and he expressed an interest in coming back," said Bottomley, the Wolverines' head coach and general manager. "At this stage of the game, to get a quality 19-year-old is a big addition."

Bottomley acquired Rhynold's rights in November in a multi-player trade with the Amherst Ramblers. The five-foot-11, 215-pound right winger is regarded as a bruising power forward that can score and create room on the ice for less physical players. He only had four goals and eight points in 37 games for the Titan this year, but will make a considerable impact on the low-scoring Wolverines.

"We played all year with no experience at all," Bottomley said. "Our guys are mostly high school players or players left unprotected or midget players. Finally we're starting to add players like the other teams have -- major junior players. In his case now, he's a kid that will make a lot of room and he'll have a big physical impact. In our league, he'll play on our top line and certainly add scoring. He likes to crash the net and he has a good shot."

On top of that, Rhynold is a tenacious fighter and should be a good fit with Bottomley. Those kinds of players thrive under the longtime junior A coach's guidance and Bottomley expects him to become a quick fan favourite.

"He's always had a good all-around game but his role has always been to stand up for his teammates," Bottomley said. "I'm sure he'll continue to do that here but his skills haven't really been tapped yet and we're looking forward to getting him."

For his part, Rhynold is anxious to get the chance to have an impact after seeing limited action with the Titan.

"The main reason I came down was to get more ice time," Rhynold said. "It should be good for me down in junior A.

"It's great for me to be going to a young team as far as being able to work on my hockey skills. . . . and being more of a key player, a go-to guy will be a nice change."


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