67's trade for local lad Merrett

DON BRENNAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:07 AM ET

The 67's may have landed themselves another Corey Cowick.

Or, they've just acquired an overager with 230 OHL games under his belt.

Either way, all it cost them was a seventh-round pick.

That's what GM Brian Kilrea has paid to obtain forward Andrew Merrett in a deal with the Brampton Battalion. The 20-year-old, who grew up in Metcalfe, has spent most of his four-year OHL career with the IceDogs.

"A chance to come back and play in front of family and friends can give a guy a little boost," said Kilrea, who watched Cowick blossom from an 11- to a 34-goal scorer after he traded for the Gloucester native last off-season.

SLOWED BY AN INJURY

"We're not looking for the big numbers from (Merrett), but with so many young kids in our lineup, he'll add some experience."

The 6-foot-2, 200-lb. Merrett had just 30 points (nine goals) this past season, when he was bothered by an ankle injury and saw his role change after a mid-term trade from Niagara to Brampton. The season before, he had 52 points (21 goals) in 65 games.

"I liked the kid two years ago," said Kilrea.

Kilrea now has two more overage spots to fill. Offers will go to Cowick and defenceman Julie Demers if one or either doesn't play pro. Winger Stephen Blunden might also get consideration.


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