PICTOU COUNTY – Pictou County Weeks Crushers staff were excited to learn Thursday, on trade deadline day, that Mitchell Deruelle will be returning to the Crushers from the Moncton Wildcats.
Now a 19-year-old, Dereulle, spent portions of the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons with the Crushers as well as the Wildcats. This season in 30 games in Moncton he had four goals and 15 points.
As a centre, Dereulle will bring experience, size and strong puck possession back to the Crushers, according to head coach Jason Malone. He said he was unsure whether he would be returning from the Wildcats, but the team was prepared to welcome him back.
“We wanted him back, but we wanted what was best for him at the same time,” said Malone. “We were happy to see him make the jump to major junior and were hoping he would be successful at that level, but we selfishly wanted him back of course.”
Malone added that there won’t be a better player moved or picked up today than Dereulle, saying he’s one of the top three 19-year-olds in the MHL.
Dereulle will join the team for their game Sunday on the road against the Woodstock Slammers. Malone said he’s unsure where he will fit in the lineup, but after a game or two they will have a good idea what their strongest lines will be.
Thursday afternoon Crushers’ defenceman, Brennan Bailey, was picked up by the Halifax Mooseheads for the remainder of the season. In 25 games with the Crushers this season Bailey has one goal and four points as an 18-year-old.
"We're very happy for Brennan to be given the opportunity," said Malone. "We hope he enjoys his experience with the Mooseheads as they prepare for a long playoff run."