Evan MacEachern and John Mullally
OAKVILLE, Ont. – Over the next three days both John Mullally and Evan MacEachern of the Weeks Crushers will be in Oakville, Ont. hoping to crack the Canada East lineup for the upcoming World Junior A Challenge.
The pair are two of seven MHL players invited to the camp, four of which are from Atlantic Canada. Crushers head coach Jason Malone said the opportunity is great for both the players and the organization.
“I think it’s not only great for our organization, but more importantly it’s great for both Johnny and Evan because they’ve put in a lot of time since they’ve been with us in terms of their development,” said Malone. “They both have great work ethics and this is part of their process in trying to achieve their end goal. When we met with John and Evan last year we hoped this would be part of their 18-year-old year and I’m thrilled that they’ve been given the opportunity.”
A forward, Mullally is seventh in the MHL and second on the Crushers in scoring with nine goals and 17 points, while MacEachern has two goals and six points for Pictou County on the blue line. The camp started last night and runs until Wednesday, meaning the Crushers will have both players back in the lineup for this weekend. Malone said that wasn’t a concern, as he wants both players to learn from the camp and enjoy themselves.
He added that he told both players that the role they play on the Crushers may not be the one they play with Canada East and that they may need to adjust to find a role that they fit into on the roster.
When asked about his thoughts on the number of MHL or Maritime players invited to the camp he said he didn’t want to comment as he was unsure what
“I think it’s unfair for me to try to answer that question, for myself I’m biased because I’m a Maritimer myself and I think our talent pool out here is very big,” he said. “I would like to see that number grow, but at the end of the day I’m not part of their process and not part of the evaluations. I have no idea how their coaching staff came to offer seven spots to seven players out of our league.”