Expectations High For Mariners After Trade Deadline Acquisitions

Posted on Thursday, January 11, 2018 12:04 PM

The Yarmouth Junior A Mariners made a major splash before last night's MHL Trade Deadline.

The team acquired 20 year old defenseman Adam Pilotte from the Carleton Place Canadians in Ontario for future considerations.

Head Coach and General Manager Laurie Barron says Pilotte is a dynamic defenseman.

"He's a very good skater, very physical for his size, and he's a very smart player. He played top four minutes for the top team in the country. We're just ecstatic to have been able to acquire his rights."

Barron says Pilotte became available in the eleventh hour, and the deal was finalized just minutes before the deadline.

He says Pilotte was one of the best players available.

Earlier this week, the Mariners traded for 20 year old forward Patrick Daley from St. Stephen, giving up a first round pick in 2019 and future considerations.

Expectations are high for the Mariners, who have not won a playoff series in six years.

They sit in first place in the South Division by four points over South Shore.

Barron says acquiring these players doesn't mean the road to an MHL Championship will be easier, but with the Mariners leading their division he needed to give the team and fans the best on-ice product possible.

"You need a little bit of luck and for everybody to stay healthy. We need this team to mesh together as a group. I think we have the right building blocks, now we have to put it all together."

Barron says the new recruits should be in the lineup tomorrow night as the Mariners host the Pictou County Weeks Crushers.

Yarmouth will move on to Amherst Saturday night and face the Summerside Western Capitals on the road Sunday.