Kitchener, ON: One day after the Ontario Hockey League trading moratorium ended, Rangers head coach/general manager Peter DeBoer has completed a deal with the Plymouth Whalers subject to OHL approval.
The Rangers receive 6’ LW Gregory Campbell who scored 17 goals last season playing with Plymouth. Campbell, a 3rd round (67th overall) selection of the Florida Panthers in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft also picked up 53 points along with 105 PIM’s in 65 games.
Campbell will also join Ranger teammates Derek Roy and Steve Eminger as invitee’s to the World Junior Camp.
“Gregory is a player we are familiar with from our time in Plymouth”, noted head coach/general manager Peter DeBoer. “He addresses a need for us on the wing with his size and style of play.”
In addition to Campbell the Rangers will also receive a 3rd round pick in the 2003 OHL Priority Selection.
In exchange the Rangers send 19 year old C Ryan Ramsay, RW Gary Klapkowski who played most of last season with Springfield of the North American Hockey League, and a 2nd round pick in the 2003 OHL Priority Selection to Plymouth.
“It’s unfortunate you have to move a good player to get a good player. We wish Ryan and Gary the best of luck in the future” said DeBoer.
The teams also swapped conditional draft picks in the 2004 OHL Priority Selection Draft.
If Ramsay plays as an overage in the OHL the Rangers will also receive the Whalers 2nd round pick in the 2004 draft. If Campbell plays in the OHL as an overage player, the Whalers will receive the Rangers 2nd round pick in the draft.
The Rangers open up their 2002 exhibition season on September 1 when they host the Oshawa Generals. Gametime is 2pm following the Annual Fan BBQ which runs from 11am – 2pm that same day.
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