By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald
The Tri-City Americans added another player to the fold Wednesday, bringing in rugged forward Devon McAndrews.
“He’s a guy I identified over a year ago who I thought would help our team,” said Tri-City general manager Bob Tory. “The fact he is coming now is good news for us. We are in a transition with our team. The ability to add a new player gives us depth and options to look at things in the future. Obviously we can’t carry 16 forwards when everyone is healthy, so it puts pressure on the players here to perform.”
The Americans acquired McAndrews’ rights from Medicine Hat last October in exchange for a conditional sixth-round pick in the 2014 WHL bantam draft.
McAndrews, from Edmonton, Alberta, chose to play for the Spruce Grove Saints of the Alberta Junior Hockey League last year instead of making the move to the WHL.
“I like his potential,” Tory said. “I respected his family in taking the time to think about things. He was in his Grade 12 year (last year) and I think that was important to his parents that he got that out of the way.”
After playing 15 games with the Saints this season, McAndrews, 18, decided to make the leap.