Hoot Ows Trade

Hoot Ows Trade

Joined: October 1st, 2010, 8:41 pm

August 4th, 2011, 7:10 pm #1

Tri-City Americans Governor/General Manager Bob Tory announced today that the team has traded 20-year-old goaltender Drew Owsley and a conditional 7th round pick in the 2013 draft to the Prince George Cougars in exchange for 19-year-old goaltender Ty Rimmer, a 3rd round pick in the 2012 draft and a 5th round pick in the 2013 draft.

Rimmer, a 6'0 174-pound netminder from Edmonton, Alberta, was a 14th round (303rd overall) selection by the Brandon Wheat Kings in the 2007 Bantam Draft. After making his WHL debut in 2009-10 with Brandon, Rimmer was dealt on October 18 to the Cougars where he went on to appear in 43 games. Rimmer amassed a 17-20-0-2 record in 2010-11 along with a 3.29 goals against average, a 0.899 save percentage and four shutouts in his rookie WHL season.

"Obviously we have an overage situation that needed attention," stated Tory. "This deal helps alleviate some of those issues while returning valuable draft picks and a veteran goaltender. We feel that the tandem of Ty (Rimmer) and Eric (Comrie) gives us depth in goal headed into the 2011-12 season. We welcome Ty to our family and look forward to watching him compete at camp."

Owsley, listed at 5'8 170 pounds from Lethbridge, Alberta, was a former list prospect Tri-City added in September of 2007. Over the next three seasons, Owsley went on to appear in 122 regular season games for Tri-City, registering a 76-33-2-2 record, a 2.68 goals against average, a 0.911 save percentage and nine shutouts. He leaves Tri-City ranked 3rd all-time on the Americans' regular season wins, goals against average and shutout lists, 2nd all-time save percentage and 6th all-time in games and minutes played. Owsley also finishes his Tri-City career inked all over the Americans' playoff record books. Owsley departs as the all-time leader in playoff games played (29), minutes played (1,684), wins (18), save percentage (0.920) and shutouts (3) while his 2.49 playoff goals against average ranks 2nd all-time.

"Unfortunately, we cannot keep all of our overage players. This will give Drew the opportunity to continue to play in the WHL in a dominant role with Prince George," Tory continued. "We thank Drew for all he has done for our program and wish him nothing but the best with the Cougars."

The move leaves Tri-City with five overage players headed into training camp in just over three weeks. The remaining 20-year-olds on the roster are Adam Hughesman, Brendan Shinnimin, Mason Wilgosh, Matt MacKenzie and Brock Sutherland. The Americans will need to be down to three overage players no later than October 13, which is the mandated WHL Overage Cutdown Draft.

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August 4th, 2011, 7:25 pm #2

So with Owsley moving out and Rimmer (an inferior starter to Owsley) coming in, does this open the door for the Americans to give Comrie a Dan Blackburn-like workload in his 16 year old season? Certainly Comrie is one of the most anticipated goaltenders in the WHL in the last decade or more.

So Comrie plays as much as he can handle, with the Ams having Rimmer on the bench to turn to if Comrie runs into any problems?

This also means the Ams can now keep two of the Shinnimin-Hughesman-Wilgosh trifecta of overage forwards - or even all three if Matt Mackenzie does sign with the Sabres this fall and turns pro.

I'm not an Ams fan but it's hard not to take notice of how Ams G.M. Bob Tory has taken what were really sticky overage & goaltending situations a month ago and turned a couple deals which cleared everything up and made his team a lot better overall too.
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August 4th, 2011, 7:45 pm #3

A 19 year old goalie who belongs in the league, a 3rd rounder, and a 5th rounder is a GREAT return for an overage goalie. Tory shows once again why he is one of the top three or four GMs in the league.
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August 4th, 2011, 7:56 pm #4

Obviously get picks back was great, but how is Rimmer as a goalie? I've never seen him play.
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August 4th, 2011, 8:40 pm #5

I actually haven't seen him play either, but from what I remember, he started the year with Brandon last season and played pretty well but got shipped out in favour of keeping two younger goalies (Liston and Boes). But he had four shutouts on a pretty mediocre PG squad last year that allowed the second-most goals in the conference so he must have really stood on his head a few times.
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August 4th, 2011, 9:14 pm #6

Obviously get picks back was great, but how is Rimmer as a goalie? I've never seen him play.



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August 4th, 2011, 9:31 pm #7

We were waiting for someone to pull a Red Dwarf joke there!
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August 4th, 2011, 9:36 pm #8

So with Owsley moving out and Rimmer (an inferior starter to Owsley) coming in, does this open the door for the Americans to give Comrie a Dan Blackburn-like workload in his 16 year old season? Certainly Comrie is one of the most anticipated goaltenders in the WHL in the last decade or more.

So Comrie plays as much as he can handle, with the Ams having Rimmer on the bench to turn to if Comrie runs into any problems?

This also means the Ams can now keep two of the Shinnimin-Hughesman-Wilgosh trifecta of overage forwards - or even all three if Matt Mackenzie does sign with the Sabres this fall and turns pro.

I'm not an Ams fan but it's hard not to take notice of how Ams G.M. Bob Tory has taken what were really sticky overage & goaltending situations a month ago and turned a couple deals which cleared everything up and made his team a lot better overall too.
The King and I spoke to him in Spokane last year during the playoffs and asked him what he thinks of his goalie... "I think he is gonna be the best goalie we have ever had."... Lucky for us we got to see Comrie play later that night and I was VERY impressed. Even though I am a Thunderbirds fan, I am excited to see him play the next 4 years lol.
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August 4th, 2011, 10:24 pm #9

He plays with a calm that you don't see in a 16 year old goalie normally.

I'm looking forward to seeing him for the next few seasons!

Rock On AMS!
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August 4th, 2011, 10:26 pm #10

The King and I spoke to him in Spokane last year during the playoffs and asked him what he thinks of his goalie... "I think he is gonna be the best goalie we have ever had."... Lucky for us we got to see Comrie play later that night and I was VERY impressed. Even though I am a Thunderbirds fan, I am excited to see him play the next 4 years lol.
Chet Pickard, Carey Price, even Drew. Tri has had some GREAT net minders, so for Tory to say Comrie will be the best, or even in that calibur, he must have very high expectations. Good to hear. Sorry to see Drew go though.
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