With the up-and-down 2012-2013 campaign behind them, the Elmira Sugar Kings are slowly starting to rebuild their roster for the upcoming season. The most recent move saw the team swap forward Matt Schieck for former Waterloo Siskins captain Adam Campagnolo.
“He’s a good player and Matt Schieck is a good kid. He’s going to be a good player for [the Waterloo Siskins], but we need to add a little bit of experience because we are hoping to improve in the standings from where we were last year,” said director of hockey operations Keith Stewart of this week’s trade.
It was a good move for both teams, he added. The Siskins were interested in some young blood. And with standouts Jake Weidner and Brady Campbell off to university in the U.S., the Kings are on the hunt for experienced players with leadership skills.
Campagnolo (5’11”, 180lb) fell into the Kings’ hands as the player requested a transfer from the Siskins at the end of last season.
“It’s not too often you get a chance to get a quality player like Campagnolo, who is going to be one of the top forwards,” said Stewart.
Schieck (5’8” and 150lb) was a good choice for the Siskins, who needed a young player.
“They like him. That’s the player they wanted off of our roster – they liked his work ethic. He’s young, he’s got a few years left, so they’re thinking in the future. He’s going to be a good player for them.”
As summer is just underway, the Kings are not in a hurry yet. Moves so far have included reacquiring Brennon Pearce, who went to the Cambridge Winter Hawks two years ago, and dealing forward Adam Dauda.
Right now, the team is focused on putting together a roster that will improve on last season’s results, which saw the Kings start out quickly only to slump later in the year as injuries mounted.
“Obviously, as an organization we can’t be happy about finishing in seventh place. We did have a lot of injuries but I’m not going to blame it on that. I think we need to be better so the kids that are returning from last year, they know they’ve got to be better too. Our expectations are to be in the top four, for sure.”
Campagnolo is one of the players Stewart hopes will come through as a team leader in the upcoming season.
“He was Waterloo’s captain. We really need to replace some scoring up front, so Campagnolo is going to help in that department.”