Ralston, NE -- The Omaha Lancers made a deal with the Fargo Force and Muskegon Lumberjacks Monday the day of the USHL Trade Deadline. The Lancers themselves are looking to make a deep run in this years 2017-18 Playoffs. The final move sends a message that Omaha is securing their offensive core with a skilled player in search of a Clark Cup victory.
Omaha traded Defenseman, Hunter Carrick (00), 2018 Phase 2 2nd Round, Phase 1 3rd Round, and a 2019 Phase 2 2nd Round draft pick. Carrick came to Omaha in a deal earlier this season from the Johnstown Tomahawks (NAHL). Hunter played in 35 games with 11 total points. While with the Lancers, the young defenseman committed to continue his education and play college hockey at Penn State University.
In return, Omaha acquired Forward, Ryan Savage (00) and a 2018 Phase 1 6th Round draft pick from the Force.
“Ryan is an outstanding young forward and we look forward to him joining our team,” said Head Coach and General Manager David Wilkie.
Savage, a Montreal, Quebec native, played in 35 games for the Force notching 12 points. The Center is committed to play college hockey at Miami University (Ohio). Ryan has faced the Lancers three times this season and is excited to become an asset to the team.
“I’m very excited,” Ryan Savage said. “I can’t wait to join as well as contribute to the success.”
“I believe I can continue to add to the offensive success. Some of my strengths are my shot and my ability to get myself into scoring positions.”
Savage has been named to the NHL Central Scouting Report and is ranked 145th among North American skates on the NHL Scouting Midterm Rankings. Ryan was also named part of the USHL/NHL Top Prospects game this year, where he was the MVP of the Western Conference. Head Coach David Wilkie had his first coaching opportunity with the newest Lancer during that game.
“Coach Willkie has created a winning and competitive environment,” Savage said. “Having him as a coach during the USHL prospects game, I know what is expected of me.”
The move gives the Lancers more significant depth on offense.
The Force moved quickly and sent Carrick to Muskegon for Forward, Zachary Faremouth (00) as a part of the 3-way trade between Omaha, Fargo, and Muskegon.
Savage’s first game with Omaha will be on Friday, March 2nd vs the Chicago Steel in Geneva, Illinois.
Lancers: Travel to Geneva, Illinois to face the Chicago Steel on Friday, March 2nd (7:05 p.m. CT; News Talk 1290 AM, Hockey TV).
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