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Tri-City Americans look to integrate new defensman

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KENNEWICK, Wash -- The Tri-City Americans are starting to work in their newest defensman. Over the weekend they acquired Derek Ryckman from the Lethbridge Hurricanes in exchange for a fourth round pick in the 2012 bantam draft.

The nineteen-year-old had spent his entire WHL career with Lethbridge. The Americans immediately expect Ryckman to become an integral part of the defense. He is listed at 6'4" and 205 pounds.

"We thought we would bring in another older, more experienced player and obviously someone with great size and been in the league for a long time. So we don't need him to do anything extraordinary. We just want him to come in and use what his assets are," said Americans head coach Jim Hiller.

"I think he's going to fit in really well. He's a big - he is one of our bigger guys and you know I heard he's a good shutdown guy and we need more guys like that. And yes he will fit in right away," said Americans defensmen Zach Yuen.