MUSKEGON, MI- Head coach John LaFontaine wanted to bring in a top-six forward before the February 27th trade deadline, and he’s done just that. The Muskegon Lumberjacks have acquired Omaha Lancers winger Austin Alger for affiliate list player Andy Nedeljkovic and two draft picks.
Alger, 19, hails from Livonia, MI, and is committed to play collegiate hockey at Miami (OH). In his second season playing for Omaha, Alger has scored 12 goals and added 12 assists in 37 games for the struggling Lancers.
“Alger is a solid three-zone player that provides the scoring punch we need,” said general manager John Vanbiesbrouck. “He can play both wing and center, and will be a valuable addition to Muskegon.”
Nedeljkovic, an affiliate list player and 1999-birthyear, has not appeared in a game for the Lumberjacks this season. He attended fall camp, but was optioned to the protected list. Playing for Victory Honda, Nedeljkovic has racked up 16 goals and 19 assists in 32 games.
The draft picks sent over are both phase two/ entry draft picks. The first is the 2017 third-rounder Muskegon acquired from Des Moines in the Scooter Brickey trade, and the second pick is Muskegon’s 2018 6th-round selection.
Jacks fans can see Alger suit up for the first time this weekend, as the Lumberjacks return home to face the Des Moines Buccaneers on Friday and Saturday nights.