Friday, August 21, 2009

Another Pair of Recruits Announced

Today's Daily Gleaner reveals the names of two more recruits - Nick Layton and Matt Fillier from the Montreal Juniors of the QMJHL.

Fillier, Montreal's team captain, was a 7th round draft pick of the LA Kings in 2007 and is known for his gritty play and solid leadership. He should bring some "sandpaper" to the forward lines to mix nicely with the highly skilled players.


Nick Layton is another NB-born player, who wore the "A" in Montreal this season beside Fillier. In addition to being a strong skater, Layton brings a hard checking style to UNB. When Montreal had some injury troubles this past season, Layton was given the opportunity and stepped it up offensively, scoring 29 goals and adding 50 assists for 79 points. In addition to skill, Layton brings some size to UNB's forward ranks at over 6 ft tall and 210 lbs.


These latest two players will be welcome additions to a strong V-Reds lineup, welcome Matt and Nick.

19 comments:

David Kilfoil said...

Glad to see another Pictou County kid at UNB in Fillier ... the last one was Mike Sim and he made quite an impact in his year here.

Anonymous said...

Something that has kind of got missed from today's article. "A recent addition to their schedule has them facing the American Hockey League Portland Pirates in a Sept. 30 exhibition game."

I'm assuming in Portland, but pretty impresive non the less. 3 Great exhibition games in 6 days for them!!

UNBhockeyfans.com said...

Hey you're right! Just like Christmas morning, we focused on the shiny new presents and forgot what was printed on the card and missed the Portland game! Just testing you guys :)

Still waiting for confirmation on location, but you're guess is probably right on it being an away game.

Thanks for pointing it out.

David Kilfoil said...

I was just wandering over here to point out the Portland AHL game being buried in the story. Yes, that game will be in Portand -- Gardiner told me is Portland's last exhibition games before they make some players cuts, and it works out well as it breaks up UNB's roadtrip to play UMass.

Anonymous said...

Although none of these guys being announced are much of a surprise I am somewhat surprised with the breakdown of 3 Dmen and 5 forwards...with Shutron/Wright/Corcoran they replaced Bowman/Friesen/DaCosta atleast in terms of bodies but probably not production...unless they plan on going with Hepditch/Aldred at D all year it seems they have a logjam of forwards and are thinner at the blueline

Anonymous said...

This brings UNB's total # of recruits so far this off-season up to 7... 5 forwards and 2 D. If memory serves me correctly, UNB lost Cuddihy, Pearce, Henderson & possibly McCutcheon off of last year's forward lines. Remembering, as well, that Daine Todd is still to be added into the mix, where does everyone think the guys that played on the 3rd & 4th lines last year will fit in this year? Obviously, baring any major injuries, there's bound to be a few "healthy scratches" on a nightly basis. Any thoughts?

David Kilfoil said...

McCutcheon is out of eligibility I believe. Don't forget that Jordan Clendenning is expected to be out until Christmas as he rebabs from surgery, and we really won't know until he starts playing how successful Todd's surgery and rehab has gone.

I think it is safe to say that Aldred will be start on D this season, and Hepditch will continue to be the ultimate utility player. Corcoran, who still hasn't been officially announced by UNB, will probably have to work himself into the lineup, and wait for the inevitable injuries.

Anonymous said...

Didn't realize Clendenning was going to be out for awhile..I assume the surgery had to do with the injury he suffered last year?

Eric said...

I heard he needed two opeations - both related to his torn ACL (which he played on for the second half).

Anonymous said...

Any new news regarding that goalie UNB was interested in?

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know if the New UNB Sports logo will be inputed on the UNB Hockey Jerseys this season?

Im not a big fan of the simple UNB Hockey Logo they have worn the past 3 seasons, like to see a nice new design on the Uniforms

Eric said...

I don't think the new logo will be as 'new' as everyone is thinking, but I have no inside news.

Probably going to officially recognize the current "UNB" with swosh as the 'logo'.

Eric said...

As for the new goalie - with two already - no rush. He might red shirt the season, play some senior and start next year (UNB's first hosting year of two).

Anonymous said...

I'm assuming they're playing in Portland and not at the AUC?

David Kilfoil said...

You are assuming correctly.

Anonymous said...

The CIS doesn't have 'redshirting' in the sense that the NCAA does...obviously whether this guy joins the the team or not won't have any effect on the upcoming season since he has to sit out atleast one full season to be ruled eligible (if I am not mistaken) but I was just curious if anyone had heard anything confirming that he will be with the team next season...

David Kilfoil said...

There has been no official announcement about the goalie, and there may not be until next year. You're right, in the CIS what we call red-shirting is not the same as NCAA. You're simply sitting out your year to get your eligibility back and not listed on any roster or team list. You are also a complete free agent -- remember Chris Hodgson sat out his year at STU, was expected to play there, yet was a walk-on for UNB.

PK said...

If the new logo is what now appears on water bottles handed out at UNB sports camps, don't get too excited!

I agree with Eric, I think it is a tweak more than an overhaul.

Eric said...

The Press received an invite today to attend the Logo unveiling on Monday. It also listed that the website will be updated as well.