Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Varsity Reds Add Players

The UNB Varsity Reds would like to announce the addition of the following forward recruits to their line-up for the upcoming 2011-12 season. The Varsity Reds will be replacing eight forwards from their 2011 National Championship squad and these first four recruits include QMJHL graduates Antoine Houde-Caron of the Lewiston Maineiacs , Taylor Mac Dougall of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles along with OHL graduates Tyler Carroll of the Guelph Storm and Thomas Nesbitt of the Ottawa 67’s.

Antoine Houde-Caron is a five year QMJHL veteran who comes to the Varsity Reds via the Lewiston Maniacs of the QMJHL. Born in Brossard, Quebec, Antoine played 4 seasons for the Shawinigan Cataracts before joining Lewiston in 2010 - 11. A high energy, explosive forward, Antoine put up 16 goals, 25 assists for 41 points and 75 penalty minutes in 2010-11. As an alternate captain with Lewiston in his first season, he was awarded the Maniacs Unsung Hero award for his skill, leadership, and character. He possesses excellent speed and is in great physical condition.

Former Cape Breton Screaming Eagle Assistant Captain, Taylor MacDougall of New Maryland will be another one of a number of new faces amongst the UNB forward group. Originally selected in the 2nd Round of the QMJHL draft by the Saint John's Fog Devils, MacDougall, who is 6'04" and 225 lbs, is a five year QMJHL veteran who played over 300 games with the Eagles, Fog Devils and the now defunct Montreal Juniors . He had 9-11-20 pts in just 28 games in an injury plagued over-age year which saw him undergo season ending shoulder surgery in January. The hard working 2 way forward is an original member of UNB’s  V Reds Prospects developmental program and will be the sixth recent  member of the Screaming Eagles to join the UNB program.  Fully recovered from surgery, Mac Dougall attended the New York Rangers NHL Summer Development camp this past summer and had previously attended the Boston Bruins rookie camp in 2009.

Tyler Carroll had the best season of his four year OHL career with a 23 goal campaign as the Storm’s captain and for his performances was named co-team MVP, Humanitarian of the Year and Fan Favourite. The hard working 6’1 210 lb Carroll is a native of Strathroy, Ontario and has a big upside in his overall development. He was named among the top “2” in an OHL coaches poll as Hardest Worker, Best Defensive Forward and Most Under-rated. He excelled in Guelph on their special team’s unit especially as a top notch penalty killer and shot-blocker. He is attending his first NHL camp at the Traverse City Prospects tournament for the Carolina Hurricanes rookie squad.



Thomas Nesbitt is the former captain of the Ottawa 67’s who also enjoyed his best offensive season with 32 G - 33 A for 65 points in 65 games played. The durable five year OHL veteran set an all- time 67’s record for most games played (331) which included two 30 goal seasons. The 5’11 190 lb. Stittsville, Ontario native has a strong 2 way game, excellent speed and a potent offensive upside. This past year, he was awarded Ottawa’s Best 2 way Forward award along with the prestigious Brian Kilrea leadership award. He has previously attended the New Jersey Devils rookie and development camps and has been invited to their 2011 main training camp. Nesbitt will study Business Administration at UNB.


The Varsity Reds also announced that OHL playoff MVP Rob Mignardi will also attend UNB if he doesn’t sign a professional contract. Mignardi is currently at the LA Kings rookie camp and will also attend their main training camp later this month.  The Varsity Reds kick off their 2011 exhibition campaign in Port Hawkesbury, NS next Monday, Sept 19th vs. the Dalhousie Tigers.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

This looks to be a very solid recruiting class for the V-Reds. Each look to be quality players but I have to say I'm definitely excited about the offensive potential of both Nesbitt and Mignardi and I expect Carroll to be a Dickson-type player, tough as nails. From what I understand, there might still be a few more names to be announced as well.

UNB Bruins Fan said...

I like that these guys have been acknowledged as being Unsung Hero's/Hardest Workers/Best Defensive Forwards/Most Underrated/Best Two-Way Forward/leaders/character guys/former team captains....definitely fits in with what UNB has been doing the last handful of years, not just recruiting good players but good people.

UNB Bruins Fan said...

Surprised not to hear about Salituro...is he still on their radar I wonder??

Also, when should we expect these guys who are attending NHL camps to re-join the team?

Anonymous said...

hunters coming back....

Anonymous said...

No chance, although how sweet would that be. :)

David Kilfoil said...

Even if Tremblay wanted to come back, he couldn't, as he played several AHL games in the spring, meaning he'd have to sit out his last year of eligibility ...

On the other hand, Kyle Bailey COULD still come back 'cause he hasn't played a pro game yet, but that is highly unlikely.

Anonymous said...

lynes back?

David Kilfoil said...

Yup.