Thursday, August 14, 2014

V-Reds Announce Addition Of 3 Recruits

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds have announced the addition of three OHL players to their roster for the upcoming 2014-2015 season.

The first is goaltender Chris Carrozzi, from Ottawa, Ontario.

From the press release:  
Carrozzi was a 4th-round draft pick with the NHL's Atlanta Thrashers after a stellar four-year career in the OHL where he played with the Mississauga-St.Mike's Majors.
Carrozzi was named OHL goalie of the year in 2009-10 after posting a 2.36 GAA and a .916 save percentage.  His pro career was spent mainly with the ECHL's Gwinnett Gladiators and Ontario Reign, which saw him post a sterling 2.27 GAA and .992 save percentage in 2011-12.  He was called up to the AHL on three separate occasions and played in seven games. 
Carrozzi will start the season in his fourth year of eligibility.
"Chris has excellent pedigree as a top profile goaltender," said UNB head coach Gardiner MacDougall. "He has valuable pro experience, has had an excellent summer of training with Dan Lacosta and is excited about the opportunity here at UNB."
 One scouting report, from 2011, states:
Carrossi is big (alternately listed at 6-2 or 6-3) but has some trouble with lateral movement and glove hand. His chief strength, aside from his obvious raw talent and technical skills, is his ability to remain calm and appear almost aloof regardless of the situation. Also showed tremendous perseverance in bouncing back from a disappointing 2088-09 season to have an outstanding final year in junior. 
The V-Reds have also added forward Cameron Brace to the line-up.

From the press release:
Cameron Brace is a highly touted recruit the Varsity Reds are thrilled to land. The 5'10", 180lb forward is coming off a fantastic five-year OHL career where he spent four years with the Owen Sound Attack and was part of their 2011 OHL Championship squad. Brace was later traded to the Belleville Bulls where he had 27 goals in 42 games and was named an assistant captain.
Brace was named OHL Player of the Week for his final week of junior hockey. He had a career best 35-39-74 pts in the 2013-14 season and attended the Pittsburgh Penguin's training camp. His OHL totals include 106 goals and 100 assists for 206 points in 265 games played.

"Cameron is a dynamic player with top notch speed and an excellent shot. He should thrive on our style of play and be a crowd favourite here at UNB," said MacDougall.
A 2013 scouting report mentions that his strengths are his speed, knack for coming through in the clutch, and penalty killing ability. It also went on to say:
Cameron Brace is a playmaking center with high offensive potential...Brace is a clutch performer who tends to come up with big goals in big situations. He finishes plays because of his ability to read plays in the offensive zone, and use his speed to beat defenders to the puck. being a re-entry for the NHL Entry Draft, scouts were originally concerned about his small frame and how it may impact his ability to compete. Because of Brace's smaller size, he lacks tenacity sometimes and needs to be more willing to engage in physical battles. On the other hand, he has developed into a proven clutch scorer at the Major Junior level with the offensive potential that NHL teams may be looking for. 
The 3rd new addition is defenceman Colin Suellentrop.

From the press release:
Colin Suellentrop is a five-year veteran of the OHL's Oshawa Generals where he was an assistant captain.  The 6'1", 205lb Suellentrop is a right-handed defenseman and a solid two-way player often called upon to match up against the other team's top men. He played in a total of 313 OHL games where he scored 11 goals and added 74 assists for 85 points.  He also added 368 penalty minutes.

In 2011, Suellentrop was drafted in the 4th round of the NHL entry draft by the Philadelphia Flyers. Colin has attended NHL camps for both the Flyers and Florida Panthers and will be attending the Arizona Coyotes training camp this fall.

"Colin is an excellent addition to our D-core," said MacDougall. "He has a high compete level, moves the puck very well and has a top notch fitness level. He has excellent potential to be a top notch pro after getting his university degree."

Suellentop will study Chemical Engineering at UNB.
 An article from 2011 mentions:
Suellentrop could be a promising defender on the backend for the rebuilding Generals. While last season was a struggle at times, Suellentrop did have stretches of strong play and handled a lot of minutes for a bad hockey team. He played for the United States at the Ivan Hlinka tournament, and with a year under his belt, the Generals will hope that Suellentrop can take a big leap forward in his game this year. He has good size and puck instincts, but he’ll need to be better positionally and display more polish in his transitional game this year.
It goes on to say:
Definitely a prospect who made great strides this year, after being thrust into a larger role on an improving team. He's a stay at home type defender with good size at 6'2, 190lbs (probably fills out into the 210lbs range as a pro), but he's also fairly mobile. That mobility on the back end is definitely something NHL scouts look for in physical, stay at home types. While Suellentrop certainly profiles as a physical, shut down type, he will need to become a bit meaner and use his size in front of the net. He also will need to improve his positional defense, as at times he can get caught flat footed by forwards attacking off the rush. But on the plus side, his offensive game started to make strides later in the year and he even began to use that mobility by skating the puck out of his own zone, instead of making simple chip plays. He'll likely have to play on Oshawa's top pairing next year (because of graduations) so that makes him a likely breakout candidate given the improvements he made this year.
A more recent scouting report says:
Suellentrop is a big, stay-at-home defenseman whose game is just beginning to evolve. His biggest assets are his size, reach and skating ability and he is also adept at distributing the puck to transition from defense to attack. Suellentrop has made great progress over the past three seasons and should continue to develop as he matures physically....Suellentrop is playing for the OHL's Oshawa Generals in 2013-14. At the pro level, Suellentrop's size, strength and skating ability project him to be a prototypical shut-down, defensive defenseman, but he'll have to work harder to get the attention of another NHL club now that the Flyers have passed on signing him.
The Varsity Reds also re-announced the addition of forward Rob Mignardi to the team. Mignardi committed to the V-Reds last season but had to sit out the season after playing two years of professional hockey in the AHL and ECHL.