UPDATE: Bill Hunt of the Daily Gleaner (subscription required) has confirmed the addition of Beauvillier. He notes the speedy winger is expected to be in the V-Reds line-up this weekend.
According to his Twitter account, 6'1'', 181 pound forward Francis Beauvillier, a 2012 6th round draft pick of the Florida Panthers, has decided against playing for Cincinnati of the ECHL this season and will instead suit up for the Varsity Reds.
This is a significant addition for UNB for a couple of reasons. First, he put up point totals of 58 and 62 in his last two seasons in the QMJHL, playing for Rimouski, Shawinigan, and Rouyn-Noranda. Overall, he posted 98 goals and 107 assists in 313 games in junior, so he certainly knows how to score and that is never a bad thing. He also played 8 games for San Antonio of the AHL in 2013, registering a pair of assists.
Secondly, at the moment UNB only has 19 skaters on the roster (3 fewer than the AUS cap of 22). With both Tyler Carroll (out 4-6 weeks with a broken hand) and Matt Petgrave (unknown) missing Saturday's game against UPEI the V-Reds played one player short with only 11 forwards and 6 defenceman dressed, so they are in need of some bodies.
According to the Hockey News, Beauvillier's strengths include being a "versatile forward with a 6'1'' frame, [who] displays two-way upside, physicality and an excellent work rate when on the ice." On the flip-side he "doesn't own high-end scoring ability, so he will have to find his niche at the highest level."
Meanwhile, before his final season in junior Hockey's Future said Beauvillier is "a speedy forward with great acceleration" who is "a valued contributor at both ends of the ice. His skating ability not only makes him dangerous in offensive situations, but also a shorthanded threat while taking shifts as a penalty killer." He is "able to make a play at top speed," but will be "much more effective when he adds more muscle to his frame."
Even with the addition of Beauvillier coach Gardiner MacDougall and his staff still have room to add a couple more players during the course of the season.