Thursday, August 27, 2015

Varsity Reds Add Five Recruits

UPDATE: The UNB press release announcing the new recruits can be found here.

The Daily Gleaner's Bill Hunt has reported (subscription needed) that the Varsity Reds have added five recruits for the upcoming 2015-2016 season. The newcomers include goaltenders Etienne Marcoux and Alex Dubeau, forwards Stephen Anderson and Mike Thomas, and defenceman Marcus McIvor.

- As we previously speculated, Marcoux and Dubeau will replace David Shantz and Chris Carrozzi in the V-Reds crease in what head coach Gardiner MacDougall calls "a new era in UNB goaltending."

- Hunt also confirmed Mike Thomas will indeed be re-joining the team after spending a year away to pursue a firefighting career. He will red-shirt the first half of the year before joining the V-Reds after Christmas.

- The two names not previously mentioned are forward Stephen Anderson and defenceman Marcus McIvor.

Anderson is a 5'11, 194 native of Morell, PEI who played 3 seasons with the Saint John Sea Dogs before splitting last year with Val d'Or, where he was an alternate captain, and Cape Breton. After missing the last half of the 2013-2014 season due to a career-threatening concussion Anderson bounced back with his best statistical season last year, accumulating a total of 26 goals and 22 assists in 60 games. Overall, he tallied 55 goals and 61 assists in 187 career QMJHL games. MacDougall describes Anderson as someone with "a lot of upside" who has "got lots of speed" and "can play multiple positions."

The 6'2", 225 pound McIvor will be "an outstanding addition" according to MacDougall. The native of Whitby, Ontario played his entire 5 year major junior career with the Battalion franchise - the first three seasons spent in Brampton and the final two in their new home of North Bay. Last season was his best as he was named team captain and contributed 5 goals and 33 assists in 68 games. He was also named the top defensive player, most underrated, and top penalty killer in the OHL's Eastern Conference Coaches Poll last year. He was also named the 2nd best shot blocker.

A 2014 scouting report of McIvor says:
McIvor is one of the top stay at home defenseman in the league and possesses all the qualities necessary to continue his defensive prowess at the NHL level. At 6'1, 235lbs, he's able to assert himself in front of the net, in the corners, and his solid skating ability allows him to be a factor on the open ice too. For as good as he is defensively, he's not terrible with the puck and makes smart decisions to avoid turnovers in his own end and was even quarterbacking the Battalion powerplay this year.

- Hunt also confirms that defenceman Adrian Roberston has moved on after graduating in three years. However, forwards Taylor MacDougall and Tyler Carroll and defenceman Alex Wall will be returning for their 5th year.

- Defenceman R.D. Chisholm, who played his 5th and final season last year, will serve as an assistant coach this year while finishing his master's degree.