Monday, April 27, 2020

Carson Commits

The University of New Brunswick Reds continue to bolster their offensive depth as Sudbury Wolves captain MacAuley Carson has become the fourth forward to join the program in the last week, the team announced today.

The 6'2", 207 pound Carson brings size, some offensive skill, and a lot of intangibles to the table. He spent his entire OHL career with Sudbury, amassing 182 points (85 goals, 97 assists) in a franchise-record 304 games. He tied his career-high with 50 points (22 goals, 28 assists) this past season while also racking up 71 penalty minutes. He added another four goals and two assists in 14 career playoff games.

The native of Midhurst, Ontario has attended training camps with the New York Rangers and San Jose Sharks in recent years.

Head coach Gardiner MacDougall praised Carson's "outstanding leadership qualities and his intangible qualities", adding that he fits UNB's need for a "gritty, hard-to-play against forward who is physical".

In a recent OHL Coaches Poll Carson placed in the top three in the best shot blocker (2nd, 1st in 2018-2019), body checker (2nd), and defensive forward (3rd) categories, all traits which should make him a quick fan favourite amongst UNB fans.

This move comes as a bit of a surprise for a couple of reasons. First, Carson appeared to be heading to UPEI, where a number of his former Wolves teammates play, earlier this offseason. Secondly, depending on Oliver Cooper's status, this means UNB could have 15 forwards on the roster compared to only six defencemen, so it seemed a defenceman was the more pressing need. We'll have to see how things shake out moving forward.