Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Keating Commits To Reds

The University of New Brunswick Reds have locked up their first recruit of the off-season - and it's a big one - as Ottawa 67's forward Austen Keating - fresh off back to back 89 point seasons in the nation's capital - has committed to the Reds for the upcoming 2020-2021 season, the team announced earlier today.

The 6', 172 pound Keating had a decorated OHL career, which was spent entirely with the 67's. He began his career with 13 goals and 19 assists in 50 games during his rookie season in 2015-2016, improving to 22 goals and 41 assists in 67 games the following season. He slipped to 52 points (24 goals, 28 assists) in 66 games in 2017-2018, but elevated his game to another level with 22 goals and 67 assists in 68 games in 2018-2019 and 32 goals and 57 assists in only 58 games last season before the season ended abruptly. He was also an impressive +114 over the last two seasons. Overall, Keating put up 113 goals, 212 assists, and 325 points in 309 career OHL games while accumulating only 84 minutes in penalties. He added 5 goals and 17 assists in 34 playoff contests during his career.

Keating's 325 regular season points made him the highest-scoring CHL overager available this summer.

Head coach Gardiner MacDougall describes Keating, who was named as one of the OHL's most underrated players in a recent coaches poll, as "an impact player...bringing a great two-way game, tremendous offensive instincts, and excellent hockey savvy both ends of the rink." He is also known as a "hard-working forward who excels as a playmaker...a pass-first centre who possesses good offensive zone vision and passing ability, battles hard for loose pucks and is willing to support his defensemen in his own zone." Further, Keating "is a smart power forward...he has a strong net presence and is tough to move off the puck. He is hard to play against and will use his size to his advantage."

Given his impressive pedigree, it's not hard to imagine Keating being a prime candidate to fill one of the two vacancies on the Reds top line created by the graduation of Stephen Anderson and Patrick Watling.

With one of the top available forwards now in the fold - plus some juicy hot-stove rumours out there - it appears the Reds are well on their way to having a very productive summer.