Thursday, February 4, 2021

Saigeon Chooses Reds

The University of New Brunswick Reds have added forward Brandon Saigeon to their 2021-2022 recruiting class, the team announced yesterday. 

A former 5th round draft pick of the Colorado Avalanche, the 22 year old native of Grimsby, Ontario played five seasons in the Ontario Hockey League split between the the Belleville Bulls, Hamilton Bulldogs, and Oshawa Generals. He put up 251 points (105 goals, 146 assists) in 304 career games with his best season statistically coming in his final season in 2018-2019 when he posted 37 goals and 55 assists in 68 games. Additionally, he was the Bulldogs leading scorer with 18 goals and 7 assists in 21 playoff games as the Bulldogs - which also included recent Reds recruits Kade Landry and Isaac Nurse - captured the 2018 OHL Championship.

Upon the completion of his junior career, Saigeon played a season in the ECHL with the Utah Grizzlies. He scored 18 points (8 goals, 10 assists) in 51 games in his lone season of professional hockey. 

He will join UNB after completing a 14 day isolation.

Saigeon becomes the third confirmed recruit for the Reds for the 2020-2021 season, joining the previously announced Griffen Outhouse and James Phelan. 

With how difficult it may be to project how major junior players will adapt to the AUS given the lack of a CHL season thus far (outside of a smattering of QMJHL games), perhaps it is not a coincidence that Gardiner MacDougall and company have recruited three players out of the professional ranks. It will be interesting to see if this strategy continues over the summer.