TOLEDO, OH – The Walleye have certainly made a splash lately as they continue to add talent for the 2017-18 season. In recent days, they have added three more forwards to the roster. As noted in the last update, it was time for the Walleye to add on to their skill depth for the next round of signings, which they were able to achieve. Toledo has brought back Shane Berschbach and A.J. Jenks, along with trading for Austen Brassard from the Utah Grizzlies.
Re-signing Berschbach, the franchise leader in points and assists (216 and 159 respectively,) is a huge boost to the team and fan base. He has been one of the most reliable point producers in Walleye history, averaging 1.1 points per game over his 196 game career in Toledo. A master at the assist, Shane has won the Sportsmanship Award the last two ECHL seasons and made the All-ECHL Second team last season. Having number 10 back in Toledo will be critical to success, as well as the return of one of his favorite line mates: A.J. Jenks.
Although he has jumped around the ECHL and AHL, Jenks has become a face of the Toledo Walleye in his three seasons with the team. Jenks brings an element of physicality in his game that distinguishes him from most of the Walleye forwards, as he has dropped the gloves numerous times while still being able to put points on the board. Along with Berschbach, these two forwards represent a significant offensive threat to any opposing team.
Finally, we come to the wild card signing of Austen Brassard. Brassard has spent most of his time in the AHL, with 199 games split between the St. John’s IceCaps, Manitoba Moose, and San Diego Gulls. Brassard split time between the ECHL and AHL last season, the Utah Grizzlies and Gulls respectively, tallying 29 points in 39 games with the Grizzlies. Toledo acquired the forward for future considerations, and he will bring additional grit to the team. In 238 professional games, Brassard has 192 PIM, which is a similar number compared to Jenks. Expect Brassard to be similar to Jenks in grit, but also like Berschbach as 20 of his 29 points were assists.
Toledo continues to shape its roster in a way the Walleye have not done in previous seasons, bringing in players with more grit to go with their collective skill.
Toledo opens up the 2017-18 season on October 13 against Quad City.
For the latest list of player signings across the ECHL, visit our 2017 ECHL Transactions page!