INDEPENDENCE, MO – The Missouri Mavericks announced their two latest roster additions on Wednesday, strengthening their depth on both sides of the puck. Defenseman Samuel Noreau and forward Shawn Pauly join the Mavericks for the upcoming season, as rookie head coach John-Scott Dickson continues to build his squad.
Noreau, a former fifth round pick of the New York Rangers in 2011, is a 6-foot-5, 225 pound rugged defenseman, known for his physical style of play. The Mavericks lacked a certain sense of toughness during their impressive run in 2015-16, and Dickson seems as though he wants to improve on that aspect for the upcoming season. Along with Kevin Tansey, the addition of Noreau does just that. In 188 career ECHL games (Greenville, Evansville, Norfolk), Noreau has notched eight goals and 29 assists, posting career-high numbers in both categories in 2015-16 with Norfolk. He has also appeared in nine AHL games with the Hartford Wolf Pack.
Pauly joins the Mavericks after playing four seasons at the University of Connecticut, racking up 28 goals and 55 assists in 140 career collegiate contests. The 6-foot, 185 pound forward will make his professional debut with the Mavericks, given that he makes the final roster.
While Noreau seems to be more of an immediate impact player for the Mavericks, the addition of Pauly looks like more of a move to add depth to the mix of forwards already signed by Dickson. That being said, Pauly’s numbers at UCONN prove that he is a consistent player that can contribute, so time will tell if he can translate that to the professional ranks.
The Mavericks roster currently sits at 10 players for this season, with a glaring omission at the goalie position. It will be tough for Dickson to replace a tandem like Josh Robinson and Parker Milner, but with the help of the New York Islanders and St. Louis Blues, hopefully we’ll see some movement on that front in the coming weeks.
Here is an updated look at how the roster is shaping up:
Forwards – Andrew Courtney, Dan Correale, Darren Nowick, Yuri Terao, Rocco Carzo, Dane Fox, Shawn Pauly
Defensemen – Bryce Aneloski, Kevin Tansey, Samuel Noreau
Goalies – None
Get a team-by-team breakdown of all the player movement in the ECHL by visiting our transactions page at thesinbin.net/2016-echl-transactions.