The Missouri Mavericks have been one of the most active teams this off-season, looking to rebound from a disappointing 2014-15 campaign. After signing Liam Stewart and John Schiavo on Wednesday, the Mavericks announced on Thursday that they were sending forwards Lindsay Sparks and Tyler Currier to the Orlando Solar Bears, in exchange for standout defenseman Bryce Aneloski.
Aneloski was originally drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the seventh round of the 2010 NHL Draft. In the last two seasons, Aneloski has appeared in 117 games, scoring 18 goals, while adding 38 assists, and has been an impressive +23. He has also appeared 14 AHL games in that span. The 25 year old blue liner is 6’2″ and 207lbs. He made his professional debut with the Allen Americans back in the 2013 postseason.
Sparks tallied 57 points in 62 games with the Mavericks last season, utilizing his great speed to create opportunities for himself. While his 22 goals were second on the team, he sometimes struggled finishing golden opportunities, leaving many fans wondering what could have been. Those 22 goals could have easily been 30+. Currier grew to be a fan favorite in his two separate stints with the Mavericks. After showing tremendous potential in his first training camp in 2013, injuries plagued his first season with the Mavericks, limiting him to only 35 games, totaling nine points. After being acquired from the Alaska Aces at the trade deadline last season, Currier showed flashes of brilliance, scoring five goals in his first six contests. He finished with six points in 14 games.
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