INDEPENDENCE, MO – Kansas City Mavericks Head Coach John-Scott Dickson has continued to build his squad for the upcoming campaign. The team announced on Wednesday the signings of forward Shawn Pauly and defenseman Tyler Elbrecht, bringing back two familiar faces from the 2016-17 season.
Pauly made his professional debut with the Mavericks a season ago after a successful four-year collegiate career at the University of Connecticut. Pauly registered 14 points in 54 games during his rookie season, and while those numbers are far from staggering, his versatility played a key role for the Mavericks, especially during some dire times. With a blue line plagued by injuries and call-ups to the AHL, the Mavericks turned to Pauly to patch the holes in the defensive unit, and his efforts were beyond admirable. Already considered a solid two-way forward, Pauly proved that he could hold his own as a defenseman as well, providing great lineup flexibility for Dickson once everyone on the back end was healthy.
Elbrecht returns to the Mavericks after appearing in 47 games for Kansas City last season before being traded to the Manchester Monarchs to complete an earlier trade for defenseman Zach Tolkinen (Elbrecht would later be released by Manchester and claimed by Cincinnati). The big man on the blue line made a name for himself by stepping into a leadership role after injuries riddled the season of captain Andrew Courtney. During some growing pains early in the season, Elbrecht set the tone in many games with his physical play and willingness to drop the gloves to defend a fallen teammate. The move to Manchester is one that Dickson did not want to make, but was obligated in order to complete the future considerations from the Tolkinen acquisition.
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