INDEPENDENCE, MO – Battling a litany of injuries, several call-ups, and the sudden departure of Dan Correale, the Kansas City Mavericks have a lot of holes to fill. Head Coach John-Scott Dickson addressed that issue on Wednesday, as the team announced the signings of three forwards: John Schiavo, Nick Miglio, and Danny Smith.
Schiavo returns to the Mavericks after making his professional debut with Kansas City during the 2015-16 campaign. Schiavo made a name for himself after showing off his terrific hands at the New York Islanders Rookie Camp. Exhibit A:
He also has some range:
Schiavo was in the midst of a career year with the Fayetteville Marksmen of the SPHL, racking up 14 goals and 17 assists in 29 games.
Miglio joins the Mavericks with 65 games of ECHL experience under his belt. After logging games with the Allen Americans, Rapid City Rush, and Norfolk Admirals over the last few seasons, Miglio landed with the Peoria Riverman of the SPHL. The 6-1, 190lb forward has tallied seven points in 14 games so far this season. Former Mavericks defenseman Dave Pszenyczny, who was a teammate of Miglio’s in Peoria, raved about his play:
“Migs has ‘million-dollar legs.’ He’s not just a one-way player. He works hard on both ends of the ice,” Pszenyczny said.
Smith debuted with the Huntsville Havoc of the SPHL this season and has put up great numbers so far. The 25-year-old Edmonton native has 20 points in 25 games and is an impressive +15.
Despite missing several key contributors, the Mavericks have played well of late. Winners of seven of their last ten games, the Mavericks currently sit in fourth place in the Central Division and are tied with Cincinnati with 43 points in the standings (Cincinnati has a higher winning percentage). The Mavericks welcome the first-place Toledo Walleye to the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena for a three-game set this weekend.
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