INDEPENDENCE, MO – The Missouri Mavericks made an announcement on Wednesday that provides an incredible boost to their squad for the upcoming season. Reigning ECHL Goalie of the Year Josh Robinson will return for his third season with the Mavericks, answering the biggest question surrounding Coach John-Scott Dickson‘s club for the impending campaign.
While the Mavericks are fully expected to receive at least one, but quite possibly two goalies from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and/or St. Louis Blues, anytime October creeps up and there is no cage protector listed on a team’s roster, a sense of concern and fear rears its ugly head. That has been the case in Missouri, as the goalie situation has been the talk of the town over the last few weeks, including at the team’s annual Fan Fest a few weeks ago. Dickson assured the Mavericks faithful that while specific names hadn’t been mentioned to that point, they were fully confident that this year’s team would be just as good between the pipes, if not better, than last year’s squad. That’s a tall task to achieve considering what the tandem of Robinson and Parker Milner were able to accomplish, however the return of Robinson makes it that much more achievable.
Robinson is coming off a career year, amassing a record of 28-2-0-1, finishing atop the ECHL in goals against average (1.88) and save percentage (.931). His 28 wins were good for second-best in the league, trailing only Joel Martin‘s 36 wins for the Kalamazoo Wings, even though Martin needed 64 starts to reach that clip, while Robinson started half as many games with 32. Robinson also broke the ECHL record for consecutive wins by a goalie (previously held by Jeff Jakaitis of South Carolina after winning 16 straight starts) after leading the Mavericks to victory in 21 consecutive starts. No, that’s not a joke. It actually happened. Ridiculous, right?
While the other half of the goalie tandem is yet to be determined, the Mavericks are certainly putting a focus on the defensive side of the puck, something that was a considerable factor in the success that they had in 2015-16. Being able to bring Robinson back is a huge get for Dickson and everything that he’s trying to accomplish and overcome as a rookie head coach.
The Mavericks also announced the signing of rookie forward Fabrizio Ricci. Coming out of the QMJHL, Ricci notched 43 points in 66 games for Baie-Comeau Drakkar last season.
With training camp just around the corner, the biggest question remains which and how many players will be joining the Mavericks from the AHL ranks. One could assume that it could be a significant amount, since, with the addition of Robinson, the roster for training camp currently sits at only 14 players. The affiliation with the New York Islanders has brought a tremendous amount of talent to Missouri, and that should continue to be the case. With the Blues also in the mix this season, the Mavericks should be loaded once again.
Forwards – Shawn Pauly, Dane Fox, Darren Nowick, Yuri Terao, Dan Correale, Andrew Courtney, Rocco Carzo, Reed Seckel, Radoslav Illo, Fabrizio Ricci
Defensemen – Sameul Noreau, Kevin Tansey, Bryce Aneloski
Goalies – Josh Robinson
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