INDEPENDENCE, MO – The Kansas City Mavericks brought back a familiar face and added additional depth to their blue line with a trio of player signings. The Mavericks announced on Wednesday that forward Justin Breton will return for his second season in Independence, with defensemen Troy Donnay and Tyler Palmer also inking deals with the club.
Breton re-signs with the Mavericks after being acquired at the trade deadline last season from the Kalamazoo Wings. The 6-1, 194lb speedster out of Fitchburg, Massachusetts tallied three assists in 12 games for the Mavericks last year and looks to get back to his form when with the Alaska Aces. In 149 games for the now defunct Aces, Breton registered 40 goals and 36 assists. His best season in Anchorage was the 2015-16 season in which he pitched in 41 points (23 goals, 18 assists) in 66 games. Breton’s speed is a hard dynamic for opposing defenses to throttle, and he’ll look to get back to his scoring ways this season.
Donnay brings his monstrous frame to the Mavericks to help solidify an already deep defensive unit. The 6-7, 205lb defenseman spent the previous two seasons with the Greenville Swamp Rabbits, mixing in a brief cup of coffee with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL. Prior to turning pro, Donnay had a successful stint with the Erie Otters of the OHL, where he was teammates with NHL phenom and 2017 MVP Connor McDavid. In 122 games with the Swamp Rabbits, Donnay contributed five goals and 23 assists.
Palmer joins the Mavericks on his first professional contract. The 23-year-old defenseman spent the previous four years at MacEwan University, notching five goals and 20 assists in 72 collegiate contests for the Griffins. The 6-3, 185lb blue liner will need to fight for a roster spot with several proven defensemen already suiting up for the Mavericks.
Here is an updated look at the Mavericks roster heading into the preseason:
Forwards – Greg Betzold, Breton, Rocco Carzo, Mark Cooper, Dan Correale, Carson Dubchak, Shawn Pauly, Zach Stepan, Jared VanWormer
Defensemen – Patch Alber, Bryce Aneloski, Alex Brooks, Donnay, Tyler Elbrecht, Palmer, Nate Widman
Goalies – Ty Rimmer
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