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05-13-2012, 11:34 AM
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Originally Posted by AUShockeyfan View Post
Per twitter sources, Dylan King of the Metro Marauders of the MHL has commited to SMU. Very much an offensive-minded Dman, highly intelligent player, and deceptive speed - however, he may difficulty initally trying to manage the bigger/stronger forwards off the rush and in front of goal. But a very nice addition by SMU...
Some pretty good information in this report.
by Bill McLean

Trevor Stienburg has a pretty simple explanation for his pursuit of former Metro Marauder defenseman Dylan King.

"Seventy-five points is seventy-five points," said the Head Coach of Saint Mary's today in a phone interview with sportstream, referring to the tally that King put up in his final season of Junior A hockey.

"You have to give the kid his due. Plus, he's a really good kid and he knows how to play the game. We think he'll be a nice addition as a puck moving defenseman who will have something to prove."

The addition of King comes in a recruiting year where the Huskies are looking to add depth to the blue line. Stienburg admits the success of former Miramichi Timberwolves defenseman Christopher Owens at Acadia helped fuel his decision to look at the Maritime Junior Hockey League for possible recruits.

Owens scored 29 points for the Axemen on route to garnering a selection as a first team AUS all star. Owens and King are similar in playing style and physical dimensions, with Owens at 5'10 and King measuring at 5'9.

"Owens was a guy I wanted to have at the time but we were loaded at the defenseman position and did not have space," says Stienburg.

With the losses of Kyle Wharton and Tyler Cuthbert, there is room on the Huskies roster for 2012 and Steinburg thinks King could be a perfect fit.

Another player that Stienburg thinks would add to the program very nicely is former Halifax Moosehead Cameron Critchlow. Stienburg says he is pursuing Critchlow as aggressively as anyone else in the AUS.

"Not since Jody Shelly have I seen a player capture the hearts of local hockey fans the way Critchlow has," remarks Stienburg. "If he decided to play locally it would be great for Halifax and the AUS. If he wants to join us I'll have a place and some responsibilities for him for sure."

The Huskies are still looking for one or two more defenseman and maybe a couple of forwards to help replace the loss of AUS all star Colby Pridham.

Former Moosehead and third round draft pick of the New York Rangers, Ryan Hillier, is set to make his highly anticipated debut after red shirting with the team last season.

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