The Kansas City Mavericks have added some depth to their offense by signing veteran forward Garrett Klotz.
Klotz, 29, was a third-round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers (66th overall) in the 2007 National Hockey League Draft. He has played in 26 games in the ECHL this season, splitting time between Quad City and Jacksonville. He has one assist and 83 penalty minutes.
The 6-foot-5, 234-pound forward has played in the ECHL since the 2012-13 season with the exception of 2016-17, when he went overseas to play in Britain’s Elite Ice Hockey League.
In his last full season of play in the ECHL, Klotz totaled five points with 119 penalty minutes with the Elmira Jackals.
The Regina, Saskatchewan, native has played professionally since the 2008-09 season, debuting with the American Hockey League’s Philadelphia Phantoms and remaining in the AHL through the 2010-11 season.
The Mavericks offense struggled in two losses to Cincinnati over the weekend as the Cyclones outscored Kansas City 9-2 (just one Kansas City goal in each game).
"We're not making excuses," Mavericks coach John-Scott Dickson said, "but we're missing some guys. That's this league – you play well, and you get the opportunity to get to the next level."
That's why leading scorer Mike McMurtry and Darren Nowick are playing with the AHL affiliate Stockton Heat.
"We have to play better, much better, than we did this past weekend," Mavericks captain Tyler Elbrecht said. "The Central Division is so tight that every game from here on our is going to be like a playoff game."
The Mavericks have a chance to get some revenge on the Cyclones as they play on Cincinnati ice Thursday night.
"We need to take care of business in Cincinnati," defenseman Bryce Aneloski said. "We were playing well, and then had those two tough losses over the weekend. We need to play a lot better Thursday, and we will."