The Kansas City Mavericks had some voids to fill.
But Mavericks coach John-Scott Dickson welcomed three new forwards to the team at Wednesday morning’s practice session at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.
With the loss of forwards Rocco Carzo (torn ACL), Dan Correale (left the team to play in Europe), Darren Nowick and Mike McMurtry (both called up to the AHL Stockton Heat) and various other lingering injuries, the Mavericks were down to five forwards in their 6-1 loss to ECHL Central Division-leading Toledo last Saturday night.
And the Walleye visit SEC Arena for a tripleheader this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, so the Mavericks went out and helped boost the offense with three newcomers.
The three forwards – Nick Miglio, John Schiavo and Danny Smith – join the Mavericks from the Southern Professional Hockey League ranks. The ECHL is considered the Double-A of minor league hockey while the SPHL is considered Single-A.
“It is what it is, injuries and call ups are the name of the game in the ECHL, and we had to find some players and we think we signed three good ones,” Dickson said after watching the trio practice for the first time. “Schiavo was with us a couple of years ago and we liked him then, and he looked good today.
“He could make an impact on the power play. We’ll see where Miglio and Smith fit in after a few more practices.”
Miglio, 26, is a left-handed winger who joins the Mavericks from the Peoria Rivermen. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound forward had also played in nine games with the ECHL’s Norfolk Admirals this season, totaling two assists and four penalty minutes.
The San Antonio, Texas, native played all of last season with the Rapid City Rush, tallying seven goals and 10 assists with 21 penalty minutes. He began his post-collegiate hockey career with the Allen Americans at the end of the 2015-16 season, skating in seven games.
Schiavo, 23, has played 29 games with the Fayetteville Marksmen and has averaged more than a point per game with 14 goals and 17 assists so far this season. He also has nine penalty minutes.
The 5-foot-10, 181-pound right-hander played in five games with the Mavericks during the 2015-16 Brabham Cup-winning campaign. He claimed one assist and registered a plus-1 rating in that brief span.
Smith, 25, completed his NCAA hockey career last season with RIT. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound forward has played in 25 games with the SPHL’s Huntsville Havoc this season, totaling 20 points on seven goals and 13 assists.
With RIT, the left-handed forward helped the team claim three conference championships while posting career totals of 20 goals, 28 assists and 94 penalty minutes in 135 games.
“We’re excited about the three games with Toledo this weekend,” Dickson added. “We’re home, we should have a lot of support from our fans and we need to have some success because they are ahead of us in the standings. Each game is really worth four points.”
Toledo is in first place with 51 points, followed by Fort Wayne (46). The Mavericks and Cincinnati are tied for third place with 43 points.