When Kansas City Mavericks coach John-Scott Dickson calls John Furgele an “offensive defenseman,” he’s referring to his ability to put the puck in the back of the net, and not his behaviour on the ice.
“He’s a right-handed shooter who can handle himself around the net and we like that,” Dickson said. “He’s a high-skill player who can do a lot of things and we’re excited to have him on our team.”
The Mavericks received Furgele Thursday in a trade from the Atlanta Gladiators for future considerations.
The defenseman, a native of Glen Mills, Pa., had an impressive rookie campaign in split duty with the Maine Mariners and Gladiators, totaling 24 points on eight goals and 16 assists in 66 games last season.
He registered a plus-3 rating and accumulated 48 penalty minutes in 51 games with Maine and 15 with Atlanta.
Furgele played collegiately for two years at the University of New Hampshire, where he scored three goals and compiled 20 assists for 23 points in 73 games for the Wildcats.
“John is excited about taking his game to the next level and we’re excited to help him do that,” Dickson added. “He was a very good collegiate player and had a solid rookie season. We’re here to help him become an even better player.”
The 5-foot-10, 181-pounder transferred to Quinnipiac University for his senior season, where as an assistant captain he put up 14 points on one goal and 13 assists in 38 games.
“Deals like this get me even more excited for next season,” Dickson said. “We’re working hard this offseason. We have a couple of more players under contract and they will be announced soon, and we’re constantly talking to players, agents and coaches.”