One of the most consistent scorers from last season, who was hampered by nagging hip and foot injuries last season, has re-signed with the Kansas City Mavericks.
And coach John-Scott Dickson can’t wait to see what forward Corey Durocher can produce in a full 72 games on the ice.
Durocher missed 33 games last season with a foot injury, but when he was on the ice, he was deadly.
“Yeah, that was the most frustrating part of the season,” Durocher said by phone Monday afternoon. “I’m hoping to be ready to go for every game this year and want to play a role in helping this team make a deep run in the playoffs.”
A sixth-round pick of the Florida Panthers (153rd overall) in the 2010 NHL Draft, Durocher returns to the Mavericks after posting professional career highs in goals, assists, points and plus-minus rating.
The Ottawa, Ontario, native recorded nearly a point per game in 39 games with Kansas City, tallying 36 points on 18 goals and 18 assists to go along with a team leading plus-13 rating.
“We’re excited to get Corey back and get him out there for 72 games,” Dickson said. “We’re working hard this offseason and getting guys like Corey back is huge for the development of him, and our team.
“We’ve had talks with Corey and we all believe he has what it takes to get to the next level. When he was on the ice, he averaged nearly a point a game in the regular season and he did average a point a game in the playoffs.”
The 6-foot-3, 194-pounder had five goals and two assists in the seven-game playoff series loss against Tulsa.
Durocher was also one of the most accurate shooters in the ECHL last season, posting a .217 shooting percentage, third best in the league.
“I am happy to be back in Kansas City with a first class organization like the Mavericks,” Durocher said. “The city and the fans are awesome. It’s one of the best cities in the ECHL. I can’t wait to get the season going.
“And I’m excited to see the names of some of the guys who have signed in the offseason. I don’t care about any of the personal stuff, I just want to help this team win.”