The Kansas City Mavericks have added two rookies to their 2019-20 roster as the ECHL team signed defenseman Cole Fraser and rookie forward Bryan Lemos Thursday.
Fraser, a fifth-round draft pick of the Detroit Red Wings in the 2017 NHL Draft, enters his first professional season after four seasons with the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League, a major junior team.
In 221 games with Peterborough, the 6-foot-2, 198-pounder scored 14 goals and posted 40 assists for 54 points along with 277 penalty minutes. The 20-year-old from Ottawa, Ontario, was a teammate of current Mavericks forward Greg Betzold on the 2015-16 Petes.
“Fraser played with Betzold and we heard a lot of good things about him,” Mavericks coach John-Scott Dickson said. “He has an edge to his game we like and we’re excited to see what he does in camp.”
This is the first pro contract for Lemos, a 5-10, 187-pound forward who played four seasons with Providence College, for which he posted eight goals and 17 assists for 25 points in 90 games.
A 23-year-old native of East Providence, Rhode Island, Lemos also played in the United States Hockey League in 2014-15 for the Youngstown Phantoms and Waterloo Black Hawks, scoring 16 goals and posting 23 assists for 39 points in 59 games.
“Lemos is a young kid, and like Fraser, we heard a lot of good things about him and he is going to have the opportunity to make our team, and hopefully make us a better team,” Dickson said.
The Mavericks have signed 22 players for training camp.
“We still need to get a couple of goalies from (American Hockey League affiliate) Stockton and we’ll see how that goes,” Dickson said. “You can have 22 guys signed, with 20 active and two on reserve.
“We’re not really out looking for players right now. We like the way the team is coming together and are ready for camp. We wish it started tomorrow.”