By Philip Croucher - Metro Halifax
HALIFAX - The Halifax Mooseheads received some very good news player wise on Monday.
Overage forward Brent Andrews is returning to the team after participating in training camp with the National Hockey League’s Anaheim Ducks as a free agent invite.
The return of Andrews is a big plus for the team. Halifax has managed just two goals in two games, and is a bit thin at the forward position, especially at centre.
“It will be nice to have an older guy back to help stabilize things up front,” said Mooseheads general manager Cam Russell.
The return of Andrews gives Halifax three overagers in its lineup – the others are defencemen Trey Lewis and Brendan Duke.
When 20-year-old forward Darcy Ashley returns from a torn thumb ligament in the next month or so, Russell said the team would immediately make a decision on which overagers to keep.
A team can dress only three 20-year-olds.
“We don’t want to keep anyone in limbo,” Russell said.
Andrews, who is one of the best face-off men in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, finished with 15 goals and 45 points in 67 regular-season games last season. He added 11 points, including four goals, in the playoffs.
More good news came the team’s way late Monday night, as both goaltender Zach Fucale (Montreal Canadiens) and defenceman MacKenzie Weegar (Florida Panthers) were returned to Halifax.
Fucale played in the second half of a 5-4 shootout loss against the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday, but didn’t dress on Monday night against the Boston Bruins. As for Weegar, he played in Monday night’s game against the Nashville Predators and recorded an assist
All three players should make their regular season debut Friday when Halifax visits the Moncton Wildcats.