The Fort Frances Lakers now have their first defenceman for next season.
The team announced yesterday that it had signed blueliner Rylan McKinnon of the Cypress Cyclones (Prairie Junior Hockey League in Saskatchewan).
McKinnon finished fourth in scoring for the Junior ‘B’ Cyclones last season, notching five goals and 17 assists in 28 games.
The 19-year-old also racked up 75 penalty minutes.
Lakers’ head coach Wayne Strachan noted the Cyclones are the same organization from which the team gleaned defenceman Conner Foster.
“Rylan is a great skating defenceman with good offensive instincts, a hard shot, and is very competitive,” Strachan noted in an e-mail.
“He will add some much-needed skill to our [power play].
“[He’s] a defenceman we can rely on to move the puck, and step in and log minutes for us right from the get-go,” Strachan added.