(Forwards Sean Aschim (L) & Jesse Mireau (R) and defenseman Lee Christensen (middle) will wear Millionaires' Blue & White in 2011/2012 in Melville's new rink)
The Melville Millionaires have beefed up their roster as they get set to open their new Communiplex for the 2011-2012 season. After sending Brayden Metz, Cody Hanson, and futures to the Melfort Mustangs in two separate trades in early January, the rest of that deal is now announced.
Joining the Millionaires for the upcoming season will be three roster players from this past season.
1991 D Lee Christensen
2010/11: 55 GP (3g-21a-24p)
1991 F Jesse Mireau
2010/11: 57 GP (35g-27a-62p)
1992 F Sean Aschim
2010/11: 51 GP (17g-34-51p)
*Team-leading 6 goals and 12 points in 11 playoff games.
Mils' Coach & GM Jamie Fiesel's quick to point out that the deal is a lot more even once you look beneath the surface and uncover all the "futures," which he revealed for us.
Brayden Metz (90F) *last year
Cody Hanson (90F) *last year
Lane Scheidl (92F)
Taylor Fauchoux (92F)
*Scheidl had 36 points in 68 games in the WHL last season.
*Fauchoux was one of the top AAA Midget scorers in the province 2 years ago, but signed with Salmon Arm of the BCHL. He was traded twice, ending up in Drayton Valley of the AJHL. His SJ rights now belong to Melfort.
Sean Aschim (92F)
Jesse Mireau (91F)
Lee Christensen (91D)
Levi Cable (94F)
*Cable will have a chance to play in the WHL with Kootenay, and having already AP'd with them this past season, that appears to be his #1 goal... but he'd be an impact player in Junior 'A' if that doesn't work out. He had 52 points in 40 games with the Yorkton Harvest last season.
Mils Coach & GM Jamie Fiesel
As Coach Feez indicated at the end of last season, the Mils could not add a single rookie and still have enough for a full roster, especially with this deal, but obviously there will be some new faces and not everyone who finished 2010/11 in Melville, won't be on the roster this upcoming year. But, for fun, here's a list of who's eligible to play for Melville this season, including a handful of AP's and the newcomers.
(93) Reinboldt (AP last season)
(94) Cable (WHL possibility)
(94) Fafard (AP last season)
14 forwards, 8 defense, 2 goalies. That's a full team! Again, even if everyone reports and comes back, odds are at least 4 or 5 from that list won't be around, at least by December 1st, as a handful of rookies will crack the squad as always.
After back to back Survivor Series losses, the Millionaires should be poised for a strong year, and a strong next two years, with the 1992's being their strength. Only 3 of those 14 forwards will be 20-year-olds, with 4 of the 8 defensemen. Also keep in mind that Tyson Newell was used more at forward than on D last year, especially near the end, but I wonder with the depth up front if he'll be thrown back to the blue line.