Guildford Flames coach Paul Dixon says he was looking for a spark to boost his team after the club confirmed the signing of Canadian forward Braylon Shmyr.
The 22-year-old winger joins the side from ECHL outfit Jacksonville Icemen and Norfolk Admirals where he spent the first half of the current season.
And Dixon spoke of the qualities he’ll bring to the team as he looks to make a charge on the top half of the Elite League table.
“We have been looking to add someone in for a few weeks now,” Dixon said. “We’ve had a good first half of the season, but at times we have had difficulty generating offence and we are looking for a bit of a spark.
“I don’t mean with just the additional player but whatever knock on effect that can have throughout the roster when the game night line up looks a bit different.
“Braylon is very fast and has a good record of offensive success, not only in junior hockey but in his opening year at the pro level last season.
“He’s young and very enthusiastic about coming here so we are looking forward to seeing him make his debut. He has just arrived today so we won’t see him in action until next weekend, but we are looking forward to his debut with the club.”
Guildford’s new man had an impressive pro debut in 2018-2019 when he posted 20 goals and 44 points with Allen Americans in addition to making three starts in the AHL with Springfield Thunderbirds and San Antonio Rampage.
Speaking about his move, Shmyr said: “I am very excited for this opportunity and looking forward to getting started.”