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Metros Bolster Defense

by Chris Baker | January 9, 2018, 9:04 AM ET

TORONTO, ON -- The Toronto Metropolitans added some depth to the defensive corps over the weekend and brought in a few defenders that are well versed in the art of looking after their own end.

Friday night, Metros general manager Chris Baker announced that the team had swung a deal with the Dublin Shamrocks that sees 25-year-old Trevor van Riemsdyk join his older brother James in Toronto.  The younger van Riemsdyk had played 29 games with the Shamrocks scoring once and adding 12 assists over that span. 

More importantly for Baker and his staff is the defender’s plus-7 rating.  A metric that few pundits put much faith in these days with the likes of the new wave of analytics, the old school GM continues to find value in the +/- rating.

“We love this guy.  He’s mobile, plays a safe game, and thinks defense first.  All qualities we look for in our rearguards,” said Baker.

Toronto sent a 3rd round pick in 2019 to Dublin in order to acquire van Riemsdyk and a Shamrocks 5th rounder in 2019. 

Wasting little time to continue to bolster his backend, Baker swung two more deals on Sunday night to bookend a productive weekend for the Metros.

At the cost of a 4th round pick in 2018, the Metros acquired Czech National Martin Marincin from the Havana Revolution.  Fitting the same mold as van Riemsdyk, Marincin is a good skating, defense-first, puck-moving defenseman.  Despite being a spare part for the Revs, the 6-foot-4, 203-pound defenseman will likely slide into a top 4 role with his new club.

“Martin skates well and thinks defense first.  He’s likely not going to wow our fans with end-to-end rushes, but we expect him to play a steady game and a defensively sound game for us.”

Lastly, Baker completed his final deal of the weekend with the Hamburg Gladiators in a move that sees 23-year-old, left-shot defenseman Scott Harrington head to the Big Smoke in exchange for a pair of draft picks. 

Of the three, Harrington is the only one expected to not suit up for the Metros.  Instead the youngster will report to the Brighton Braves of the GHA to continue to hone his skills against competition more in line with his skillset. 

A former 3rd round pick (64th overall) of the Nova Scotia Schooners in 2011, Harrington comes to Toronto at the cost of a VAN 3rd round pick in 2018 and Toronto’s 4th round selection in 2019. 

“We feel like Scott is coming along nicely in his development and expect a jump in his overall scouting ratings next season.  In our eyes we acquired a player we can judge and value immediately at the same cost he was drafted for six years ago – a 3rd round pick.  For us adding the additional pick was the price to pay for getting a player that should be ready to step in for us next season.”

So with the trifecta of defenders, Toronto’s backend will look different the next time they take to the ice.  Unfortunately with Radko Gudas continuing to rehab his ailing back and still about 7-10 days away from returning to the lineup, the Metros d-corps should look something like this when they next take to the ice to take on the Stockholm Cougars.

Dennis WidemanMartin Marincin

Torey KrugJulian Melchiori

Trevor van RiemsdykSteve Oleksy

Tyson Strachan

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