New Arrivals in the Bear Den

The two newest members of the Acadia Golden Bears met the press and GM Guy Flaming answered questions about the deals and the team's draft plans.
by Marcel Cormier | October 23, 2013, 12:44 PM ET

The Acadia Golden Bears completed a trio of SICHL trades in the last week which resulted in the acquisition of two new roster players, a prospect and a total of 8 additional draft picks. On Wednesday morning, the organization introduced forward Brandon Dubinsky and defenceman Niklas Grossman to the local media hoarde in Saint John.

"We're very please to be able to add both Brandon and Nik to the fold for this coming season and we feel very strongly that they bring a combination or experience and ability that can help us achieve our goal or winning another Continental Cup," said GM Guy Flaming.

The Bears acquired Dubinsky from the Denver Rapids, formerly the Miami Makos, along with a 3rd round pick and prospect Mark MacMillan for 2011 1st round selection J.T. Miller. Dubinsky, a native of Anchorage Alaska, was initially a 4th round pick of the Toronto Titans although the only SICHL uniform he's ever worn has been that of the Makos. 

"It's definitely exciting," said Dubinsky, "To go from one of the teams that's really struggled over the years to one that has won two championships in less than a decade, it's exciting to think of the possibilities here."

Dubinsky scored 30 goals once for the Makos but is coming of a season where he was a -83 and spent 271 minutes in the penalty box. Still, Flaming says he trusts Dubinsky's defensive game. 

"I forsee Brandon being on one of our penalty killing units and possibly getting some power play time as well," he said.

Niklas Grossman is a 6'4, 230 lb stay at home defenceman that the Bears basically purchased the rights to from Dublin. The Shamrocks sent Grossman and a 4th round pick in 2015 to Acadia for $3.25 Million and a 5th round pick in 2015. The Swede will slot into Acadia's top 4 this coming season.

"I think we found a new partner for Buff (Byfuglien)," quipped Flaming, "Nik can focus on his own end but he did have 30 points last year too because he can move the puck up to his forwards so well. We'll take that any day of the week."

Lost in the mix is Mark MacMillan, originally a 5th round selection of Miami's back in 2010. The BC product is in his third season at the University of North Dakota where he is teammates with fellow Acadia prospects Dillon Simpson, Rocco Grimaldi and recent grad Andrew MacWilliam.

Heading into this weekend's 2013 SICHL Entry Draft, the Bears have a total of 20 draft picks but Flaming says not to expect the team to make that many selections.

"We're a team that has built through the draft and has used free agency or the trade route to fill holes," said Flaming, "This year we have the means to trade up from spots in the draft or even for future years. I'd be very surprised to see us add 20 new prospects to the organization this weekend."

In fact, Acadia is actively trying to move some bodies out as it is. Rumors suggest that longtime Bears defenceman Tom Gilbert and his budget friendly contract of $945K could be had. Forwards Scott Hartnell, Dana Tyrell and Peter Mueller could also be expendable this year. One source suggested that Flaming was listening to offers for standout collegian Johnny Gaudreau although the GM declined to comment on the subject.

BEAR TRACKS

  • The team is expected to unveil a slightly altered version of their home whites this year. Details are unknown but its safe to say fans shold expect a bit more colour.
  • Logan Nelson is 12th in WHL scoring with 18 points through 15 games. The Minnesota native is in his final year of junior eligibility. (Drafted 4th round 2012)
  • Miami RedHawks sophomore Riley Barber is off to another fantastic start. With 5 goals and 8 points in only 4 games, Barber is proving that last season was not a fluke. (Drafted 5th round 2012).
  • Not to be outdone, Johnny Gaudreau has 7 points in 3 games with Boston College. (Drafted 6th round 2011).

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