Edinburgh Capitals today announced the signing of versatile Canadian forward Everett Sheen with Caps’ player/coach Riley Emmerson expecting his man to provide some creative sparkle when the new ice hockey season gets under way in September.
Sheen, who has spent the last three years with Ontario Reign of the East Coast Hockey League, registered a modest 11 goals and 21 assists in 80 games last season. However, Emmerson is adamant his former team-mate at Ontario will enjoy a more fruitful time in front of goal with Edinburgh and thrive at Murrayfield.
Emmerson said: “I’m ecstatic he’s coming here. I’ve played with him and against him in the past and I’ve been all over Scott [club co-owner Scott Neil] about signing him. I couldn’t have spoken more highly about him.
“He’s a great face-off man, which is something we lacked last season. He’s skilled, a fast skater and possesses great vision. I see him as a centre, but he’s so creative he can play in any position and has the ability to flip-flop between lines and bring chemistry to a team.
“Last season, because his team were short, he spent half the year playing on defence. And was not used on the power play, yet he still managed to put up 30 points. We are signing one of the most underrated player’s in the ECHL.
“In Edinburgh he’s going to be used in all situations and given the opportunity he deserves. He’s going to be, I believe, one of the best forwards in the league.”
Sheen becomes Edinburgh’s 13th signing and Emmerson is delighted at how his team is shaping up.
“We are putting together some scoring depth,” he said. “This is not going to be about two or three guys, but a three-line team all of which I expect to be dangerous and capable of putting up points.”
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