The Toronto Marlies recently signed defenceman Bryce Aneloski to a professional try out (PTO) contract on Friday. The 23 year old Pekin, Illinois native was currently playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs ECHL affiliate club, Orlando Solar Bears in his rookie season and has been performing admirably.
Originally drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the seventh round of the 2010 NHL draft, the 6’2″, 207lbs University of Nebraska-Omaha Maverick has put up some solid numbers in his first full professional year with 5 goals and 16 assists while sitting at an impressive and team leading +17.
Hockey’s Future has this to say in Aneloski’s Talent Analysis “Aneloski is a well-rounded two-way defenseman with good poise. He has a good first couple steps, good lead pass and can work the puck up the ice effectively. Can be used on special teams.”
Hopefully he gets to see some game action before the end of the year to see where he sits in terms of development curve. I still hold to the belief that defensemen take a little longer to develop than forwards and with the fairly potent core the Marlies look to be pretty solid heading into the final part of the year. With Zach Yuen benefiting from major minutes with the Solar Bears and Matt Finn set to join the Marlies next year the defense seems pretty set for the next couple of years. Wishing Aneloski the best with respect to this opportunity. As always, food for thought.