Just 24 hours after the announcement that fan favourite defenceman Ben Blood was leaving the team, the Cardiff Devils have moved quick to sign his replacement.
With a spot available on defence, the Devils have signed defenceman Evan Mosey for the rest of the season.
The 29-year-old dual national is no stranger to the EIHL after spending three of the last four seasons with the Nottingham Panthers, spending the 2016-17 season with the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL, featuring in 41 contests, as well as 9 ECHL games that year for the Indy Fuel.
Mosey left the Panthers after a 32 point campaign last year, joining the Herning Blue Fox of Denmark to start this year.
In 15 games for the Blue Fox he posted 3 goals and 6 assists for 9 points in league action before the announcement was made of his return to the UK.
Head Coach Andrew Lord was full of praise for his latest recruit, stating “Mosey is one of the fastest skaters we have seen in this league and he can play forward and defence, which is a huge plus. He has an impressive skillset and will fit in well to the style we play in Cardiff.
“This is a big day for us, yesterday we lost a great player in Ben Blood and today we signed another great player to fill that void.”
Mosey has represented GB at the international stage and missed last year’s World Championships with a broken leg, but looks to be back at full health after recovering from the injury, and will surely bolster the Devils defence and look to get a seat on the plane to Slovakia to represent GB at next Aprils World Championships.
With the signing of Mosey, it brings stability to the defensive unit that had to be revamped in last night’s loss to the Fife Flyers. With Andrew Lord using mostly the same pairings through the start of the season, it’ll be interesting to see where Mosey fits in on this roster, and whether he comes straight to replace Ben Blood as Bryce Reddick’s defensive partner, or if Lord has other plans for the gifted two-way blueliner.
in 189 games in all EIHL competitions, Mosey has posted 53 goals, 68 assists for 122 points, so his impressive offensive numbers will only add to an already strong offensive team that has posted 57 goals in 13 league games, but his defensive abilities will be a big addition to the team that is looking to bounce back from three losses in a row, and three losses in a row at home.
The Devils are now working on getting all the paperwork sorted in time for Mosey to make his debut on Saturday when the Devils take on the Milton Keynes Lightning, before returning home for his potential home debut in an incredibly tough test against an in form Belfast Giants side who are making their first trip to South Wales this year.
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