Thursday, August 24, 2017

Texas Bolsters Depth at Forward, Defense with Markison and Sweetman

The Texas Stars have signed two depth players for 2017-18 in Colin Markison and Eric Sweetman.

Forward Colin Markison comes from Bridgeport most recently. He also skated for Missouri in the ECHL last season. I would expect him in Idaho. Sweetman is a defenseman who paired with Gavin Baureuther during his time at St. Lawrence. With so many defensemen signed already in Texas and Dallas, you'd expect him in Idaho as well.

Here's the release:
The Texas Stars, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars, announced today the team has signed forward Colin Markison and rookie defenseman Eric Sweetman to AHL contracts for the upcoming 2017-18 season.

Markison, 25, tallied six points (2-4=6) in 28 games last year for the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers and has competed in 73 career AHL games over the past three seasons. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound native of Princeton, N.J. competed for four seasons at the University of Vermont from 2011-2015 before beginning his pro career. Markison (MAR-kih-suhn) also played 24 games for the ECHL’s Missouri Mavericks in 2015-16 with 17 points (10-7=17).

Sweetman, 23, begins his professional career after spending the last four seasons at St. Lawrence University (NCAA). The 5-foot-11, 175-pound defenseman tallied 64 points (16-48=64) in 146 career games at St. Lawrence. Prior to college, the Woodbine, Md. native played for the USHL’s Youngstown Phantoms from 2011-2013 and tallied 30 points (11-19=30) in 123 career games.

Sweetman also skated as a teammate of Texas Stars defenseman Gavin Bayreuther during his four seasons at St. Lawrence.

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