The Buffalo Beauts are starting to get a clearer picture of what the team will look like in the 2016-17 season. That picture will include Hailey Browne and Devon Skeats, who the team has re-signed.
They have agreed to matching one-year pacts worth $14,000.
Browne and Skeats were a big part of the team’s success, comprising two thirds of their second line. They were also key members of the power play. Their unit scored a huge number of the team’s even strength and power play markers, making these significant signings for the Beauts depth.
Their presence will help the Beauts maintain the style of hockey that led the team to an Isobel Cup Championship berth last season. They may need more to take the crown, but that grinding forecheck, deceptively simple in its approach, fit the style of this line so well.
Particularly with Kelley Steadman returning on a contract and not as a practice player, they should be constructing a team that is capable of causing problems across the league once again, despite last year’s slow start.
Dustin Nelson is the News Editor for The Hockey Writers. He’s a contributor to Hockey Prospectus, Hockey Wilderness, and writes a column for Rotowire. He’s also written for Gone Puck Wild, Wild Xtra, InDigest, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, Tiny Mix Tapes, Prefix Magazine & other publications. Have a tip? Email him at dlukenelson[at]gmail[dot]com.