Approaching the first third of the KHL season, the Bears are getting new additions to the team. Offensive powers will be bolstered by a 23-year-old Lucas Lessio, Arizona Coyotes' second pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
Season right after the Draft was his most prolific for the Oshawa Generals when he tallied 62 points (34-28) through 66 games. Two years afterwards the Maple, Ontario, born winger made his debut in Coyotes jersey right out of training camp, and upon return to the Portland Pirates of the AHL he was the first scorer on the team (29 goals in 69 games).
For the last two seasons he's been going back and forth between the AHL and the NHL, and on the last trade deadline he was traded to Montreal and dressed for 12 games with the Canadiens.
“Lucas Lessio is coming in to replace Brule and is a player who plays with high speed and energy and has a very good skill level. He played games in the NHL last year and we consider him a good and useful addition to the club,“ Medvescak's Sports Director Aaron Fox stated.
On the other side of the ice, goalie position will be strengthened by veteran Drew MacIntyre, seasoned AHL player with NHL experience.
After the Detroit Red Wings picked him in the fourth round of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, MacIntyre worked his way up to the AHL level posting a 90.2% svs for the Grand Rapids Griffins in his rookie season. Three years later he made his first starts in the NHL, for the Vancouver Canucks. In the same season he scored a goal and was chosen to the All Star Game.
“Drew is coming in to provide us with some needed depth at the goalie position. Danny Taylor has been exceptional for us, and we need someone else who can help us as a team when he doesn't play. Drew has a wealth of pro experience and is looking forward to new KHL experience,“ Fox said and added: "His contract is signed until January when we'll reassess the situation."
With a few more NHL games under his belt, MacIntyre spent most of his career in the AHL and for the last two seasons he minded the net for Charlotte Checkers and Rockford IceHogs.
The 33-year-old Charlottetown-born was a member of Team Canada twice, both times for the Spengler Cup which he won last year.