Matt Stephenson (D)
What a signing Ryan Finnerty made when securing the services of Matt Stephenson from the Texas Stars in the American Hockey League
In signing Stephenson Finnerty believes he has found the new Steve Munn and there are many similarities such as extensive American League experience and a reputation as a hard nose defenseman who protects his team mates.
"I'm looking forward to working with Matt" said Finnerty "every reference I took on this young man was a glowing one. Every coach I spoke with told me to sign him. Every coach liked what he did, how he played and I couldn't help but get excited when we got speaking. You can tell Matt is a serious hockey player, he talks about winning and what it takes to win. Matt also brings some serious toughness on our blue line. We are big at the back now, we won't be pushed around
"A lot of people will compare him to a young Steve Munn, that's because of the AHL stats I guess. I think he will be different to Munner in some ways but also very similar in others. I see Stephenson as one of our leaders both on and off the ice - just like Munner