With the BCHL trade deadline passing Wednesday, January 10th at 8 PM, the Surrey Eagles were a busy team – bringing three players in and moving three players out. In total, general manager Blaine Neufeld completed three trades, signed one player, and released another.
Forward Dryden Michaud has signed with the Eagles after being released by the WHL’s Saskatoon Blades. Ty Schultz, a 20-year-old defenceman, has been acquired from the Coquitlam Express for future considerations. In a corresponding move, defenceman Domenic Masellis has been traded to the Cowichan Valley Capitals for future considerations. Lastly, a move for a goaltender was made as Mario Cavaliere was acquired from the Georgetown Raiders of the OJHL in exchange for Dominic Dumas and future considerations. Goaltender Nic Tallarico was released to make room for Cavaliere.
Michaud, 19, appeared in 29 games for the Saskatoon Blades this season scoring 2 goals and 2 assists. He came up through the Yale Hockey Academy system, also appearing in 50 PJHL games with the Abbotsford Pilots from 2014 through 2017.
“Dryden gives us a multi-faceted player,” Neufeld told SurreyEagles.ca. “He can help at both ends of the ice. We love his speed, competitiveness, and ability to play in all situations.”
Schultz, 20, is a former 16th overall pick in the WHL draft. He has appeared in 186 WHL games with the Medicine Hat Tigers since 2014. Prior to that, he spent two seasons in the BCMML with the Greater Vancouver Canadians and Vancouver Northwest Giants. GM Neufeld calls the 6-foot-1, 200 pound Schultz a “key piece” that they were able to add late in the day.
Cavaliere, 20, comes to the Eagles with stellar numbers in the OJHL. With the Georgetown Raiders he appeared in 28 games, posting a 19-8-1 record and .932 save percentage. In the previous season with the Burlington Cougars, he had a .918 save percentage in 39 games and followed that with a .929 in 10 playoff games.
“In Mario, we added a mature, experienced goaltender,” GM Blaine Neufeld said, calling it a “very large” acquisition. “He’s had tremendous success at the junior A level.”
“I’m extremely excited and satisfied with our roster. We went into the day looking to add a 20-year-old defenceman, 20-year-old goaltender, and quality forward. We did exactly that.”
The Eagles would like to thank Domenic Masellis, Dominic Dumas, and Nic Tallarico for their time with the organization and wish them the best of luck with their new teams.