Rangers acquire Brown, add Makarski

December 8, 2014

5:51 AM EST

(photo courtesy OJHL Images)

The North York Rangers have acquired defenceman Austin Brown from the Lindsay Muskies in exchange for forward Cam Stajer.

Brown, 19, had 39 points in 68 career Ontario Junior Hockey League contests with the Muskies.

A native of Mississauga, ONT., Brown played for the Toronto Marlies midgets in the Greater Toronto Hockey League for the 2012-13 season.

“He is going to be a nice veteran defenceman on the back end for us,” said North York head coach Mark Joslin.

“He loves the puck and he’s good with it, so he’ll get power play time and once he gets our systems we think he’ll provide a lot of offence for us.”

Brown also contributed two assists in six games while representing the OJHL at the 2014 Central Canada Cup.

The move is especially timely for the club, with the injury absence of captain Jeremy Szabo, and the potential for league defenceman rookie scoring leader Will Reilly to make Team Canada East for the 2014 World Junior A Challenge.

The Rangers also signed free agent goaltender Evgueni Makarski, formerly of the Burlington Cougars.

Makarski, 19, is from Richmond Hill, ONT., and was 4-9 with an .869 save percentage in 14 appearances this year with the Cougars.

He played last season with the Oceanside Generals Jr. B in British Columbia.

Makarski is a product of the York Simcoe Express midgets.