MACON, Ga. – Since the Macon Mayhem brought Nick Niedert aboard near the end of August as head coach, the seeking of talent prior to preseason training camp has accelerated.
Other than the Aug. 5 signing of goalie Spencer Kozlowski, Macon’s previous offseason signing was the July 22 signing of forward Vincent Dekumbis, adding the earlier inking of forward Tory Mclean and defenseman Jiri Hajda plus the bringing back of Jamie Bucell.
And though training camp invites are fluid as other options or opportunities can be pursued between now and training camp, the recent weeks have shown Macon’s focus on having a strong nucleus in place.
Of Macon’s seven signings since the hiring of Niedert, five were on last year’s roster – forwards Caleb Cameron, Joseph Drapluk, Nigel Slade, and defensemen Brian Kerrigan and Kyle Soper. Macon, a team that last year had a virtually brand new roster coming off the COVID-19 season, already is a step ahead of where it was last year with a core group of players already used to one another and more importantly, already having built chemistry.
Cameron is by far the most tenured Mayhem player on track to be in camp, having played a combined 190 games since the 2017-18 season in Macon. But he won’t be the only one with extensive SPHL experience. Before coming to Macon last year, Drapluk had played a combined 51 games for Pensacola. And then there’s another new arrival on the scoring line – David Nippard by way of Birmingham where he had a 23-point season for the Bulls appearing in 52 games.
Also set to be aboard is Gabe Mollot-Hill, who last year was on two AHL rosters – Belleville and Laval.
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