The Toronto Marlies have made two depth signings in as many days with the acquisitions of forwards Cason Hohmann and Eric Faille.
Cason Hohmann, 23 years old, is a Boston University graduate who put up 92 points in 145 NCAA games. His most productive season was his final one in 2014-15, notching eleven goals and 31 points in 41 outings.
The Rochester Americans saw enough to pen him to a one-year deal last season, but Hohmann spent the majority of 2015-16 with the ECHL’s Elmira Jackals. The right winger was named to the ECHL All-Rookie Team on his way to recording 20 goals and 57 points in 59 games.
Hohmann’s hockey hero is Claude Giroux and the Arlington, Texas native will do anything it takes to win, an interview with the Boston University newspaper from 2013 reveals.
“I’m really a big competitor, I always like to win every battle. I like to go out there and get in front of pucks and block shots for the team.”
Hohmann’s father, Chris, agreed: “He just is very competitive and driven to win. That’s just something that he always cares about. He works really hard, and he expects to do well with all that hard work.”
The 5’9” forward received a small taste of the American Hockey League at the backend of last season, appearing in three games for Rochester. His eyes would have opened by a pair of thumpings at the hands of Grand Rapids — a stark realization of what it takes to compete in the AHL.
Hohmann will have to work hard for an opportunity with the Marlies as he’s set to spend a year with the Orlando Solar Bears. He only needs to look at the likes of Eric Faille and co. to recognize that there will be chances to shine if he produces in the ECHL.
Cason Hohmann Statistics
|2009-10||Cedar Rapids Roughriders||USHL||58||9||27||36|
|2010-11||Cedar Rapids Roughriders||USHL||55||22||34||56|
|2014-15||Boston Univ. A||NCAA||41||11||20||31|
Eric Faille Returns
The Marlies have also welcomed back Eric Faille, who impressed for both Orlando and Toronto last season during his first year as part of the organisation, on an AHL contract.
The 26-year-old Quebec native put up 24 goals and 60 points in 56 games for the Solar Bears. There’s little doubt that Orlando missed his presence and production down the stretch as they made a late push for a playoff berth.
Faille made the most of his opportunities with Toronto, accruing ten points in 15 games, with nine of those primary markers. The right winger finished his time with the Marlies by scoring six goals in his final seven outings of the season, made even more impressive by the fact he was bouncing around lines in an ever-changing Marlie lineup.
Unless something extraordinary happens, Faille is going to be a mainstay for Orlando in 2016-17 and play a huge part in their campaign for a playoff spot this time around. If required, the Marlies can call upon a forward who has proven far from out of his depth at the AHL level.
Eric Faille Statistics
|2009-10||Acadie-Bathurst Titan C||QMJHL||68||31||46||77|
|2010-11||Univ. of Moncton||CIS||13||5||9||14|
|2011-12||Univ. of Moncton||CIS||28||16||16||32|
|2012-13||Univ. of Moncton||CIS||27||10||19||29|
|2013-14||Univ. of Moncton||CIS||27||15||24||39|
|2014-15||Fort Wayne Komets||ECHL||45||27||27||54|
|Texas Stars Loan||AHL||21||2||4||6|
|Orlando Solar Bears||ECHL||56||24||36||60|