The Scorpions have beefed up their defense by reaching into NHL Hall of Fame bloodlines. Head coach Randy Murphy has signed Lyon Messier to a contract.
Messier is the son of former NHL star and Hall of Fame member Mark Messier. The younger Messier, 21, is a defenseman who started the season with the Charlotte Checkers.
Previously, Messier spent four seasons in the junior ranks. Last year he played with the Lincoln Stars in the USHL appearing in 46 games. The Dallas, Texas native scored 17 points (5G, 12A) and collected 45 penalty minutes, helping Lincoln advance to the league semi-finals.
While playing in the USHL he was known for his skill on the power play. During the 2007-08 season, 13 of his 17 points came with his team on the man advantage.
Messier joins current Scorps defenseman Aaron MacInnis as players with NHL ties. MacInnis is the nephew of NHL Hall of Fame member Al MacInnis.
To make room on the roster, defenseman Dylan Row has been waived. In 19 games Row collected eight assists and 26 penalty minutes.
Michael Beynon will be activated from the injured reserve this week. Beynon has played in four games picking up four penalty minutes and a +2 plus/minus rating. Rookie forward Sam Bowles has been waived.