On Thursday morning the Providence Bruins announced that they have added two new players, as well as signed another to an extension. Two players from the Canadian hockey league, and one player who split time with the P Bruins and the Atlanta Gladiators last season. Brady Lyle and Alex – Oliver Voyer were both signed out of the CHL after an impressive last couple of years in the league. Joel Messner signed a one year extension with the Providence Bruins.
Full time home
The player not mentioned above is defenseman Joel Messner. While Messner isn’t exactly a new face in Providence, he was already under contract with the Bruins for the next two seasons. Now he has had another year added to that contract after signing a one year extension. Messner hopes to find himself a full time member of the Providence Bruins, and hopes to continue making strides towards the big league. Messner split time with the P Bruins and the Atlanta Gladiators over the last two seasons. This year with the Gladiators he played in 59 games. In those games he totaled seven goals and 29 assists.
Brady Lyle is one new face you’ll be seeing in Providence some next season. Lyle is a 20 year old 6’1 203 pounder, and is a big bodied two way defenseman that has been with the Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario hockey league for a total of 184 games since 2018. In those games he has tallied 42 goals and 96 assists. Last season was Lyles’ best season yet. He found himself all over the stat sheet with his 22 goals, 43 assists and 65 total points in just 62 games. Lyle does not lack physicality in his game. His physical play always puts him in the middle of the action and always keeps him near the puck. He is a skilled shot from the right side who has the potential to make an impact whenever and where ever he is on the ice.
Alex – Oliver Voyer
Voyer is a 21 year old defender who stands at about six foot and weighs in at 190 pounds. Voyer has made consistant improvements in his game over the last five seasons in the QMJHL. He spent his first three seasons in the league with the Rimouski Oceanic, and has spent his last two seasons with the Sherbrooke Phoenix. Voyers assist and goal totals have literally improved every season that he’s played in the league; His last two seasons being the best. In 2018/19 he totaled 29 goals and 29 assists in 68 games, and during the 2019/20 season he totaled 44 goals and 44 assists in 63 games. Voyer is a small bodied forward who can cruise around the ice, and be a pain in the sides of just about any opponent. His 88 point total last season shows you just how involved he is when he’s on the ice.
What to expect?
While both Lyle and Voyer have a tremendous amount of talent, they are both still very young. With the level of competition that could come out in camp next season there is a very good chance that both men will be buried on the depth charts and possibly end up in Atlanta. Not that that’s much to worry about, as again they’re both very young and the experience will only help them progress their game and allow them to stay in the system. Eventually they should have a true shot at making a run at the NHL.