SIOUX CITY, IA—The Musketeers have signed defenseman Anthony Kehrer to a tender agreement for the 2018-19 season. Kehrer is from Winnipeg, Manitoba and is committed to the University of Wisconsin for the 2020-21 season.
The five-foot-eleven, 195 pound Kehrer spent last season with Rink Hockey Academy Prep of the CSSHL where he recorded five goals and 12 assists to go with +8 rating in 23 games. In 2016-17 Kehrer recorded four goals, and 23 assists along with a +6 rating in 29 games with Rink Hockey Academy Bantam Prep. With plenty of success so far, Kehrer is excited about the opportunity in the USHL.
“It feels amazing to sign a tender in the USHL. When I was younger, the USHL was always on my radar, and I am really excited to get my opportunity to play in this league. I feel the players here can really push me and help take my game to the next level, and with my plan to go to Wisconsin the USHL was the perfect fit.”
Kehrer mentioned a few things when asked why he chose the Musketeers, but chief among them was his comfortability with the Musketeers staff.
“I feel very comfortable with the coaches and the Director of Scouting Andy Johnson. I’ve had the chance to meet Luke in person a few times, and from day one I felt comfortable with him as my head coach. I really trust him to help develop my game and take it to the next level, which is the NCAA at the University of Wisconsin and then eventually the NHL.”
While Kehrer is a defenseman, he prefers a much more offensive style of play and attributes his ability to play both sides of the puck to his strong skating.
“I am a really good skater; I can close out on guys fast and move the puck the other way quickly. I like to join the rush or lead the rush when I can and think that will translate well into the USHL.”
Kehrer also describes his blueline presence and ability to hold the puck as strong aspects of his game.
“I’ve been working a lot on my blueline presence and ability to hold the puck in, I have become a lot calmer on the point, and I am much better at getting the puck on net from the point. When I am on the ice, we usually spend a lot of time in the offensive zone.”
Kehrer says he plays a very similar style to NHL defenseman Josh Morrissey, who plays for the Winnipeg Jets. “We play a very similar style. He’s also a good skater and can close the gap really well.” Drew Doughty also serves as inspiration for the young defenseman. “Doughty is really shifty and can play both an offensive and defensive style of game like me.”
We also had to ask Kehrer who will win the Stanley Cup playoff series featuring his hometown Jets and Predators and he responded with a very confident “Jets in six.”
Head Coach Luke Strand has been watching Kehrer for a while now and is very excited to bring the defenseman into the fold “We are excited to have Anthony Kehrer join our organization as a 2002 tender. Anthony has the ability to step into the USHL and make an impact as a younger player. We look forward to his ability to be a two-way right-handed defenseman that will add offense with this stick and skating ability.”
Kehrer is the first tender signing for the Musketeers this season. For those unfamiliar with the USHL tender and draft process, by signing Kehrer to a tender, the Musketeers have used their first-round choice in the 2018 USHL Phase I Draft. If the Musketeers were to tender a second player, that player would take the place of the Musketeers second-round pick in the USHL Phase I Draft.
The USHL Phase I Draft (2002 birth year) is set for May 7th followed by the Phase II (1998-2002 birth year) draft on May 8th. Stay tuned to Musketeer social media for updates all summer long, including a full breakdown of the draft later next month.