Make it eight.
On Wednesday, the Mavericks announced that Edwin Hookenson, a defenseman from the Nanaimo Clippers of the British Columbia Hockey League, has signed for next season. He's the second defenseman in an otherwise forward-heavy group and is the only member of that class not from the USHL.
A 6-foot-0, 185-pound native of Lampman, Saskatchewan, Hookenson is in his third season with the Clippers. He has two goals and five assists in 24 games and is an alternate captain. Last season, he scored five goals and had 28 points in 58 games as Nanaimo won the BCHL's Interior Division regular-season title and advanced to the playoff championship series.