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Wednesday, August 01, 2018 6:00 pm

Signing season heats up, K's add 6

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

It had been quiet for many days, but the Komets finally bolstered their roster for the upcoming season today by signing six players. That brings the total number under contract to 15, including nine forwards, four defensemen and two goaltenders.

Highlighting the signings is Danny Moynihan, 22, who last season totaled 14 goals and 41 points in 48 games with the division-rival Kalamazoo Wings. A left wing, he had 22 goals and 52 points in 71 games with the Alaska Aces in 2016-17.

Moynihan, who has 11 games of experience in the higher-level American Hockey League, had a successful junior career in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with Halifax and Shawinigan, with which he reached the finals in 2016 after he had four goals and 19 points in 21 postseason games.

The Komets also signed goaltender Kyle Hayton, along with Joseph Widmar, Charlie Graaskamp, Brandon Morley, and Chase Phelps.

Hayton, 24, is a rookie from the University of Wisconsin, for which he was 9-12-3 with a 3.09 goals-against average and a .890 save percentage last season. He began his college career with St. Lawrence University, appearing in 104 games from 2014 to 2017, earning conference ECAC Rookie of the Year honors. He was the conference Goaltender of the Year and a Hobey Baker nominee as college player of the year in 2016-17, when he was 16-12-7 with a 2.28 GAA and a .929 SP with five shutouts.

Lukas Hafner had already been signed as a Fort Wayne netminder.

Widmar, a 23-year-old forward, had three assists in 11 games last season with the Komets before being traded to Greenville in December, after which he played nine games. He also skated in the Single-A Southern Professional Hockey League, totaling 11 goals and 40 points in 36 regular-season games with Peoria, plus two goals with five points in seven playoff games.

Graaskamp, a 22-year-old center, had four goals and 14 points last season as a rookie with the Utah Grizzlies. In 2016-17, he accrued 14 goals and 45 points in 61 QMJHL games with Drummondville and Val d'Or.

Morley, 24, is a rookie forward from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, where he was the captain in 2016-17 and had two goals and 12 points in 34 games. He was a two-time WCHA All-Academic Team member and totaled 14 goals and 38 points in 139 career games.

Phelps, 22, is a rookie fresh from Boston University, where he had one goal and two points in 32 games last season, as the Terriers won the Hockey East title.

jcohn@jg.net