The Komets bolstered their roster with four players today, including two who spent time last season in the higher-level American Hockey League.
The new acquisitions are forwards Thomas Ebbing, Trent Fox and Mathieu Nadeau, along with defenseman Jeff King, bringing the roster for the coming season to 19 players, including 12 forwards, five defensemen and goaltenders Lukas Hafner and Kyle Hayton.
King, 22, spent two games last season with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies, but he was mostly with the ECHL’s Brampton Beast and Orlando Solar Bears, totaling five goals and 13 points in 57 games. He was a productive offensive defenseman in juniors with the Sarnia Sting from 2013 to 2017, accruing 14 goals and 56 points in 66 games his final season Ontario Hockey League season.
Ebbing, 23, was in the AHL for 45 games last season – he was on a two-way contract with the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens – totaling one goal and five points in 45 games. He also played six games for former Komets captain Colin Chaulk with Brampton. He skated for Michigan State from 2013 to 2017 and had three goals and 16 points in 35 games his senior year.
Fox, 21, is coming off a season of 24 goals and 53 points in 60 games with the OHL’s Mississauga Steelheads, which was followed by two goals and five points in six playoff games. He helped the Steelheads to the 2017 playoff finals with six goals and 14 points in 20 postseason games.
Nadeau, 21, is also coming off a prolific scoring junior season; he had 15 goals and 43 points in just 32 games with Rimouski of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, then added two goals and five points in seven playoff games. In his QMJHL career, he had 64 goals and 162 points in 182 games.
The Komets, who reached the Western Conference finals last season, are in the midst of a massive rebuild after losing players such as Shawn Szydlowski, Gabriel Desjardins and Garrett Thompson to Europe. Among the players they have back are captain Jamie Schaafsma and defensemen Cody Sol, Jason Binkley and Ryan Lowney.
Among their biggest free agent signings so far are forward Danny Moynihan and defenseman Kevin Gibson, while The Journal Gazette reported Thursday they are close to inking an affiliation agreement with the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights that would land them a goalie and a few others players.