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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, October 26, 2017 11:10 pm

Newest Komet looks promising

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

The Komets have added two players to their roster this week – forwards Artur Tyanulin and Zac Larraza from the Tucson Roadrunners of the higher-level American Hockey League – but Fort Wayne not yet released anyone.

They may not need to do so.

They have had some minor injuries and center Justin Hodgman was placed on injured reserve, retroactive to Sunday.

The newest Komets player, Tyanulin, seems like the real deal. A 20-year-old rookie, he totaled 24 goals and 85 points in 67 games last season with the Ottawa 67s and was a finalist for the Ontario Hockey League’s Most Outstanding Player award. He won championships with Russia’s under-16 and under-15 teams. He has played only one professional game, though, while Larraza, 24, has played 46 AHL games and totaled 29 goals and 49 points in 60 ECHL games with Manchester and Utah.

Tyanulin was sought after by at least two NHL teams I know of: Arizona and Montreal. Look at the video above (or many others on the web) and you’ll see why.

On Friday, the Komets (2-0-1) play host to the Cincinnati Cyclones (0-1-1). The Komets went 5-1-2 last season against the Cyclones, who so far have a league-low four goals and have been led by Eric Knodel’s one goal and two assists.