Up front, this is as deep as the Comets roster has looked in recent memory, giving the coaching staff a solid blend of quick, skilled players to go along with some size and defensive awareness. Trent Cull and his crew will be able to insulate the young prospects with some higher-end veterans who can help them along at the AHL level.
Some players have already been assigned to the ECHL to serve as depth, while there will be some decisions to be made on others as the Canucks and Comets sort out their current injury situations.
AHL teams can dress up to five players in a game who carry AHL veteran status, plus one who is considered AHL veteran exempt. The team currently has seven players: Carter Bancks, Wacey Hamilton, Carter Camper, Tyler Graovac, Sven Baertschi, Reid Boucher, and defender Alex Biega, who are considered AHL veterans, while Nikolay Goldobin and Justin Bailey count as veteran exempt. There could be some line juggling until injuries and/or call-ups hit the club.
With four goaltenders, 13 defensemen, and 18 forwards available to them, Utica's coaching staff will have some pretty solid depth at the ready. The AHL is known for being a league that uses a lot of players throughout the season as bodies are called up to the NHL level or lost to injuries. The depth that has been added this season should go a long way in insulating the club for those inevitable needs.
- Reid Boucher: LW/RW - 26-years-old, (AHL veteran status)
- Zack MacEwen: RW - 23-years-old
- Boston Leier: LW - 26-years-old (PTO)
- Francis Perron: LW - 23-years-old
- Justin Bailey: RW - 24-years-old, (AHL veteran exempt status)
- Lukas Jasek: LW/RW/C - 22-years-old
- Kole Lind: RW/LW - 20-years-old
- Jonah Gadjovich: LW/RW - 20-years-old
- Nikolay Goldobin: LW/RW - 24-years-old, (AHL veteran exempt status)
- Sven Baertschi: LW - 27-years-old, AHL veteran status)
- Carter Camper: C - 31-years-old, (AHL deal, AHL veteran status)
- Tyler Graovac: C - 26-years-old, (AHL veteran status)
- Carter Bancks: LW/RW/C - 30-years-old, (AHL deal, AHL veteran status)
- Wacey Hamilton: LW/RW/C - 29-years-old, (AHL deal, AHL veteran status)
- Vincent Arseneau: LW/RW - 27-years-old, (AHL deal)
- Dyson Stevenson: LW/RW/C - 26-years-old, (AHL deal)
- Seamus Malone: LW/RW/C - 23-years-old, (AHL deal)
- Dylan Sadowy: LW/RW - 23-years-old, (AHL deal, assigned to Kalamazoo Wings, ECHL)
- Tanner Sorenson: C - 26-years-old, (AHL deal, assigned to Kalamazoo Wings, ECHL)