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Comets ink four additional players

Posted 7/20/22

The Utica Comets have signed four more players, including two former Comets.

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Comets ink four additional players

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UTICA — The Utica Comets have signed four more players, including two former Comets.

Joining the New Jersey Devils’ AHL affiliate for the upcoming 2022-23 season are forwards Nolan Stevens and Xavier Parent and defensemen Dylan Blujus and Filip Bratt.

The moves bring the franchise’s total players signed to AHL deals for the upcoming season to 13.

Blujus, 28, is a former draft pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

The Buffalo native has played eight seasons in the AHL amassing 338 games scoring 22 goals and 73 assists for 95 points. Last season, the 6-foot-3, 203-pound defenseman skated with both the Milwaukee Admirals (AHL) and the Florida Everblades (ECHL). This will be Blujus’ return to Utica as he skated from 2017 to 2020 with the team. He played 123 games, scoring nine goals and tallying 13 assists. Blujus signed an AHL one-way contract with the club.

Bratt, 20, is from Stockholm, Sweden. He signed an AHL two-way contract with the Comets. The 5-foot-10, 176-pound forward played 35 games with AIK in the HockeyAllsvenskan league in Sweden scoring one goal and one assist. His older brother is Jesper Bratt, the New Jersey Devils’ leading scorer last season. This will be Bratt’s first season of hockey in North America.

Stevens, 25, is a fifth-round draft pick of the St. Louis Blues in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound forward who signed an AHL one-way contract, played for the Comets during the 2020-21 season where he scored six goals and 12 assists in 27 games. The former Northeastern University product, who was captain during his senior season, has accumulated 189 AHL games scoring 30 goals and 56 assists. Last season, Stevens split time in the AHL with the Springfield Thunderbirds and the Iowa Wild. 

Parent, 21, hails from Laval, Quebec. He signed a two-year, one way-AHL contract with the Comets. He played the last three seasons for the Sherbooke of the QMJHL where he was captain of the club last year. The 5-foot-8, 170-pound center tied for the team lead in goals with 51 and was second in points with 106 making the QMJHL Second All-Star Team during the 2021-22 season. In 244 hockey games of junior hockey, he scored 102 goals and 113 assists.

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