The Utica Comets roster continues to fill out

Seven more players, with the possibility of an eighth, are heading to Utica.

The New Jersey Devils are continuing to reduce the size of their training camp roster, and in the process, add to the Utica Comets.

According to Sam Kasan of, the team announced on Thursday they are assigning seven players to their AHL team in Utica. Along with these transactions, they also placed forward A.J. Greer on waivers. If he clears waivers, he will be assigned to Utica as well.

The breakdown of the seven that were assigned to the Comets is as follows: four forwards (five if Greer clears), two defensemen, and one goaltender. The group includes two players that were key components in two separate high profile trades the NJ Devils have made in recent years.

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Forward Nolan Foote was part of the package that came back to the Devils in the February 2020 Blake Coleman trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning (a first round draft pick also went to the Devils). Foote himself is a former first round draft pick, having been taken #27 overall by the Lightning in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. The twenty-year-old played last season for the Binghamton Devils of the AHL, putting up seven goals and ten assists in twenty-four games played.

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Like Foote, defenseman Kevin Bahl also came to the New Jersey Devils in a major trade. The twenty-one-year-old was part of the December 2019 Taylor Hall trade that saw the Devils acquire Bahl, a first round draft pick, now fellow Comets teammate Nathan Schnarr, and other pieces. At six feet, six inches tall and weighing in at 218 pounds, Bahl is an imposing presence on the blue line, he played last season for the Binghamton Devils of the AHL. In twenty-seven games played, he posted one goal, four assists, and twelve PIM.

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Nico Daws will be expected to challenge Scott Wedgewood for playing time in the Utica Comets crease this season. The twenty-year-old goaltender was drafted by the NJ Devils in the third round of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. He played last season in Germany for ERC Ingolstadt of the DEL.

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