The moves were announced ahead of Monday’s 5:00pm EST NHL roster deadline.
Get excited Utica, a bonafide goal scorer is coming to town.
The New Jersey Devils have announced four more players have been assigned to their AHL affiliate the Utica Comets. According to NewJerseyDevils.com, those players are: goaltender Akira Schmid and forwards Jesper Boqvist, Frederik Gauthier, and Alexander Holtz.
Holtz is coming to the Comets with the reputation of a being a pure goal scorer. The nineteen-year-old native of Sweden was the number seven overall pick of the New Jersey Devils in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. He already has professional experience, having played two seasons in the SHL (the top Swedish pro league), and also played in ten games last season for the Binghamton Devils of the American Hockey League. Holtz should add some offensive pop to the Comets lineup, especially on the power play.
Frederik Gauthier was assigned to the Comets after signing a one year, two way contract with the Devils. The twenty-six-year-old Gauthier is also a first round pick – having been drafted number twenty-one overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2013. An imposing figure at six feet, five inches tall and weighing in at 239 pounds, Gauthier brings 170 games of NHL experience to the Comets. He played for both the Toronto Maple Leafs and Arizona Coyotes so far in career.
Twenty-two-year-old Jesper Boqvist will also bring NHL experience to Utica. Drafted by the Devils in the second round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, Boqvist has played sixty-three games for the New Jersey Devils over the past two seasons. Boqvist can play all three forward positions, bringing an element of versatility to the Comets.
Goaltender Akira Schmid was also assigned to the AHL. Drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the fifth round of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, he played last season in the USHL (United States Hockey League). If he cannot get playing time in Utica, he might be re-assigned to the Adirondack Thunder of the ECHL.
The New Jersey Devils are expected to make four more cuts from the roster on Monday.