The pair were assigned to Utica on Monday.
The New Jersey Devils announced on Monday that forwards Marian Studenic and Frederik Gauthier have been assigned to their AHL affiliate, the Utica Comets. Studenic was placed on waivers by the Devils on Sunday and subsequently cleared. Gauthier had been placed on waivers and already cleared in the preseason.
Studenic was drafted by the Devils in the fifth round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. The twenty-three-year-old right wing played in five games for New Jersey and did not record a point. Last season, he played for three different teams in three different leagues. He played twenty-five games in the Slovak Extraliga, twenty-two games for the Binghamton Devils of the AHL, and eight games for the New Jersey Devils.
Gauthier was signed by the Devils to a PTO this off-season. The 6 feet, 5 inch 239 pound center will bring more physicality and NHL experience to the Comets. He is a former first round draft pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs, he was taken twenty-first overall in 2013. Gauthier has played parts of seven NHL seasons with the Maple Leafs, Arizona Coyotes, and the New Jersey Devils. This season he has played eight games for the Devils so far this season and has not recorded a point, but he has delivered sixteen hits.
The New Jersey Devils currently have three players on injured reserve: forwards Miles Wood, Jack Hughes, and defenseman Christian Jaros. The Devils announced on Monday that Wood was undergoing surgery and is out indefinitely, while Hughes is still a few weeks from returning. There is no word as of this writing if there will be a corresponding recall from the Utica Comets or if this is a “paper” transaction, as teams occasionally send players down then bring them right back up to maximize salary cap space.