Zetterlund has three goals and six assists in nine games played for the Utica Comets so far this season.
The New Jersey Devils announced on Wednesday morning they have placed forward Tyce Thompson on injured reserve, and in his place they have recalled Fabian Zetterlund from the Utica Comets.
Zetterlund, a twenty-two-year-old center, has been a key part of the Comets undefeated start to this season. The Devils selected him in the third round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, and played the last two seasons prior to this one for the Binghamton Devils of the American Hockey League. In thirty-four games played for Binghamton last season, he tallied seven goals and twelve assists.
Zetterlund has yet to play a game in the NHL, but according to TSN Sports reporter Amanda Stein, Devils Head Coach Lindy Ruff said that he will play for the team during their road trip which starts tomorrow night against the Florida Panthers. He arrived in New Jersey in time to practice with the team on Wednesday.
Stein stated on Twitter that Zetterlund was quoted as saying “I just want to come up here and bring those ten wins in Utica up here!”
Since Thompson was placed on injured reserve, the Devils did not need to reassign anyone to Utica to make a roster spot for Zetterlund. There is no word yet if the Comets will recall anyone from the Adirondack Thunder to replace Zetterlund, although it should noted that the Thunder begin a three game series on Wednesday night in Boise, Idaho against the Idaho Steelheads that does not end until November 20th. The Comets play on Wednesday night in Rochester, then return home for games on Friday and Saturday night against Charlotte and Rochester.