Former Utica Comet Nate Schnarr was traded on Monday to the Montreal Canadiens for goaltender Andrew Hammond.
Nate Schnarr is moving north of the border after the New Jersey Devils traded him to the Montreal Canadiens for Andrew Hammond. Although they lose a key member of their forward group, the trade will most likely mean the eventual return of goaltender Nico Daws to the Utica Comets.
Schnarr is in his third professional season. After being drafted by the Arizona Coyotes in the third round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, Schnarr was acquired by the New Jersey Devils as a part of the December 16th, 2019 trade of Taylor Hall. The twenty-three-year-old center played in forty-three games for the Utica Comets this season posting thirteen goals and thirteen assists in forty-three games played to go with 26 PIM and a +12 rating.
Hammond, who is also known as “The Hamburgler”, is thirty-four years old, and began his professional career in 2013. He is a veteran of sixty NHL games with an overall record of 30-15-6 with a GAA of 2.31 and a 0.920 save percentage to go with 4 shutouts. He spent time with the Iowa Wild this season and has also played four games for the Montreal Canadiens, his record with Montreal this season is 3-0-0 with a 2.40 GAA and 0.920 save percentage. He is currently on injured reserve but is scheduled to return to action within one to two weeks.
Schnarr will most likely be assigned to the Laval Rocket. When Hammond returns, it is likely Nico Daws will be reassigned to the Utica Comets (he does not need to clear waivers) to join Akira Schmid as Utica’s goaltending tandem. Daws and Schmid formed what was considered by many to be the best goaltending tandem in the American Hockey League during the first half of this season.