UTICA, N.Y. - Game week has officially arrived for the Utica Comets with the 2021-22 season opener just days away.
With the New Jersey Devils making final roster cuts to get to it's 23-man opening night roster, and the Comets making moves of their own in regards to tryout deals and assignments to the ECHL, Utica's roster currently sits at 22 (12 forwards, 7 defensemen, 3 goalies).
After two preseason games, a shootout win over the Rochester Americans and a loss to the Syracuse Crunch, the coaching staff said they like what they have seen from the team thus far in regard to effort level and playing with pace, while also recognizing there are a number of aspects of the game still needing to be ironed out.
With a new group in a new place, this next week will be spent largely on continuing to familiarize themselves with each other and the systems being put in place.
In an effort to get to know each other off the ice, the team went up to Lake George following practice on Tuesday for a bonding trip, where they went on a team hike, Tuesday, upon arrival.
On the ice, while the Comets are working on fine tuning their systems, Assistant Coach Sergei Brylin, a three-time Stanley Cup champion with the Devils, said that many of the things they are working on were introduced in New Jersey training camp, which should make it an easy transition.
The Comets return to practice Thursday, and open up the 2021-22 regular season on Sunday against the Amerks at 3 p.m.
For more, including an interview with Brylin, click the video above