Former Comets forward Cassels signals with crew in Germany

Former Comets forward Cassels signals with crew in Germany

Former Comets forward Cassels signals with crew in Germany

Ben BirnellTuesday Jul 31, 2018 at 6:41 PM Jul 31, 2018 at 9:25 PM

Cole Cassels has joined a brand new group.

Cassels, a daily ahead for the Utica Comets over the previous three seasons, has signed a one-year deal with German-primarily based Grizzlys Wolfsburg, the group announced on intimate media Tuesday. The team is a member of Germany’s appropriate-tier league, Deutsche Eishockey Liga DEL.

Cassels wasn’t anticipated to return to the Comets for a fourth season after the dad or mum Vancouver Canucks did not lengthen the 23-year-historic Connecticut native. The fresh addition of extra prospects to the Vancouver equipment — together with 2017 fifth general draft choose Elias Pettersson in addition to this year’s Hobey Baker Award winner Adam Gaudette — made for a crowded roster.

Cassels, who changed into drafted 85th average by using Vancouver in 2013 and turned into a touted prospect when he made his professional debut in 2015, ends his time with the Comets ranked fifth on the group’s all-time list with 202 American Hockey League typical-season games. He had 15 dreams and 44 aspects in those video games.

The six-foot, 179-pound Cassels, who became hampered by way of injuries all through his three seasons with the Comets, is coming off a career-most beneficial crusade in 2017-18. Cassels performed in a team-top of the line 69 normal-season, totaling seven goals and 19 assists, that have been each additionally profession marks. He scored twice and brought an assist in five AHL playoff video games. The protecting-minded Cassels became in a strong helping position for the Comets, taking key faceoffs in addition to enjoying on Utica’s 2nd-ranked penalty kill unit.

Cassels is the third participant from Utica’s team last season to sign distant places, joining defenseman Patrick Wiercioch KHL and Adam Comrie Austria. Jayson Megna Washington and Griffen Molino AHL Toronto have additionally moved on. numerous other players from final season’s injured-plagued team stay free brokers.

Cassels will see as a minimum one widespread face taking part in in Germany. Mike Zalewski, a former Comets teammate and New Hartford native, signed with the Cologne Sharks in the DEL past this month.

The beginning of the starting to be expectations started with words, such as the ones from Nugent-Hopkins.

“here is probably the most intense I’ve considered out group come right into a season before,” observed The Nuge, coming into his eighth season.

very nearly each veteran provided an analogous quote within the days due to the fact.

It’ll be unique to watch those betting bizarre within the days, weeks and months forward.

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