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Akira Schmid reassigned to the Utica Comets

The New Jersey Devils announced on Thursday morning that they have reassigned goaltender Akira Schmid to the Utica Comets of the AHL.

It looks like the mystery of the Nico Daws recall to New Jersey on Wednesday morning has been solved.

Despite goaltenders Vitek Vanecek and Akira Schmid being healthy, the Devils announced on Wednesday they had recalled Nico Daws to the NHL. On Thursday morning they posted on their X account (@NJDevils) they reassigned netminder Akira Schmid to their American Hockey League affiliate the Utica Comets.

Daws recalled by the New Jersey Devils, Brodeur recalled by the Comets

The reason behind the reassignment has not been made clear. One possibility could be that Schmid is nearing his games played limit for waiver exemption. According to Cap Friendly, he has twelve more NHL games before he is no longer waiver-exempt. For a more in-depth explanation of the waiver exemptions, visit https://capfriendly.com.

Schmid has played the entire 2023-24 season to this point for the Devils. In fifteen games played this season, he has a record of 5-7-1 to go with a GAA of 3.26, and a 0.893 save percentage. In his NHL career, he has played thirty-nine games – posting a record of 14-16-3, with a GAA of 2.92, a 0.898 save percentage, and one shutout.

Schmid’s record for the Utica Comets in 2022-23 was 11-7-4 with a 2.62 GAA, a 0.905 save percentage, and two shutouts. He was recalled to New Jersey on April 13, 2023, and stayed with them for the duration of the season.

The Comets play on Friday night against Providence, and on Saturday night against Rochester. Both games are at the Adirondack Bank Center and begin at 7:00 pm.

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