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Utica Comets gain one player from Adirondack, send two down

The Utica Comets made one addition and two subtractions to their roster on Sunday via the Adirondack Thunder of the ECHL.

Per AHL Transactions, defenseman Will MacKinnon will join the Comets from the Thunder. The twenty-three-year-old blueliner played his college hockey at the University of New Hampshire and spent the past two seasons with the Reading Royals of the ECHL. He signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Comets in July of 2023.

In twenty-nine games for the Thunder this season, MacKinnon has one goal, three assists, thirty-two PIM, and is a +10. This is his first career recall to the Utica Comets.

Akira Schmid reassigned to the Utica Comets

In a corresponding move, the Comets announced they have loaned Timur Ibragimov to the Thunder. Ibragamov was acquired by the New Jersey Devils in 2023 in the Timo Meier trade and signed a one-year contract with Utica in July. In twenty-one games for the Comets this season, Ibragimov has four goals, five assists, and no PIM. He last played in the ECHL in the 2022-23 season with the Wichita Thunder.

The New Jersey Devils also reassigned defenseman Topias Vilen to Adirondack from Utica on Sunday. This will be Vilen’s second stint in Adirondack this season. In the two games he appeared in with the Thunder he totalled two assists and two PIM. In twelve games with Utica this season, Vilen has four assists and four PIM.

Vilen was a fifth round draft pick of New Jersey in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft.

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