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Comets Add Forward Brian Ward on PTO

For the second time in as many days, the Utica Comets have gone PTO shopping. After signing defenseman Joe Faust to a PTO yesterday, The Comets inked forward Brian Ward to a PTO today. When a player is signed to a PTO, (Professional Try-Out) they have up to 25 games to make an impression on a team and earn a regular contract. Most recently, Brendan Woods did just that with Utica. Woods signed a PTO at the beginning of the season and has since earned an AHL deal with Utica. Cam Darcy is also with Utica on a PTO. Darcy has nine games remaining on his PTO with Utica.

Ward is a 6’1″, 202lbs undrafted forward. The 25-year-old has spent the last two seasons bouncing between the AHL Charlotte Checkers and Albany Devils, and the ECHL Adirondack Thunder. In 17 games for the Thunder this season, Ward has picked up five goals and six helpers for 11 points to go along with 23 penalty minutes. In 2016/17 he put up 49 points in 49 games with the Thunder.

With Anton Rodin and the Canucks cutting ties yesterday, along with the injuries mounting throughout the lineup, adding another forward comes as no surprise. Rodin has since signed a deal with Davos.

With 11 points in nine games in Kalamazoo, I thought that maybe Danny Moynihan might get a look with Utica ahead of another PTO forward. Maybe next time.

The Comets are back in action tonight with the league-leading Toronto Marlies in town for a 4:00 pm Pacific start. Canucks Army will have your post-game report following today’s game.

  • Killer Marmot

    I recommend you define PTO (Professional Tryout) at the start of this article. Bonus points for a short description of it.

    Always try to accommodate even those who don’t read hockey blogs all day long when they’re supposed to be working.

  • Canuck4Life20

    And here I thought that Utica was overloaded with veterans due to Benning’s mismanagement. I guess it must have been dumb luck for him to anticipate that injuries would take place.

    • TheRealRusty

      I think you are missing the point… all this proves is that AHL depth is easy to find. If that is the case then why load up and flirt with the 6 veteran limit if the purpose of your farm team is to develop your prospects. Does them no good if they have to be a healthy scratch (eg. Rodin) and AHL players who have zero chance of every suiting up for your NHL club gets playing time over them?

      • Whackanuck

        It’s true one can have too many vets but AHL teams win with good veterans whose experience makes the team better. The Canucks have always tried to ice a winning team to set an example for prospects. Not many real prospectson the Comets are lacking ice time; e.g Goldy, Boucher, Brisebois.MacEneny, Chatfield. What prospects, real prospects aren’t getting enough ice time?