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The Utica Comets Add Another Defenseman: Sign Brandon Anselmini To One-Year AHL Deal

After loading up their forward ranks and attending to their goaltending depth, the Utica Comets have turned their attention to their defence. The team announced today that they have added Brandon Anselmini to the fold.

Anselmini is a 25-year-old, left-shot defender. The Guelph Ontario native stands five-foot-ten and weighs in at 183lbs. He spent four seasons with Ferris State in the NCAA where he played in 149 contests, picking up 13 goals and 43 helpers along the way to give him 56 points for his NCAA career.

Anselmini has bounced between the ECHL and AHL since the 2015/16 season, playing for a total of five teams during that span. He has played a total of 79 games in the ECHL split between the Orlando Solar Bears, Idaho Steelheads, and most recently, the Indy Fuel, accumulating seven goals and 28 assists, good for 35 points.

In the AHL, the defender has played 17 games, split between the Texas Stars and Rockford IceHogs. During those 17 games, he managed to pick up three assists.

Anselmini is another player that I expect to start with the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL. I really do like the fact that the organization has identified players that they think will work in their system and has gotten them under contract.

Training camp and pre-season will be very competitive from top to bottom this season, which should make for some interesting battles for roster spots. Everyone will have to show up with their best effort because clearly, there will be others ready to pounce on their roster spot.

Stay Tuned.

    • Cory Hergott

      It’s a lengthy list. I won’t go as far as to rank the players in a depth chart, but I can provide a list of players that should be in camp going off of what players are under contract as of this minute…this will change before camp though.
      Forwards:
      Darren Archibald, Carter Bancks, Zack MacEwen, Jonathan Dahlen, Tanner Kero, Reid Boucher, Brendan Gaunce, Adam Gaudette, Michael Carcone, Tyler Motte, Wacey Hamilton, Lukas Jasek, Petrus Palmu, Tanner MacMaster, Kole Lind, Jonah Gadjovich, Cam Darcy, Reid Gardiner, Vincent Arseneau, Brendan Bradley, Yan-Pavel Laplante, and Kyle Thomas.
      Defence:
      Evan McEneny, Jalen Chatfield, Olli Juolevi, Jaime Sifers, Ashton Sautner, Guillaume Brisebois, Jagger Dirk, Dylan Blujus, and Brandon Anselmini.
      Goaltenders:
      Thatcher Demko, Richard Bachman, and Ivan Kulbakov.

  • Cory Hergott

    It’s a lengthy list. I won’t go as far as to rank the players in a depth chart, but I can provide a list of players that should be in camp going off of what players are under contract as of this minute…this will change before camp though.
    Forwards:
    Darren Archibald, Carter Bancks, Zack MacEwen, Jonathan Dahlen, Tanner Kero, Reid Boucher, Brendan Gaunce, Adam Gaudette, Michael Carcone, Tyler Motte, Wacey Hamilton, Lukas Jasek, Petrus Palmu, Tanner MacMaster, Kole Lind, Jonah Gadjovich, Cam Darcy, Reid Gardiner, Vincent Arseneau, Brendan Bradley, Yan-Pavel Laplante, and Kyle Thomas.
    Defence:
    Evan McEneny, Jalen Chatfield, Olli Juolevi, Jaime Sifers, Ashton Sautner, Guillaume Brisebois, Jagger Dirk, Dylan Blujus, and Brandon Anselmini.
    Goaltenders:
    Thatcher Demko, Richard Bachman, and Ivan Kulbakov.

  • TheRealPB

    As usual, great work — love the fact that CA has you looking over the Comets (and possibly ECHL?).

    Quick question – what’s the relationship between the AHL contract and the ECHL? If the list you’ve got here is accurate — and it looks like it is given the logjam at the NHL level for forwards — how many should end up in the ECHL? From this list it would seem some of the more recent signings (do they get paid the same regardless of ECHL or AHL?). I would assume that Darcy, Gardiner, Arseneau, Bradley, Laplante and Thomas are earmarked for the ECHL along with Anselmini and Kulbakov. That still leaves us with potentially 4 extra F at the AHL level though.

    • Cory Hergott

      Sie Morley actually covers the Kalamazoo Wings for CanucksArmy. You can find her over on Twitter at @nowyousieme
      I wish I were better equipped to answer your questions regarding the ECHL/AHL pay etc. I will have to look into that. I do expect the bulk of the more recent signings to start in the ECHL though. The team currently have the following players on AHL deals:
      Forwards:
      Carter Bancks, Wacey Hamilton, Tanner MacMaster, Cam Darcy, Vincent Arseneau, Brendan Bradley, Reid Gardiner, and Kyle Thomas.
      Defencemen: Jaime Sifers, Dylan Blujus, Jagger Dirk, and Brandon Anselmini
      Goaltender: Ivan Kulbakov.
      Out of this group, I expect all except Sifers, Blujus, Bancks, Hamilton, MacMaster and Darcy to start in the ECHL. I think there is a chance that Dirk starts in the ECHL as well, depending on who else ends up starting in Utica.
      I plan to lay out a proper depth chart in the coming weeks, but I want to wait a little longer as I expect another defenceman or two to be signed.

      • TheRealPB

        Thanks so much for this Cory. I forgot that there have been the updates about Kalamazoo. I went and checked on contracts after I wrote to you and on cap friendly at least it lists only some of these as counting towards the Canucks 50 contract limit — Laplante and Carcone in particular. I think you’re right that most of the rest would probably be in the ECHL. I found this, by the way, to help explain the relationship between the salaries https://thesinbin.net/echl-news-you-can-use-rosters-salaries-and-more/
        The big difference at least according to this is that there is a weekly salary cap per team in the ECHL. Now that I see what they make in the ECHL it makes Alex Burrows’ journey to NHL stardom even more impressive.