A Canucks prospect is returning home after struggling to get into the Comets lineup on a regular basis.
Petrus Palmu has signed with TPS Turku for the remainder of the season and by all accounts will head back over there very soon:
— HC TPS (@HCTPS) December 13, 2018
Palmu appeared in twelve regular season games for the Utica Comets, registering one lone assist in that time.
The diminutive winger played for TPS last season, posting seventeen goals and nineteen assists in 59 games en route to winning Rookie of the Year.
It is unfortunate that Palmu was unable to find a regular spot in the Comets lineup as he looked ready to make an impact in the AHL after such a successful year in Liiga last season, but the management staff felt that he needed to work on some things to adjust his game to professional hockey in North America. At the very least, the move back to Finland will allow him to get some regular playing time and ideally with 2019 top prospect Kaapo Kakko.
At the very least, it opens up a spot with the Comets to allow another prospect to play more regularly, unfortunately, it’s at the cost of Palmu leaving to Finland for the season.
Palmu is in the first year of his entry-level contract and I would expect he will be back with the Comets for next season.