The Vancouver Canucks’ good October has been eclipsed by the Utica Comets’ fabulous month. Of course, the Canucks are a bit of a surprise. The Comets are not.
With a home game Wednesday against the Binghamton Devils, the Canucks’ American Hockey League farm team is off to 7-0-0 start. They are first in the league in scoring, second in goals-against, and a 2-1 shootout road win Saturday against the Hershey Bears ended a four-game run in which the Comets outscored their opposition 26-6 and never won by fewer than four goals.
When NHL players Sven Baertschi and Nikolay Goldobin cleared waivers at the end of September after losing their spots on the Canucks, it was clear that Utica would have a pretty good team. Fortunately for the Canucks, the Comets include several good prospects, too.
Drafted: Fifth overall in 2016
Team: Utica Comets, AHL
GP: 7 | G: 0 | A: 4 | Pts: 4
The fifth pick of the 2016 entry draft, Juolevi has had an impressive start after missing most of last season with a knee injury that required reconstructive surgery in December and prevented him from fully competing at the Canucks’ training camp.