The comets of Utica are at the dawn of history. The club have won 10 straight games and could open the season with a team record 11 straight wins with a win Wednesday night in Rochester.
One of the players who brought the Comets to this point is the attacker Fabien Zetterlund, who has three goals, nine points and a plus-7 in 10 games. However, instead of traveling to Rochester for the potentially record-breaking game, he drove to New Jersey.
Zetterlund, a third round pick (63e overall) in the 2017 NHL Draft, was recalled in the National Hockey League, thus missing the chance to do some history. It doesn’t bother him.
“No, I’m just happy to be here,” he said after practice on Wednesday. “I didn’t really think about it.”
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The Devils will be in Florida over the next few days to face the Panthers on Thursday and two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Lightning from Tampa Bay on Saturday. And Zetterlund is expected to make his NHL debut at some point during the trip.
“The reason you are raising someone is that you plan to put them on the roster,” said head coach Lindy Ruff. “The way it looks now, it probably should happen. “
Zetterlund, who enjoyed dinner on Tuesday night with some of the Swedish Devils’ players, adds an element to the Devils that fits their style of play well. And his style will suit the role the team envision playing it perfectly.
“The only thing I noticed before I even sent him (to training camp) was how fast and hard he was playing,” Ruff said. “He’s playing a game that the opponent has trouble playing against. He uses his skate. He’s strong on his skates. He can reach the net. He can really intimidate his way to the net.
“He realizes that’s the type of game he has to play to have a chance at playing. He played that role well there. It fits what we need here.”
Zetterlund, 22, skated on a line with Michael mcleod, Jimmy vesey and Mason geertsen (players turning across). If it holds, it would be part of the fourth row.
“I want to bring my physique, my speed,” Zetterlund said. “Bring the puck to the net every shift. Play hard every shift. Just be a versatile player.
“I go for it and play the best I can.”