Komets coach Gary Graham and general manager David Franke had coveted forward Greg Wolfe for some time, because of his success at the collegiate level and his leadership abilities, and weeks of phone calls paid off Monday with the signing of the 24-year-old forward.
A native of Canton, Michigan, Wolfe had 13 goals and 31 points in 36 games last season for Michigan State. He also played 10 games in the ECHL with the Reading Royals – including three playoff games against the Komets – and tallied three goals.
I think he’s going to be a player that’s going to contribute a lot to the hockey club, said Franke, whose roster has grown to 13 players.
He was a two-year captain at Michigan State and had very good offensive numbers. He’s a hard-working kid. He’s got skill to his game. He’s good defensively. I think he’ll be a guy for us who will open up some eyes and really be a contributor to the team.
Wolfe was a two-time academic all-conference selection and named the Spartans’ Outstanding Senior and Outstanding Offensive Player.
The Komets, who reached the Eastern Conference semifinals last season, also have on the roster: forwards Brett Beebe, Mike Embach, Angelo Esposito, Thomas Frazee, Alex Hudson, Christian Ouellet, Kaleigh Schrock and Shawn Szydlowski; defensemen Drew Daniels, Williams Lacasse and Matthew Maione; and goaltender Pat Nagle.
I think we’re still short a couple more forwards with offensive (abilities) and we’re paying special attention to that this week, as well as working a lot more on the defensive end. We’ve only got three guys signed on defense, Franke said.
But the (new affiliation) with Colorado (of the NHL) and Lake Erie (of the American Hockey League) is starting to take better shape. They are working on some players for us and some of the holes we have right now will be filled with some of their players coming to Fort Wayne when AHL training camp is over.