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Friday, October 13, 2017 1:00 am

Komets 2017-2018 roster

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

Mason Baptista

Position: Center

Height: 6 feet

Weight: 200 pounds

Shoots: Left

Quick hits: Won two college national championships at St. Norbert. ... Totaled 16 goals and 30 points in 56 games with Komets last season, after they had traded for and then waived him in 2015-16. ... Not only able to score – he had a hat trick two seasons ago – he's an agitator and good on faceoffs.

Garrett Bartus

Position: Goalie

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 190 pounds

Catches: Left

Quick hits: Was MVP of the Southern Professional Hockey League in 2016. ... Was brought in by Komets for the second time last season, after Pat Nagle suffered an injury, and went on to be one of league's best netminders with a 21-7-1 record, 2.68 GAA and four shutouts. ... Played only one of Komets' 10 playoff games.

Jason Binkley

Position: Defenseman

Height: 5-foot-10

Weight: 195 pounds

Shoots: Right

Quick hits: Was a standout college player at Ferris State. ... Totaled seven goals and 44 points in 67 regular-season games last season with Komets. ... Will be one of the quarterbacks on the power play.

Taylor Crunk

Position: Left wing

Height: 6 feet

Weight: 215 pounds

Shoots: Left

Quick hits: Known as much for his toughness as anything, totaled 120 penalty minutes in 42 games last season. ... This is his third season with the Komets, after accruing two goals and nine points in 51 games. ... Expected to get more ice time after gaining experience last season.

Ralph Cuddemi

Position: Forward

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 182 pounds

Shoots: Right

Quick hits: Was acquired from the Utah Grizzlies as compensation for departed star Kyle Thomas. ... Had 27 goals and 52 points in 64 games last season. ... Was a star collegiate player for Canisius, totaling 44 goals in 76 games his last two seasons. ... Expected to be one of Komets' leading scorers.

Ryan Culkin

Position: Defenseman

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 201 pounds

Shoots: Left

Quick hits: Has spent most of his professional career in the American Hockey League, where he was scoreless in 19 games last season with Stockton. ... Also played in the ECHL last season for Adirondack, totaling one goal and 12 points in 16 games. ... Was a productive offensive defenseman in juniors for Quebec, totaling 45 points in 2012-13.

Gabriel Desjardins

Position: Left wing

Height: 6 feet

Weight: 212 pounds

Shoots: Left

Quick hits: Had a breakout season with the Komets, garnering 20 goals and 46 points in 64 regular-season games, adding five goals and six points in 10 playoff games. ... Was selected Fort Wayne's Most Improved Player. ... Will shoulder a bigger role this season in the offensive zone.

Tyson Fawcett

Position: Center

Height: 5-foot-7

Weight: 165 pounds

Shoots: Right

Quick hits: Was always a noticeable player for Fort Wayne rivals such as Evansville, so coach Gary Graham jumped at the chance to sign him. ... Last season, he had five goals and 19 points in 49 games for Elmira and Tulsa. ... Also skated two games in the AHL for Rochester.

Justin Hodgman

Position: Center

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 202 pounds

Shoots: Right

Quick hits: Played for the Komets in three previous stints, joining them late in the season in 2008, 2009 and 2010, and winning championships all three seasons. ... Was Playoff MVP in 2008 in International Hockey League. ... Played five NHL games with Arizona Coyotes in 2014 and scored in his first game, on Roberto Luongo of the Florida Panthers. ... Has played in Russia, Sweden, Czech Republic and Finland.

Michael Houser

Position: Goalie

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 192 pounds

Catches: Left

Quick hits: Played last season for Cincinnati of the ECHL, going 22-14-3 with a 2.58 GAA and two shutouts. ... Also played one game with Cleveland of the AHL. ... Comes to Komets through the affiliation with the Arizona Coyotes. ... Was an all-rookie player in the Ontario Hockey League in 2010 and was the OHL's Most Outstanding Player and Goaltender of the Year in 2012, leading London to the championship.

Dennis Kravchenko

Position: Center

Height: 5-foot-9

Weight: 180 pounds

Shoots: Left

Quick hits: Totaled 18 goals and 43 points in 41 games last season with Adirondack. ... Had four goals in six playoff games. ... This is his second season out of UMass-Amherst. ... Was captain of Team USA at the World Junior A Championships in 2013, winning a gold medal.

Curtis Leonard

Position: Defenseman

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 202 pounds

Shoots: Left

Quick hits: Was in training camp with Chicago of the AHL and made the Wolves' opening night roster before being returned to Fort Wayne this week. ... Played 65 games last season with Fort Wayne and had four goals, 17 points and 47 penalty minutes. ... Spent 2015-16 with Fort Wayne, Reading and Evansville. ... Played college hockey for R.P.I. and was the captain in 2014-15 and an ECAC all-academic selection 2011-13.

Ryan Lowney

Position: Defenseman

Height: 5-foot-9

Weight: 172 pounds

Shoots: Left

Quick hits: As a rookie out of Ferris State, he totaled one goal and six points in 14 games, then added four assists in eight playoff games for the Komets last season. ... He's expected to be a contributor at both ends of the ice this season. ... Helped Ferris State to a WCHA tournament championship.

Daniel Maggio

Position: Defenseman

Height 6-foot-3

Weight: 210 pounds

Shoots: Right

Quick hits: A sixth-round draft pick of the New York Rangers in 2009, he played for the Komets from 2011 to 2013 and helped them to a championship in the CHL. ... Has spent most of his career in the AHL with Bridgeport, Cleveland, San Antonio and Toronto. ... Played last season for Orlando of the ECHL and totaled three goals, nine points and 77 penalty minutes in 33 games.

Mitch Nylen

Position: Defenseman

Height: 5-foot-10

Weight: 185 pounds

Shoots: Left

Quick hits: Was a standout player at Sacred Heart University, totaling five goals and 19 points in 37 games last season, and made the conference's all-rookie team in 2014. ... Hails from Lawrenceville, Georgia.

Marc-Olivier Roy

Position: Center

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 182 pounds

Shoots: Left

Quick hits: Coming off a season in which he played 23 AHL games with Utica and had one goal and six points. ... Was a second-round draft pick of the Edmonton Oilers in 2013. ... Was an all-star in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 2013-14, totaling 14 goal and 35 points in 39 games with Blainville-Boisbriand. ... Was in AHL training camp this year with Toronto.

Jamie Schaafsma

Position: Center

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 200 pounds

Shoots: Left

Quick hits: Captain of the Komets. ... A player/assistant coach. ... Coming off one of his best statistical seasons with 17 goals and 62 points in 53 games. ... Captained Allen to the ECHL championship in 2015, then joined the Komets. ... Helped Allen to three straight championships in CHL and ECHL. ... Faced Fort Wayne in IHL finals in 2010 before playing overseas.

Bobby Shea

Position: Defenseman

Height: 5-foot-11

Weight: 195 pounds

Shoots: Right

Quick hits: Was limited to 23 games last season, his first with the Komets, because of injuries and a call-up to Rochester of the AHL. ... Known as much for his toughness and his scoring as his defense, he totaled three goals, 15 points and 55 penalty minutes last season, then added an assist in three playoff games. ... In 2015-16, had five goals, 29 points and 180 penalty minutes in 64 games with South Carolina. ... Helped Reading to the 2013 ECHL title as a rookie.

Cody Sol

Position: Defenseman

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 242 pounds

Shoots: Left

Quick hits: Coming off his best professional season, in which he had seven goals, 24 points and 162 penalty minutes for Komets. ... Was selected Fort Wayne's Defenseman of the Year. ... Was second in ECHL penalty minutes in 2015-16 with 259 and also won the Komets' community service award. ... While he's the Komets' enforcer, he's also expected to help out offensively with one of the hardest shots in the league.

Shawn Szydlowski

Position: Right wing

Height: 6 feet

Weight: 208 pounds

Shoots: Right

Quick hits: A two-time winner of the Komets' MVP award, and a past winner of the Best Defensive Forward award, Szydlowski is a crucial player all over the ice. ... Last season, totaled 25 goals and 66 points in 50 games. ... This is his fifth season with Komets. He has 119 goals in 277 games with Fort Wayne. ... Has played for Binghamton, Cleveland and Norfolk of the AHL over the last three seasons.

Garrett Thompson

Position: Left wing

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 206 pounds

Shoots: Left

Quick hits: Entering his third season with the Komets, the power forward had 20 goals and 46 points in 65 games last season. ... In 26 playoff games, has 11 goals and 17 points for Fort Wayne. ... Played at Ferris State University, totaling 16 goals and 32 points in 43 games as a senior in 2013-14. ... Has played 106 games in the AHL with Binghamton and San Antonio.

Gary Graham

Coach

Seasons: Five with K's

K's record: 169-84-35

Playoff record: 27-22

Quick hits: A native of Fort Wayne, was an assistant coach to Al Sims with the Komets from 2009 to 2012, helping them to three championships in the IHL and CHL. ... First head-coaching job, with SPHL's Pensacola Ice Flyers, resulted in a championship in 2013. ... Was hired to replace Sims that season and has made the playoffs every year. ... Was 45-19-8 last season, for the fourth-best regular-season record in the ECHL, and led Fort Wayne to a first-round victory over Quad City before the loss to Toledo. ... Didn't play beyond the junior level in own career. ... Had helped develop players like Roman Will and Spencer Martin, who made it to the NHL, Alex Belzile, Troy Bourke and Trevor Cheek.

Ben Boudreau

Assistant coach

Seasons: 1st with K's

Quick hits: Son of Bruce Boudreau, coach of the NHL's Minnesota Wild and a former player and coach with the Komets in the IHL. ... This is his third season as an assistant coach, after spending 2014-15 with Bakersfield and last two seasons with Norfolk. ... Played against the Komets with the Flint Generals, facing them in the 2010 finals in the IHL when he was a teammate of Jamie Schaafsma. ... Komets' first full-time assistant since Konstantin Shafranov left in 2016.

Note: Roster as of Wednesday morning