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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 4:10 pm

Komets sign three forwards

JOURNAL GAZETTE

The Komets continued to fill out their roster Wednesday by signing three forwards, Brett McKenzie, Taylor Ross and Alan Lyszczarczyk.

McKenzie, 22, is coming off a rookie season in which he played 62 ECHL games with Atlanta where he ranked second with 29 assists and third with 45 points while adding 54 penalty minutes. The forward also made his AHL debut appearing in five games with Providence.

McKenzie was selected by Vancouver in Round 7 of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft prior to his third season of juniors with North Bay. During 2016-17 the Ottawa, Ontario, native scored OHL career highs of 29 goals, 38 assists to lead the Battalion with 67 points prior to being named to the 2017 OHL All-Star Team. McKenzie completed his juniors career with 101 goals, 123 assists and 224 points in 328 OHL games.

Ross, 21, will be looking to make his pro debut with Fort Wayne after serving four full seasons in the WHL. Last season the Kronau, Saskatchewan, native ranked second on Lethbridge with 34 goals, fourth with 69 points and led the Hurricanes with a plus-minus of +41 for a career year of juniors. Prior to juniors, Ross won the 2014 SMHL Championship with the Notre Dame Argos midget team before splitting the 2014-15 season with Estevan (SJHL) and Spokane (WHL) in his juniors debut.

Lyszczarczyk (liss-ZARR-chick), 21, completed a four-year juniors career last season, sharing the year with Owen Sound and Mississauga in the OHL. The forward led Mississauga with 35 goals and 71 points in 54 games to finish with OHL totals of 87 goals, 118 assists and 205 points in 251 games. Before his juniors career, Lyszczarczyk skated two complete seasons in the Czech U18 league with Prati Chomutov where he totaled 96 points in 61 games.

The Komets' preseason roster now sits at 11 players including seven forwards, three defensemen and one goaltender.