The Utica Comets got a top offensive player back on the roster.
On Saturday, talented forward Nikolay Goldobin was reassigned to the Comets from the Vancouver Canucks. However, the 22-year-old Goldobin was not expected to be an option for the Comets in Saturday night's matchup against the Binghamton Devils. The Comets also play at 1 p.m. Saturday in Rochester.
Goldobin had been with the Canucks since late November as the NHL team worked through injury troubles, including with Brandon Sutter and Bo Horvat. With Sutter expected to return Sunday for Vancouver against Minnesota and the Canucks headed on a bye week, Goldobin was sent to the Comets. Forward Michael Chaput remains with Vancouver. Because he spent more than 30 days with the Canucks this season, Chaput will need to clear waivers in order to be assigned to the Comets.
Goldobin played in 14 games with the Canucks, totaling a pair of goals and assists. He played 6:32 for the Canucks on Friday against Columbus.
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Goldobin has been a key player for the Comets in 18 games this season, playing big minutes on the team's top line as well as being part of special teams. The Comets have been dealing with a plethora of injuries -- they had 10 players miss Friday's game for various reasons. So, Goldobin will be a boost fpr the Comets when he returns to the lineup.
His 19 points (seven goals, 12 assists) rank second for the Comets, who are coming off a 3-2 loss to Syracuse on Friday in Utica.