The Utica Comets continue to stockpile forward depth during this offseason.

On Thursday, that meant the Comets adding Reid Gardiner on a one-year American Hockey League contract.

The move gives the Comets another option up front and follows a season in which Utica was forced to use a slew of players on professional tryout contracts as the team worked through injury woes and call-ups.

The undrafted 22-year-old Gardiner, listed at 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds, is a righthanded right wing. Gardiner is from Humboldt, Saskatchewan, which is the town affected by the tragic traffic accident involving the junior hockey team.

Gardiner split time between the ECHL and AHL during his first full pro season in 2017-18. In 58 games with ECHL Wheeling, he totaled 30 goals and 57 points and was named to the league's All-Rookie Team in April. In 33 AHL games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton over the last two seasons, he has four goals and five assists.

Gardiner was also a teammate of Kole Lind — the Comets forward last season and touted Vancouver Canucks prospect — while playing for Kelowna in juniors in 2016-17.

Gardiner is the 10th player to be signed to an AHL contract with the Comets this offseason. He joins veterans Carter Bancks, Wacey Hamilton and Jaime Sifers as well as Cam Darcy, Tanner MacMaster, Vincent Arseneau and Brendan Bradley and defensemen Dylan Blujus and Jagger Dirk on AHL deals.

With others signed to NHL contracts, there's a logjam at forward in the organization. The group includes Darren Archibald, Reid Boucher — Utica's leading scorer last season — and recently obtained Tanner Kero as well as prospects such as Lind, Jonathan Dahlen, Jonah Gadjovich and Adam Gaudette, who will make for some tough decisions for Vancouver officials.