The Utica Comets secured a crucial 4-1 victory against the Bridgeport Islanders in a game where their defense shone by limiting shots on goal and goals against. The New Jersey Devils are eyeing their AHL team, the Comets, for defensive prospects to bolster their struggling defense and compete for championships in the future.

By the Numbers
  • Islanders average 2.19 goals per game, while Comets held them to 1 goal in the recent match.
  • Misyul, in his first AHL season, has 4 goals and 9 assists in 38 games.
Yes, But

The Devils traded away top defense prospects in the deal for forward Timo Meier, potentially weakening their blue line.

State of Play
  • Devils have a mix of veteran and young defensemen, but injuries have exposed their defensive depth.
  • Hatakka, Misyul, and Vilen, among other prospects, are seen as the future backbone of the Devils' defense.
What's Next

The Devils will rely on young defense prospects like Hatakka, Misyul, and Vilen to step up and fortify their blue line in the upcoming seasons, aiming to address the defensive gaps on the team.

Bottom Line

As the Devils navigate a challenging season, their future competitiveness hinges on the development and integration of promising defensive prospects from the Comets, offering hope for a stronger defensive core in the seasons ahead.