Fort Wayne, IN ---The Komets announced Tuesday that defenseman Gabe Guentzel has been recalled by AHL affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals. In addition, the Admirals have loaned two forwards to the Komets including Luca Caputi and Garrett Klotz. Fort Wayne’s NHL affiliate, the Anaheim Ducks, have reassigned forward Ryan Lasch to the Komets from the Admirals.
Guentzel appeared in three games with the Komets last week, scoring his first pro goal and adding three assists for a four-point visit with Fort Wayne.
Caputi, 24, has five assists and six points in 10 games this season with Norfolk. The left winger split time last season with Toronto and Syracuse totaling 12 goals and 25 points in 60 AHL games. The fifth-year pro has skated stints with Norfolk, Syracuse, Toronto and Ontario for totals of 55 goals and 128 points in 203 career AHL games. Caputi has also appeared in 35 career NHL games between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Pittsburgh Penguins scoring three goals and nine points. Caputi was signed to an AHL Standard Player’s Contract by Norfolk Sept. 21. He was Pittsburgh’s fourth-round choice in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
Klotz, who turns 24 today, has appeared in two games with Norfolk this season registering two penalty minutes. The left wing skated 33 games with Adirondack last season scoring two goals and four points while accumulating 26 penalty minutes. Klotz set career highs while a member of the Bloomington PrairieThunder in 2010-11 scoring nine goals, 15 assists, 24 points and 129 penalty minutes in 49 CHL games. Besides Norfolk, the fifth-year pro has also appeared with Adirondack and Philadelphia scoring AHL totals of four goals and 11 points and 191 penalty minutes.
Lasch, 25, was signed by Anaheim to an NHL contract on May 31, 2012 and loaned to Norfolk in September. The Lake Forest, California native made his North American pro debut with the Admirals Oct. 12 following two seasons of pro hockey in Europe and posted a goal and four points in 11 Norfolk games to date. Last season the center won the Finnish Elite League (SM-Liiga) scoring title while playing alongside former Komet Justin Hodgman. In 59 games with Lahti, Lasch scored 24 goals and 62 points during the 2011-12 regular season before leading all players in post season scoring with five goals and 16 points in 17 playoff games.
In additional player moves, the Komets announced that defenseman Ryan Hegarty is being removed from the injured reserve list and is expected to be in the lineup when the Komets skate at Gwinnett Wednesday. Also, forward Eric Giosa has been placed on the 21-day injured reserve list. Forward Mike Hoban and defenseman Colten Hayes have been placed on waivers.
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