Komets Add Russian Goaltender

By Dean Pantazi - 21 Alive

Komets Add Russian Goaltender

October 31, 2013 Updated Oct 31, 2013 at 9:00 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21 Alive) - The Komets announced Thursday that goaltender Andrey Makarov has been assigned to Fort Wayne by the NHL's Buffalo Sabres through their AHL affiliate Rochester.

Makarov, 20, is expected to make his pro debut this weekend when the Komets skate three games in three nights at Las Vegas Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The Kazan, Russia native signed a three-year entry-level contract as an undrafted free agent with Buffalo Sept. 14, 2012. The netminder completed two years of juniors play with Saskatoon of the WHL last season posting a juniors career best record of 37-17-5, 2.62 goals-against average and .919 save percentage while appearing in 61 of Saskatoon's 72 games.

Makarov was named the team's MVP for the second straight year before appearing in four Memorial Cup games for host Saskatoon earning the Hap Emms Memorial Trophy as the tournament's most outstanding goaltender.

The Komets also announced Thursday that goaltender Max Strang was placed on waivers and will be joining the Bloomington Thunder of the SPHL.

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