The Fort Wayne Komets dove right into the summer signing announcement season Wednesday, with the announcement of seven player signings.
Three of the seven signings are players who were on last year’s playoff squad that made it to game 7 of the North Division Finals against the Toledo Walleye. Those coming back include forwards Kyle Thomas and Brett Perlini, as well as rugged defenseman Cody Sol.
Last year, Thomas split time between the Quad City Mallards, Columbus Cottonmouths and Fort Wayne Komets. He appeared signed with the Komets in late January and put up 7 points in 23 games.
Perlini was also an in-season acquisition for the Komets during last season, coming to the team via a trade with Indy in November. In 57 games with the team, he put up 31 points. In Indy, he put up 5 points in 12 games.
Sol played in every game last season on the Komets blueline, racking up 18 points, along with 154 PIM.
The biggest name announced of the seven is the signing of former ECHL scoring champion Peter Sivak, who will fill the role of scorer, occupied by Matthew Pistilli last season. Pistilli left the ECHL to play in Denmark. Last season, Sivak split time between the Stockton Thunder and Orlando Solar Bears, while scoring 15 goals, 31 assists (46 points.) The 2014-15 points total is lowest for Sivak since coming to America to play professionally in 2012-13.
Austin Levi will be starting his third pro year after spending the last two seasons in the ECHL sharing stints with Florida and Stockton. Levi began last season with Florida before joining Stockton for 43 games. The defenseman also added 15 games to his AHL totals with Charlotte.
Alex Grieve made his pro debut last year appearing in three games at the end of the season with the Quad City Mallards after completing his fourth year at Bentley University. He began his collegiate career in 2011-12 leading freshmen with 34 points and earning the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Year award. He was also named to the AHA All-Rookie Team. Grieve finished with college totals of 55 goals, 73 assists, 128 points in 139 career games.
Josh Ranalli is coming off a four-year NCAA-III career with Adrian College. The forward led finished by leading the Bulldogs with 28 assists while ranking second with a career high of 45 points in 31 games. Ranalli logged college totals of 63 goals, 66 assists and 129 points in 112 games.
The Komets now have nine signings announced for their preseason roster. Dean Ouellet and Connor Kucera were previously announced by the team.