FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Fort Wayne Komets added more youth and experience to their preseason lineup Thursday; signing a pair of rookie forwards with some American Hockey League and ECHL experience. According to a team press release, the Komets have agreed to terms with Jeff King, Thomas Ebbing, Trent Fox and Mathieu Nadeau.
King, 22, enters his second full season as a pro after splitting last year between the Orlando Solar Bears and Brampton Beast the ECHL, while also making his AHL debut last season with the Toronto Marlies. King scored five goals and 13 points in 57 games between the Solar Bears and the Beast. He’s also spent four years in the Ontario Hockey League with Sarnia, where he finished in 2016-17 with 14 goals and 42 assists.
Ebbing, 23, played four years for Michigan State University before signing a one-year, two-way contract last season with the Montreal Canadians. He played six games for Brampton, tallying four assists and five points, before joining Laval for 45 games in the AHL.
Fox, 21, finished a four-year stint in the OHL with Mississauga, posting 23 assists and 53 points in 60 games last season, helping the Steelheads reach the 2017 OHL finals. He has played a combined 255 OHL games between Mississauga, Erie, Belleville, and Hamilton, scoring a total of 78 goals, 90 assists and 168 points as a forward.
Nadeau, 21, finished up a five-year career with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League last year, after playing for Victoriaville, Val d’Or, and Rimouski. He skated 59 games last season with Rimouski, scoring 25 goals and 48 assists, finishing his QMJHL career with 64 goals, 98 assists and 162 points in 182 games.
The Komets preseason roster now includes 12 forwards, five defensemen and two goalies. The team has been in the process of a major rebuilding effort after losing several stars, including last season’s ECHL Most Valuable Player Shawn Szydlowski, to Europe.