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Tailing the Komets

Komets add scoring with Pistilli

From a Komets press release: 

The Komets announced Monday that veteran forward Matthew Pistilli has agreed to terms and has been added to thepreseason roster.

Pistilli (pis-TILL-ee), 25, completed his fifth pro year last season sharing time with Charlotte and Bridgeport in the AHL while also appearing in 31 ECHL games with Florida (17g, 40pts).  "Matthew Pistilli is a player we were able to sign at this late date," Komets general manager David Franke said.  "He is an offensive power-forward type who puts points up wherever he has played and will be an exciting player for our fans to watch.  I'm happy that Matthew chose Fort Wayne as the next opportunity in his career."

The Montreal, Quebec native was a major juniors standout winning the 2008 QMJHL Championship with Gatineau.  In 2008-09 Pistilli completed his fourth full year in the QMJHL leading Shawinigan with 5 goals and ranked seventh in the league with 86 points.  The skater helped Shawinigan to the finals with 13 goals and 20 points in 21 playoff games and received the league's Humanitarian of the Year Award.

Pistilli signed a three-year entry level contract with the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes as an undrafted free agent in 2009 and began his pro career skating 11 games with Florida in the ECHL while making his AHL debut with Albany posting five goals and 41 points during 2009-10.

Pistilli split 2010-11 with Florida (27 games) and the AHL's Charlotte Checkers (50 games) before logging 73 AHL games with Charlotte in 2011-12.  

Prior to last season, Pistilli set pro career highs of 25 goals, 49 assists and 74 points (5th in the ECHL) in 74 total games with South Carolina and Florida.  He also appeared in three AHL games with Charlotte.


Mon, 09/08/2014 - 3:35pm

I feel this may be the best team I have seen the komets put together and just to think there are still people to be sent from the affiliate. This team is scary good with younger talent that will try to emerge. Faille is going to have a shot for rookie of the year the kid could flat out score in college. The addition of the last five guys the three vets Tam and if Severyn signs is incredible. This teams defense I feel is stronger than most of us fans think, watch some youtube vids on some of these unknown players and you will be surprised. Overall well done to the Frankes and Coach Graham. Also glad Shaf is back to help these scorers learn how to score more. SO ready for this season!

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 3:47pm

At least on paper this team looks a lot more well rounded then in past years. I really like the mix of skill, toughness, veterans and youth!

I am really excited for the season to start!!! 

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 8:18pm

As excited and optimistic as I am about the signings and the season, I am really trying to keep my expectations realistic this year. This group has big potential..size..toughness, I also think Graham is well aware that he needs to show he learned from his big mistakes last season. He will do whatever it takes to gain the teams respect from day one...and utilize the talent he's got. Hopefully!

So things are looking really good..players with size, talent and toughness, an affiliation, an asst coach from day one, and a coach who has even more to prove than last year...sounds like a season with huge potential. Just trying to keep in mind that great teams on paper don't mean anything if they don't come together on the ice.


Tue, 09/09/2014 - 5:52am

whats obvious is a number of good players are going to get cut trying to make this team.