Tailing the Komets: New player assigned

The Tucson Roadrunners have assigned forward Zac Larraza to Fort Wayne on a loan. He’s a 24-year old forward who has one goal in three games for Tucson so far this season after scoring seven goals and 16 points in 15 games last year in the ECHL with Utah. He has played 44 games in the AHL with nine goals and 18 points. He has 27 goals and 46 points in 54 ECHL career games.

The Roadrunners finish a four-game road trip on Wednesday in Grand Rapids. They had 15 forwards on the roster before making this move.

A 7th-round pick by Arizona (then Phoenix) in the 2011 draft, Larraza is 6-foot-2, 200 pounds so he adds some needed size on the Komets’ front line. He’s also known as being responsible on the defensive end of the ice.

The most games he’s played in one spot so far is 39 during his rookie season with Manchester two years ago when he bounced all over the place, playing with three AHL teams. Last year he played 17 games in the AHL and 15 in the ECHL. This is another guy who has never gotten a chance to stick anywhere and show what he can do for any consistent time. Marco-Olivier Roy and Zach Culkin are kind of in the same spot.

This gives the Komets 21 players on the roster. They currently have 18 active with Mason Baptista and Ryan Lowney on reserve.

ECHL teams can carry a maximum of 20 Players on the active roster, no more than 18 of whom may be skaters, at any one time. For the first 30 days of the regular season, teams can carry a maximum of 21 Players on the active roster, no more than 19 of whom may be skaters, at any one time.

Teams are permitted to carry up to two (2) Players at a time on the Reserve List, while an unlimited number of players can be placed on the 21-day Injured Reserve.

So they’ve actually been three under the maximum active roster so far, and they have two reserve spots. That could be because of salary cap considerations.


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