When the comets play the syracuse crunch tomorrow night at the aud - it'll be the latest chance for the fans here in utica to see an established n-h-l players first-hand.
Antoine roussel hit the ice with the comets today to begin his conditioning assignment as he recovers from an a-c-l tear in his right knee he suffered in march.
A seven-year plus n-h-l veteran - the french native is in his second season with the vancouver canucks after spending his first six with the dallas stars.
In 478 career games - he's notched 172 points.
He's also no stranger to the a-h-l - playing parts of three seasons there before making the jump.
After sitting out for eight months - roussel said today that he's excited to be on the ice in utica - and looking forward to the final stage for his return.
Antoine roussel: that was fun i got to good practices here, fast pace, exactly what i needed to get back in shape and i'm excited about tomorrow's game and can't wait to go out there and play a great game.
I just try to get some rhythm back in my game basically, i haven't been playing in a long time it's been over eight months since i played so it's quite a bit of time and i've seen everybody scoring goals already and we're getting to christmas and usually that's at work a half point of the season pretty much so i'm hungry to get back out there.
Trent cull: it's a win-win for us the fans you get to see some nhl days you get the chance to see his energy and how hard he works.
It's great for our younger guys to be around that to see that because here's a guy who's played in the american hockey league for a few years and he knows how it is but his work ethic is above and beyond and that's one of those things but certainly pushes him to the nhl.
Roussel said the knee feels top shape and ready to go.
He and the comets host the crunch tomorrow at seven