By Carter Brooks
Photo by James Carey Lauder
Eric Comrie's time in Winnipeg has come to a close.
On Tuesday morning it was announced that the Arizona Coyotes had claimed the 24-year-old Comrie off of Waivers. Despite having been drafted by Winnipeg 59th overall in the second round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, the Edmonton, AB. native never quite found his way into a permanent place on the Jets roster.
An exceptional four-year Western Hockey League career with the Tri-City Americans led to an early NHL draft selection, where Comrie impressed many with his poise and net coverage, considering his size (6-foot-1, 180-pounds). In line to take over duties following the retirement of former Jet Ondrej Pavelec, 2012 fifth round pick Connor Hellebuyck forced the hand of GM Kevin Cheveldayoff, ultimately earning the right of passage to the Jets' crease in 2016.
Although called upon at various times throughout the past three NHL seasons, Comrie has only started five games for Winnipeg, in which he has two victories to his name. His career 4.20 goals against average and .870 save percentage is based upon a very small sample size (2-3-0).
In four seasons with the American Hockey League's Manitoba Moose, the former Los Angeles Selects bantam star has a 75-84-14 record with eight shutouts, a .910 save percentage and a sub-3.00 goals against average. Comrie has had a winning record in each of his past two AHL seasons, going 25-20-2 in 2018-19, with a .917 save percentage and a 2.69 goals against average.
In early September, Comrie signed a two-year deal, in which he will make $700K if spending the season with Arizona at the NHL level. If he plays the coming year in the minors, Comrie will make $200K. In 2020-21, Comrie's deal will shift to a one-year style contract, in which he will make $700K, regardless of where he plays out the season. Despite riding a two-way contract, the Jets were required to place Comrie on Waivers for the purpose of a preseason minors assignment.
It was also announced on Tuesday that Winnipeg had claimed defenceman Carl Dahlstrom off Waivers from the Chicago Blackhawks. Dahlstrom, 24, spent the past two seasons between the Blackhawks and Rockford IceHogs. The 6-foot-4, 235-pound blueliner has nine assists and six penalty minutes in 49 NHL games.