One in, One out for Blaze
Genting Casino Coventry Blaze Head Coach Danny Stewart has confirmed a change to his 2016/17 Elite League roster.
Incoming is 25-year-old centreman, Taylor Carnevale, whilst Darcy Zajac who has posted 3 goals, 1 assist in 12 games departs.
Carnevale, a native of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada spent last season in Germany's DEL2 where he had a standout year with EC Kassel Huskies, posting 45 points (15 goals, 30 assists) in 34 games to help the club lift the DEL2 Championship.
Prior to that, the 2014/15 season saw the 5'11" right shooter net 16 points (10 goals, 6 assists) in just 13 appearances with Italy's Asiago, earning a contract with HC Bolzano of the EBEL mid-season, the top league in Austria.
Carnevale's first full professional season took place in 2013/14, icing for DEL2's EC Bad Nauheim where he quickly established himself as an offensive force racking up 51 points (19 goals, 32 assists) in 45 games.
In junior, the new Blaze forward was an OHL standout with five different teams through 2007-12. Amassing 240 points (98 goals, 142 assists) over 326 regular season and playoff games, Carnevale also spent time in the QMJHL before trials with the NHL's LA Kings and AHL's Worcester Sharks, finally landing in the ECHL with Utah Grizzlies to begin his pro career (2012/13).
Carnevale is set to make his debut as Blaze travel to Belfast for a double-header on Friday and Saturday before returning home to face the Cardiff Devils in a Challenge Cup encounter on Sunday at the Skydome Arena (5.15pm).
Head Coach Danny Stewart said of his new recruit:
"Taylor will bring us some creativity up the middle. He can score goals and distribute as well. He will bring some much needed poise on the puck, something we are maybe lacking right now."
On the departing Darcy Zajac, Stewart concluded:
"We thank Darcy, he was a true professional and teammate during his time here and wish him the best."