Fort Wayne, Ind. – The Fort Wayne Komets announced the addition of two forwards for the 2017-18 season. Gabriel Desjardins has re-signed and Dennis Kravchenko has agreed to terms for the upcoming campaign.
Desjardins, 24, will be returning for his second year in the Fort Wayne lineup. He made his pro debut in 2013-14 skating nine AHL games with Lake Erie. He added 12 AHL games with Charlotte in 2014-15 while also debuting in the ECHL by scoring 17 points (8g-9a) in 29 games with Florida. Prior to joining the Komets last season, Desjardins logged 70 ECHL games with Florida in 2015-16.
Desjardins enters his fifth pro year after scoring career highs of 20 goals, 26 assists and 46 points in 64 games with the Komets last season and earning Fort Wayne’s Most Improved Player award the year.
Kravchenko, 23, made his pro debut last season scoring 43 points (18g-25a) in 41 games with the Adirondack Thunder. He led the Thunder in the playoffs with four goals and five points in six games.
The Laguna Niguel, Calif. native logged four years of juniors from 2011-14. In 2012-13, Kravchenko led the Sioux Falls Stampede with 41 assists and 63 points before winning a gold medal while serving as captain of Team USA at the World Junior A Championships in Nova Scotia in the Fall of 2013. In 2013-14, Kravchenko finished his juniors career with Sioux Falls with a team-best 33 assists and ranked third with 46 points.
Kravchenko began a two-year collegiate career with the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 2014-15 leading with 23 assists and 33 points in 36 games. The forward completed his college career in 2015-16 and registered Hockey East totals of 22 goals, 39 assists and 61 points in 68 appearances.