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Komets add veteran scorer Pistilli


Fort Wayne, Ind. – The Fort Wayne Komets announced that veteran forward Matthew Pistilli has agreed to terms and has been added to the preseason roster.

The Komets are the ECHL affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League and the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League.

Pistilli, 25, completed his fifth pro year last season splitting time with Charlotte and Bridgeport in the AHL while also appearing in 31 ECHL games with Florida where he posted 40 points (17g-23a).

The Montreal, Quebec native was a major juniors standout winning the 2008 QMJHL Championship with Gatineau. In 2008-09, Pistilli completed his fourth full year in the QMJHL leading Shawinigan with 45 goals and ranking seventh in the league with 86 points. He helped Shawinigan to the QMJHL Finals with 13 goals and 20 points in 21 playoff games and received the league’s Humanitarian of the Year Award.

Pistilli signed a three-year entry level contract with the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes as an undrafted free agent in 2009 and began his pro career skating 11 games with the Everblades while also making his AHL debut with Albany, appearing in 41 games. Pistilli split 2010-11 with Florida (27 games) and the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers (50 games) before logging 73 AHL games with Charlotte in 2011-12.

During the 2012-13 season, Pistilli set pro career highs of 25 goals, 49 assists and 74 points, which was fifth in the ECHL, in 74 total games with South Carolina and Florida. He also appeared in three AHL games with Charlotte.