Fort Wayne, Ind. – The Fort Wayne Komets announced that they have added four players to the preseason roster. Forward Christian Ouellet has agreed to terms and will be returning to the Fort Wayne lineup for his second season. Also added were center Angelo Esposito, forward Alex Hudson and goaltender Pat Nagle.
Ouellet, 23, will be entering his third pro season after spending time last season with San Francisco, Elmira and Fort Wayne. The Alma, Quebec native started the year skating four games with San Francisco before joining Elmira where he appeared in 19 games. Ouellet was traded to the Komets in January and finished the year scoring 15 points (7g-8a) in 33 games. The right-winger added four points (3g-1a) in 11 playoff games.
Esposito, 25, will be skating his sixth pro year after playing the last two seasons in Europe. A first-round selection (20th overall) by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Esposito started his pro career skating two seasons in the AHL amassing 38 points (10g-28a) in 38 games during stints with Chicago, San Antonio and Texas. Esposito also made his ECHL debut in 2011-12 with Cincinnati appearing in three games before traveling to Europe where he split the 2012-13 season with Milan of the Italian Federation Hockey League and the Pelicans of Liiga in the Finnish Elite League. Last year, Esposito appeared in 35 games with Bolzano of the Austrian Hockey League scoring eight points (1g-7a) before helping Bolzano to the Austrian Championship.
Prior to turning pro, Esposito skated four seasons of juniors in the QMJHL. He made his juniors debut in 2005-06 ranking third on the Remparts with 59 assists and 98 points in 57 games, was named to the Canadian Hockey League All-Rookie Team, named the QMJHL Offensive Rookie of the Year and helped Quebec to the CHL Memorial Cup. He also won the World Hockey Championship Gold Medal with the Canada Quebec U-17 team. In 2006-07 he again ranked third on Quebec with 52 assists and 79 points. Esposito was named to the CHL Top Prospect Team and awarded the QMJHL Best Professional Prospect Trophy.
Nagle, 27, posted a 2.73 goals-against average and 23-14-4 record last season in 43 games with Idaho. Nagle, the NAHL’s Rookie of the Year for 2006-07 with St. Louis, began a four-year college career with Ferris State in the CCHA in 2007-08. Nagle completed his four-year program in 2010-11 scoring a 2.02 goals-against average (18-14-5) to earn spots on the CCHA First All-Star Team and NCAA (West) First All-American Team. The netminder made his pro debut in 2011-12 appearing in 39 games with the Florida Everblades, posting a 10-14-3 regular-season record with a 2.87 goals-against average before posting a 1.42 goals-against average in six playoff appearances with the Everblades en route to the 2012 Kelly Cup championship.
Hudson, 26, will be entering his fourth pro year. In 2011-12 the Corona, Calif. native finished four seasons of collegiate play with the University of Nebraska-Omaha and made his pro debut skating stints with the Bakersfield Condors and Manchester of the AHL. Hudson helped Alaska to the 2012-13 ECHL Brabham Cup title before posting career highs last season of 17 assists, 30 points and 97 penalty minutes in 59 games with Colorado. The forward has amassed totals of 29 goals, 62 points and 188 penalty minutes in 138 career ECHL games.