Friday’s game will be the first meeting since May 22 when the Americans eliminated the Komets four games to one in Allen during the 2016 ECHL Western Conference Finals.
Desjardins, 23, will be entering his fourth pro year after appearing in 70 ECHL games last season with Florida, scoring 11 goals and 32 assists.
The Komets season opening winning streak was snapped at three games with a 3-1 set back to the visiting Kalamazoo Wings Saturday night at the Memorial Coliseum giving the Komets a split of the weekend home-and-home series with the Wings. The Komets clipped the Wings Friday at Kalamazoo 2-1.
David Friedmann and Kyle Thomas each scored rebound goals on Friday night as the Komets improved to 3-0 on the young season with a 2-1 win at Kalamazoo.
Already it will be a battle for first place in the Central Division between the two long-time rivals.
The Komets improved to 2-0 in their first season of the weekend with a 3-1 win in their home opener against the Mallards.
Captain and player-assistant coach Jamie Schaasfma scored two goals for the Komets.
The roster of 21 players includes 11 forwards (one on call-up), seven defensemen, two goaltenders.
The Komets are closing in on what will be a busy opening weekend of regular season ECHL play with back-to-back games on the docket.
The Komets bested Brampton 4-3 to wrap up their three-game preseason slate on Monday night at War Memorial Coliseum.
The Komets will complete their preseason schedule Monday night on Sweetwater Ice at the Coliseum when the Brampton Beast visit for Fort Wayne’s third and final exhibition game at 7:30pm.
The Komets scored two goals in the first six minute and nine seconds of the first period but eventually fell to the Indy Fuel 4-3 in their exhibition opener Friday night at War Memorial Coliseum.
Coming off a trip to the ECHL’s Western Conference finals the Fort Wayne Komets are hoping to take it a step further in the 2016-17 season.
Schaafsma will be replacing Konstantin Shafranov. Shafranov has decided to return to Russia to pursue his coaching career.
The Komets announced Monday that assistant coach Konstantin Shafranov is returning to Russia to pursue his coaching career.
The ECHL on Monday announced its preseason schedule of 23 games beginning Oct. 6 and continuing through Oct. 13.
Bartus, 27, appeared in three games with Fort Wayne during the 2014-15 season.
Brady Vail has inked an agreement for 2016-17 and the Komets have acquired Dan Milan from Wichita in exchange for future considerations.
Meurs spent the last two seasons in Fort Wayne scoring 30 goals in 81 regular season games.
Hartzell, 27, completed last season appearing in 22 games in Germany with Heilbronn in DEL2.