The Missouri Comets announced Friday that they had signed Jeff Hughes and he has been added to the to the active roster. Hughes played for the Syracuse Silver Knights as a defender last season. Despite being a defender, Hughes scored a total of 53 points with 21 goals, putting him ninth in scoring.
“Hughes is a dynamic player with great speed,” Comets President Brian Budzinski stated via press release. “He’s proven he can do it in the MISL last year playing for Tommy (Tanner) in Syracuse.”
Hughes feels he can help take the Comets to the next level, “I feel I’m a two-way player that can bring a great intensity to every game and after getting to know these players over the past two seasons I feel I can mix right in.” He added, “I’m looking forward to joining the team as we push, not just to the playoffs, but to a championship.”
The Comets had courted Hughes in pre-season but the two sides were unable to work out a deal until now. Hughes recently moved to the Kansas City area which probably made it a little easier to complete the deal. The Comets need the extra depth as they are suffering through some injuries in the lineup. The decision to sign him to the active roster was made after defender Stefan Stokic suffered a knee injury earlier this week.
If Hughes is ready to play, he will be able to help steady a back line that has not been consistent this year season and provide a nice little extra scoring threat that will make other teams pay attention.
Hughes will join the Comets on their road trip to Baltimore and Rochester this weekend. After this two game road trip, the Comets return home and play five of their last seven at home in February.
The Comets are currently in third in the MISL standings with Milwaukee and Baltimore at the top of the table and Chicago and Wichita just a game and half and two game behind respectively.