UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – Sometimes a promotion from the American Hockey League to the National Hockey League isn’t just for the players. That was the case on Thursday, as now former Utica Comet Assistant Coach and 13-year NHL veteran, and career New Jersey Devil, Sergei Brylin was promoted to the teams coaching staff, rounding out the assistants for Devils’ head coach Lindy Ruff going into the 2022-23 year.
Brylin was drafted by New Jersey 42nd overall in 1992 and played with the organization from then until 2008. After a four-year stint in the KHL in Russia, Brylin returned to the states and has been an assistant coach with the Devil’s AHL affiliate ever since, hanging on through its moves from Albany to Binghamton and then from Binghamton to Utica.
According to Devils Reporter Amanda Stein, Brylin is set to be the team’s “eye-in-the-sky,” implying that he will not be on the bench during games, but he will work closely one on one with players in practice and focus mainly on the team’s penalty kill, which ranked 14th out of 32 NHL teams last season. Rookies will begin reporting to training camp on September 14th, with the team’s first preseason exhibition game against the Montreal Canadiens happening on September 26th.