Mike Zalewski is leaving the Comets.
The New Hartford native who spent the past three seasons in Utica has signed with the Straubing Tigers of the German Elite League. Zalewski became an unrestricted free agent after Vancouver didn’t extend a qualifying offer.
This move reunites him with his brother, Steven, who’s entering his third season with the Tigers. Zalewski did say he hasn’t given up on his NHL dream.
Zalewski played in a total of 167 regular season games for the Comets scoring 24 goals to go along with 39 assists after being signed as an undrafted free agent in March of 2014. He also appeared in six games with the Canucks where he registered two assists.
Last season didn’t go as planned for Zalewski. He was coming off a season where he scored a career-high 16 goals and was hoping for more, but injuries limited him to just five goals in 54 games.
Zalewski was a star at New Hartford winning a New York State Player of the Year award and leading the Spartans to a state title in 2009. He left after his junior season to play junior hockey in British Columbia.