When the Utica Comets host Game 3 of their AHL first round playoff series with the Toronto Marlies on Wednesday they'll have something they didn't have in games 1 and 2: their leading scorer.

Reid Boucher has been reassigned from the Vancouver Canucks to the Comets after clearing waivers.

Boucher's return was questionable, but not because of injury. In order to get him back to Utica (the Canucks season is over as they did not make the NHL Playoffs), Boucher had to be placed on the waiver wire meaning he could be claimed by any other NHL team. He did clear and is set to play in Wednesday's do-or-die Game 3 for the Comets.

Boucher played in 45 games with Utica this season, leading the team in goals (25) and total points (46).

The 24-year-old spent much of the regular season playing in Utica. He was called up for a week in February to play with the Canucks before returning to the Comets for about three weeks from February to March. Boucher then played virtually all of the last month of the regular season with Vancouver.

Utica is trialing 2-0 in the best-of-five series.

If the Comets can stay alive on Wednesday, they'll host Game 4 on Friday night.