The Indy Fuel and the ECHL’s other 27 teams have released their end-of-season rosters. The roster contains 17 players – one goaltender, five defensemen and 11 forwards. It can contain only players who were under ECHL contract. It includes all players on the team’s protected list released a couple of weeks ago with the exception of forward Jonathan Parker, who was traded to Reading to complete a future considerations deal.
- Shane Owen
- Nick Bruneteau
- Anders Franzon
- Doug Jessey (R)
- Saverio Posa
- Andy Simpson (R)
- Garett Bembridge (V)
- Rhett Bly
- Chris DeSousa (R)
- Mike Duco (V)
- Nicklas Lindberg (V)
- Pete Massar
- Johnny McGuire
- Peter Schneider (R)
- Kyle Stroh
- Evan Vossen
- Matt White
V-Veteran (260+ pro games), R-Rookie (25- pro games)
Jamie Wise, Kirill Gotovets and Justin Holl were under contract to AHL Rockford, Nick Jones under contract to AHL Worcester and Mac Carruth under contract to NHL Chicago when the season ended, so they are not eligible to be placed on the end-of-season roster list.
Note that this is the end-of-season roster for 2014-15, and allows the Fuel to claim rights to these players to either re-sign or extend qualifying offers (more on that below). A handful of players have already announced their 2015-16 intentions. Doug Jessey and Mike Duco have both signed to play in Europe next season, and Chris DeSousa signed an AHL contract with the Rockford IceHogs. Gotovets, who played this year on an AHL contract, has re-signed with Rockford.
- Each team may begin signing players for the upcoming season starting today – either free agents from other leagues (or Europe or NCAA/junior) or players from their own end-of-season rosters.
- On July 1, teams may make qualifying offers to up to 8 unsigned players from its 20-player end-of-season roster, no more than four of which can be to veterans (260+ professional GP). These offers remain in place until Aug. 1. If they are not accepted by Aug. 1, they are null and players and teams are free to negotiate.
- A qualifying offer made to a non-veteran (skaters with <260 GP or goaltenders with <160GP) allows the team to retain that player’s rights for one year.
- A qualifying offer made to a veteran (skaters with 260+ GP or goaltenders with 160+ GP) allows the team to retain exclusive rights to that player through Aug. 1. After that date, if he is not signed, the player becomes a restricted free agent, and the original team has the right to match any offer he signs with another team. After Aug. 31, if the player remains unsigned, he becomes an unrestricted free agent.
- If a qualifying offer is not made or a player is not signed by June 30 by his original team, he becomes a free agent.
Full list of ECHL end-of-season rosters w/explanations of roster rules.