Fuel re-sign Franzon, add Brittain

The Indy Fuel announced two more signings for the 2015-16 season Monday, re-signing defenseman Anders Franzon and adding veteran left wing Josh Brittain.

Franzon becomes the sixth player from last year’s squad to re-sign with the team. Brittain becomes the third veteran to join the Fuel, and the second who comes from outside the organization.

Brittain will be entering his sixth full pro season. He brings an ability to finish and some toughness to the Fuel. He has played 301 minor pro games since 2010-11, split between the AHL and ECHL. Last season, he played for three different ECHL teams — Kalamazoo, Missouri and Ontario — and had 22 goals and 24 assists in 63 games, as well as 125 penalty minutes. The 46 points marked the highest-scoring season of his pro career, and his second 20-goal campaign.

In his AHL career, which spans 114 games from 2010-14 with Syracuse, Norfolk and Hershey, Brittain tallied 16 goals and 14 assists, as well as 180 PIM and a +1 rating. He has played in the ECHL each year of his career, playing with Elmira from 2010-12, Fort Wayne in 2012-13, Reading in 2013-14, and Kalamazoo, Missouri and Ontario last season. He has played 187 ECHL games, with 57 goals and 58 assists. He also has 275 penalty minutes in that span, and a +29 rating in the ECHL.

In addition to last year’s 22-goal, 46-point campaign, Brittain had 17 goals and 30 points in 56 games split between ECHL Reading and AHL Hershey in 2013-14. In 2012-13, he played 74 games between ECHL Fort Wayne and AHL Norfolk, and tallied 24 total goals and 22 assists, including an 11-8-19 line in 43 AHL games.

Brittain is a 6-5, 220-pound left wing from Milton, Ontario. He played junior hockey in the OHL. He was a third-round pick of the Anaheim Ducks in 2008.

Franzon played 61 games with the Fuel last season. He had three goals and 14 assists, and finished with a +3 rating. He was one of the team’s top performers in +/- and gives the Fuel size on the blueline, at 6-3, 196. Franzon will be entering his third pro season – he played 66 games for the CHL’s Missouri Mavericks in 2013-14, tallying 31 points. He is a University of Vermont graduate and a native of Plattsburgh, NY.

The signings give the Fuel seven forwards, three defensemen and one goaltender under ECHL contract for the 2015-16 season.

Brittain’s HockeyDB page
Brittain’s ECHL bio
Brittain’s Wikipedia page
Lee’s Summit (Mo.) newspaper bio of Brittain

Franzon’s HockeyDB page
Franzon’s ECHL bio

2015-16 Indy Fuel roster
Forwards (7)

  • (V) Garett Bembridge (6-0, 180, Saskatoon, Sask.). Age: 34. Shoots: R. 2014-15 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL)
  • Rhett Bly (5-10, 185, Regina, Sask.). Age: 26. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL)
  • (V) Josh Brittain (6-5, 220, Milton, Ont.). Age: 25. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: Ontario Reign (ECHL)
  • (R) Casey Thrush (6-1, 185, Easton, Md.). Age: 23. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: New Hampshire (NCAA)
  • (R) Terrence Wallin (6-0, 204, Yardley, Pa.). Age: 23. Shoots: R. 2014-15 team: UMass-Lowell (NCAA)
  • Matt White (6-2, 196, McMurray, Pa.). Age: 24. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL)
  • (R) Walker Wintoneak (6-3, 210, Thunder Bay, Ont.). Age: 26. Shoots: R. 2014-15 team: Univ. of Calgary (CIS)

Defensemen (3)

  • Anders Franzon (6-3, 196, Plattsburgh, NY). Age: 26. Shoots: R. 2014-15 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL)
  • (V) Kevin Quick (6-0, 181, Buffalo, NY). Age: 27. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: Dundee Stars (EIHL)
  • (R) Andy Simpson (5-11, 190, Chesterfield, Mo.). Age: 24. Shoots: R. 2014-15 team: Dartmouth Big Green (NCAA)

Goaltenders (1)

  • Shane Owen (6-2, 195, Markham, Ont.). Age: 25. Catches: L. 2014-15 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL)

R-Rookie, V-Veteran

Players from 2014-15 team who have been issued ECHL qualifying offers and have not signed elsewhere
Nicklas Lindberg (C), Pete Massar (RW), Peter Schneider (RW), Kyle Stroh (C)

Players from the 2014-15 end-of-season roster who have not signed elsewhere/received a QO
Johnny McGuire (F) Evan Vossen (F)

Players from 2014-15 end-of-season roster who have signed elsewhere
Chris DeSousa (LW) – Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Kirill Gotovets (D) – Rockford IceHogs (AHL) (had been under contract to Rockford)
Justin Holl (D) — Toronto Marlies (AHL) (had been under contract to Rockford)
Mike Duco (LW) – Britain (Sheffield Steelers)
Doug Jessey (D) – France (Brest Albatros)
Nick Bruneteau (D) — Norway (Stavanger Oilers)
Saverio Posa (D) – Italy (Cortina, reported)