The Indy Fuel – along with all remaining ECHL teams slated to play in the 2016-17 season – released their protected list Thursday.
The protected list is an unlimited amount of players who the team claims the ECHL rights to at least through the end of the 2016 season (which ends June 15). The team can then begin re-signing and make qualifying offers to up to eight players on its protected list on June 16. Future considerations trades must also be completed by June 13.
The Fuel’s protected list includes 26 players – including all players who were under ECHL contract and either finished the season with the Fuel or played with a team in another league after leaving the Fuel. It also includes three players who played for the team in 2014-15 and played this past season in Europe – defenders Nick Bruneteau, Doug Jessey and Saver Posa.
A team can protect players who either signed a contract with the team in 2015-16 or had a qualifying offer last season and has not signed a standard player contract. Players on NHL or AHL contracts who played with the Fuel (Mac Carruth, Cedrick Desjardins, Sam Jardine, Nick Mattson, Dillon Fournier, Daniel Ciampini, Chris DeSousa) are not eligible to be placed on the protected list.
The players on the list:
- Keegan Asmundson: Midseason pickup by the Fuel who was the team’s starting goaltender for the latter third of the season. Will be beginning his second full pro season
- Terry Shafer: Played for the Fuel late in the season after finishing his college career at Robert Morris.
- Nick Bruneteau: Played for the Fuel in 2014-15, and played in Europe this past season. He has played two full pro seasons.
- Trevor Campbell: Rookie D came to the Fuel in a trade with Tulsa midway through the year.
- Kevin Clare: Came to the Fuel in a trade with Elmira earlier this season
- Anders Franzon: Has played two years with the Fuel. Signed a contract with the Sheffield Steelers in Britain for 2016-17
- Doug Jessey: Joined the Fuel late in the 2014-15 season, played this past season in France
- Patrick Koudys: Rookie D who played the full 2015-16 season with the Fuel.
- Ben Marshall: ECHL All-Rookie Team member who played the full 2015-16 season with the Fuel.
- Zach Miskovic: The Fuel’s captain in 2015-16, he finished the season playing for the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers on loan, but the Fuel retain his ECHL rights. Veteran.
- Nick Petrecki: Veteran defender who came to the Fuel in a midseason trade with Elmira. Also played a few AHL games with the Chicago Wolves, and was the team’s captain when Miskovic was called up to the AHL.
- Saverio Posa: Defender who joined the Fuel midway through 2014-15. He played this past season in Italy.
- Rhett Bly: Two-year member of the Fuel and an alternate captain this season. He was named the team’s MVP for 2015-16
- Josh Brittain: Veteran forward who battled injuries through the latter half of the season.
- Dylan Clarke: Forward who has announced he plans to retire this summer.
- Michael Colantone: Midseason pickup from UMass-Lowell and plays center.
- Rob De Fulviis: Late-season pickup from Wheeling. Rookie.
- Adam Lapsansky: Winger who joined the Fuel midseason and played 25 games, and then left the team to return to his club team in Slovakia. Veteran.
- Alex Lavoie: Center who signed as a free agent in the summer of 2015 and played the full 2015-16 season in Indy.
- Colin Murray: Forward who came to the Fuel in a trade with Kalamazoo late in the season.
- Derek Roehl: Forward who briefly played with the Fuel at the turn of the calendar and then returned to Europe.
- Peter Schneider: RW who his first full pro season with Indy in 2015-16.
- Mike Seidel: Acquired in a trade with Elmira, he is a high scorer who only was able to play a couple of games with the Fuel before being placed on IR for the balance of the season.
- Cody Sharib: LW/C who played his first full pro season with the Fuel
- Matt White: C who excelled at the face-off dot and has played both of his pro seasons in Indy.
- Brandon Wong: Veteran forward who was acquired midseason in a trade with Tulsa.
What does this mean? Mostly the retainment of rights through the end of the month. The next two major roster deadlines are important – the end-of-season rosters released on June 15 and the qualifying offer list on June 30. Teams may begin signing players on June 16 – and give qualifying offers to up to eight players by June 30. Any players who are either not signed or don’t receive qualifying offers become free agents. Veterans who receive qualifying offers have their rights retained by the team through the end of August, while non-veterans who receive qualifying offers have their ECHL rights retained for the next season.