The Indy Fuel announced Tuesday the team has agreed to terms with fourth-year pro Nolan Descoteaux and rookie Connor Reilly for the 2017-18 season.
The signings give the Fuel seven forwards and three defensemen under contract on the preseason roster.
A native of Dallas, Descoteaux has played 173 ECHL games over three seasons. He joined the Gwinnett (now Atlanta) Gladiators at the end of the 2013-14 season after finishing his college career at Rochester Institute of Technology. He then went to the Allen Americans, with whom he won a Kelly Cup in 2014-15. Descoteaux has also played with Rapid City, Missouri and Alaska in the ECHL. Last season, he had career highs with 10 goals and 30 points in 62 games – 60 with Alaska and two with Missouri. The 6-1, 205-pound left-shot defenseman has played 173 ECHL games, with 15 goals and 43 assists.
Reilly is a rookie forward who had a goal and seven assists with the University of Minnesota last season as a senior. Over his four years in the Twin Cities, he tallied 24 goals and 32 assists in 129 games. Reilly tallied a career highs with 11 goals as a sophomore in 2014-15 – in 24 games – and 14 assists and 20 points in 37 games in 2015-16. He was also a big scorer in junior, tallying 86 points in 54 games for Penticton in the BCHL in 2011-12.
Reilly comes from a hockey-playing family. He is the older brother of Minnesota Wild defenseman Mike Reilly, with whom he was a teammate at Minnesota for two seasons. He also played with twin brother Ryan for four seasons at Minnesota. His father, Mike, played collegiately at Minnesota and was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens, and sisters Caitlin and Shannon have both played college hockey – with Caitlin currently playing at Minnesota. Connor was also a teammate of former Fuel players Justin Holl and Ben Marshall with the Golden Gophers. Reilly becomes the second rookie to sign with the team for the 2017-18 season. He hails from the same hometown – Chanhassen, Minn. – as Nick Mattson.
The Fuel now have 10 players. Reilly is the second rookie, joining defenseman Anthony Cortese. Descoteaux is the seventh signee who played in the ECHL last season.
- Nick Bligh (6-0, 185, Milton, Mass.). Age: 24. Shoots: R. 2016-17 team: South Carolina Stingrays/Adirondack Thunder/Indy Fuel (ECHL)
- Matt Johnson (6-1, 204, Clinton Township, Mich.). Age: 26. Shoots: L. 2016-17 team: Greenville Swamp Rabbits (ECHL)
- (V) Cam Reid (6-2, 187, Delta, B.C.). Age: 25. Shoots: L. 2016-17 team: Ravensburg (Germany)/Heilbronner (Germany)/Utah Grizzlies (ECHL)
- (R) Connor Reilly (6-0, 180, Chanhassen, Minn.). Age: 25. Shoots: L. 2016-17 team: Minnesota (NCAA)
- Matt Rupert (5-8, 175, London, Ont.). Age: 23. Shoots: L. 2016-17 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL)
- Ryan Rupert (5-8, 173, London, Ont.). Age: 23 Shoots: L. 2016-17 team: Binghamton Senators (AHL)/Wichita Thunder (ECHL)
- Andrew Schmit (6-5, 220, Grafton, Wis.). Age: 25. Shoots: R. 2016-17 team: Pensacola Ice Flyers (SPHL)
- (R) Anthony Cortese (5-11, 185, Pierrefonds, Que.). Age: 23. Shoots: R. 2016-17 team: Concordia University (OUAA)
- Nolan Descoteaux (6-1, 205, Dallas, Tex.). Age: 27. Shoots: L. 2016-17 team: Missouri Mavericks/Alaska Aces (ECHL)
- Chris Williams (6-2, 220, Pottstown, Pa.). Age: 26. Shoots: R. 2016-17 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL)