Veteran forward Geoff Walker has agreed to terms with the ECHL’s Indy Fuel, providing a high-scoring threat to the Indy attack in 2017-18.
The signing gives the Fuel 11 players on the preseason roster, including eight forwards. The Fuel also have three defensemen under contract. He is also the eighth newcomer to sign. He is the second veteran to sign, joining Cam Reid. ECHL teams are allotted four veteran spots.
Walker has 53 goals and 76 assists in 165 ECHL games over a nine-year pro career, which has included stops with Ontario, Florida, Missouri and Reading in the ECHL. He has also played 269 AHL games, with 45 goals and 71 assists, while playing for Manchester, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Lake Erie and Syracuse. He spent 2016-17 in Europe, where he had 56 points in 33 games in Italy then had 11 points in 15 games with the Sheffield Steelers in Britain.
His best ECHL season came in 2008-09, when he had 21 goals and 27 assists in 69 games with Ontario. He had a 44-point season in the AHL in 2011-12, with 18 goals and 36 assists for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. In his most recent full ECHL season, 2014-15, he had 18 goals and 25 assists in 60 games for Missouri and Ontario.
Walker was also a point-a-game scorer in the QMJHL as a junior, with 215 points in 228 games.
Walker is a 6-foot-3, 225-pound right-shot forward who primarily plays right wing.
- 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)
- (V) Geoff Walker (6-3, 225, Charlottetown, PEI). Age: 29. Shoots: R. 2016-17 team: Fassa (Alps)/Sheffield Steelers (Britain)
- (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)