Wolf Pack bolster roster with former Islander forward Tanner Fritz

Wolf Pack add veteran presence.

By Ricky Milliner
tanner fritz
Sep 24, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Islanders center Tanner Fritz (11) skates with the puck during the second period against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports

As the new General Manager of the Hartford Wolf Pack, Ryan Martin secured his first deal for the club after joining the organization three weeks ago. His first signing fills a void of experience and leadership for the Pack.

Wolf Pack sign Tanner Fritz

Hartford secured the services of Tanner Fritz through a one year American Hockey League contract. The signing does not count against the cap space for the New York Rangers.

The 30 year old veteran spent the last six seasons with Bridgeport. Fritz has also accumulated 42 games in the National Hockey League with the Islanders and recorded 8 points. Last season in the AHL, he scored 6 points in 20 games.

The familiar foe is well known to Wolf Pack fans as he was noticeable in all games against Hartford, either on the scoresheet or in scrimmages. Fritz competes at a strong level and he will be mentoring the prospects for the upcoming season.

Much needed experience for a young team

wolf pack sign tanner fritz
Oct 4, 2018; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Islanders center Tanner Fritz (11) looks up during the game against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The New York Islanders defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 in the overtime. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Fritz’ veteran presence will guide and mentor the prospects on ice and in the locker room. Furthermore, Fritz has been through plenty of situations in the AHL level that would further guide the prospects. Bridgeport gave the veteran the “A” last season as well.

Essentially, Fritz replaces Vincent LoVerde’s role on the roster. Martin did a good job identify a weakness and addressed it to further compliment the team.

Fritz will be dependable for offense and provide depth that is needed to maintain a developing and winning culture in the league. He has the ability to play at center or wing, which helps for line combinations.

In addition, Fritz can be dependable on both sides of the puck. A reliable face-off presence and a willingness to shoot add to his game.

The finalized roster will be enticing to watch. The upcoming season holds a lot of promises and Martin’s first signing should pay off throughout the season.

Senators and Tkachuk nearing a deal

The latest reports out of Ottawa indicate a deal is close. Read more.