Islanders Loan Three Players to Bridgeport
The New York Islanders announced Sunday that Tanner Fritz, Anthony Beauvillier (pictured) and Sebastian Aho have been loaned to the team's AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
Fritz, 26, earned his first NHL recall on Monday, Jan. 1 and played three games with the Islanders, including his NHL debut on Jan. 2 against the Boston Bruins. In addition, Fritz has 35 points (10 goals, 25 assists) in 29 games with Bridgeport during his third season in the AHL. The Grand Prairie, Alberta native leads the Sound Tigers in points, assists and multi-point games (11), and is tied for fourth in the League in scoring. On Thursday, he and Aho were both selected to represent Bridgeport at the 2018 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Turning Stone Casino Resort on Jan. 28-29 in Utica, N.Y.
The Islanders signed Fritz to a two-way (NHL/AHL) deal on Mar. 29, 2016. Last season, Fritz scored 42 points (19 goals, 23 assists) in 63 games and has collected 89 points (31 goals, 58 assists) in 111 career AHL games.
Prior to turning pro, Fritz played four seasons at Ohio State University (Big Ten), captaining the team during his senior season. Fritz scored 110 points (36 goals, 74 assists) in 142 collegiate games and won back-to-back Big Ten Sportsmanship Awards in 2014 and 2015 while playing for the Buckeyes.
Aho, 21, also recently earned his first promotion to the NHL, getting recalled by the Islanders on Dec. 28. He made his debut with New York on Dec. 31 against the Colorado Avalanche and scored his first NHL goal on Sunday against the New Jersey Devils. Aho has two points (one goal, one assist) in three NHL games.
In addition, Aho has 20 points (nine goals, 11 assists) and four power-play goals in 29 games with the Sound Tigers this season and has been one of the top defensemen in the AHL. He ranks second among all AHL blue-liners in goals, leads defensemen in game-winners, and is tied for 13th in points.
A native of Umeå, Sweden, Aho agreed to a three-year entry-level deal with the Islanders on July 5, 2017 after he was selected by the club in the fifth round (#139 overall) of the 2017 NHL Draft. He spent parts of the last four seasons with Skellefteå AIK in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) and posted career highs in goals (10), assists (20), points (30) and games played (50) with the team last season. He added two assists in seven playoff games, and helped Skellefteå capture 2017 SHL silver medal honors.
In 152 career SHL games, Aho registered 15 goals, 45 assists and 60 points during the regular season and also skated in 49 career playoff games, helping Skellefteå win the SHL championship in 2013-14.
The 5'10, 170-pound defenseman also skated with Team Sweden in the World Junior Championships from 2012-15.
Beauvillier, 20, scored two goals for the Sound Tigers in Friday's overtime setback to the Rochester Americans after making his AHL debut on Wednesday against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. He has two goals, nine shots and a plus-one rating in two AHL games.
Beauvillier also collected eight points (five goals, three assists) in 32 games with the Islanders this season during his second professional campaign. The Sorel, Quebec native notched 24 points (nine goals, 15 assists) and a plus-one rating in 66 games with the club during the 2016-17 season, including an assist in his NHL debut on Oct. 13, 2016 against the New York Rangers.
Prior to turning pro, Beauvillier spent three seasons with the Shawinigan Cataractes of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) from 2013-16. He earned 206 points (91 goals, 115 assists) and a plus-10 rating in 178 career games, and served as team captain during his final season in 2015-16. In addition, the 5'11, 170-pound forward was named a QMJHL All-Star on two occasions and scored the most goals (15) of any player during the 2015-16 playoffs.
Beauvillier was selected by the Islanders in the first round (28th overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft.
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