Fritz, Johnston Recalled by Islanders
The New York Islanders announced Monday forwards Tanner Fritz and Ross Johnston have been recalled from the team's American Hockey League affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
Johnston, 23, has recorded two points (one goal, one assist) in three games with the Islanders this season, including his first NHL goal in a 2-1 victory against the Vegas Golden Knights on Jan. 25. He also logged a plus-one rating and 15 penalty minutes.
In the AHL this season, Johnston has collected 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in 38 games with the Sound Tigers and his 113 penalty minutes are second in the League. He also registered a career-high 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) and 135 penalty minutes with Bridgeport last season.
A native of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Johnston made his NHL debut with the Islanders on April 10, 2016 against the Philadelphia Flyers. In addition to four NHL outings, he has earned 30 points (12 goals, 18 assists) in 140 games at the AHL level - all with the Sound Tigers.
Prior to turning pro, the 6'4, 225-pound forward played four seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) from 2011-15. He notched 91 points (42 goals, 49 assists) in 195 games between the Moncton Wildcats, Victoriaville Tigres and Charlottetown Islanders – his hometown team. Johnston served as an alternate captain with both Victoriaville and Charlottetown.
Fritz, 26, has played eight games with the Islanders this season, including his NHL debut on Jan. 2 against the Boston Bruins. In addition, Fritz has 37 points (10 goals, 27 assists) in 33 games with Bridgeport this season and was named to the 2018 AHL All-Star Classic, but will not play in the event due to his NHL call-up. The Grand Prairie, Alberta native leads the Sound Tigers in points, assists and multi-point games (12), and is tied for 10th in the AHL in scoring.
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.
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