INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Indy Fuel and Florida Everblades played a little “Let’s Make a Deal” on Thursday.
Gone to South Florida is forward Peter Schneider and defenseman Kevin Clare, while headed to the Circle City is forward Kevin Lynch and defenseman Matt Stanisz.
Schneider, 25, recorded 20 goals and 25 assists in 74 total games with the Fuel, finishing third in 2015-16 team scoring with 37 points (16g, 21a). The Austrian native led all Indy skaters last season with five game-winning goals.
Clare, 26, finished his sophomore season in the ECHL with four goals and 15 assists over 67 games split between Indy and the Elmira Jackals. The New Rochelle, N.Y. native picked up five points (1g, 4a) in 13 games with the Fuel, after arriving in early March as part of the trade that sent goaltender Shane Owen to Elmira.
The Fuel, meanwhile, picked up a player who finished in the top-20 in league scoring for forwards and a steady, puck moving defenseman.
The 25-year-old Lynch finished tied for 18th in the ECHL scoring race last season with 58 points (22g, 36a) in 62 games played, good for second on the Everblades roster. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound center’s +16 rating in 2015-16 was tied for fourth-best among Florida skaters, and he also appeared in seven AHL contests with the Syracuse Crunch and Manitoba Moose.
Stanisz completed his rookie season with 18 points (2G, 16A), 64 PIMs and was a +8 in 41 games.
“This is a good trade for the Fuel. We fill a need with a number one center and add a steady solid defenseman,” said Indy Head Coach and VP of Hockey Operations Bernie John. “We had to give up two good players, but it’s the nature of the business and if you’re looking to make your team better you have to make tough decisions.
All four players were signed to ECHL deals before the trade was completed.