Admirals Ink Fletcher to AHL Deal

Norfolk Admirals GM Mike Butters was busy with the pen again today continuing to add roster depth by signing former Lightning overage defensive prospect Justin Fletcher to a standard AHL contract. Butters had signed center Pete Zingoni and goaltender Mike McKenna to standard AHL contracts on Monday. Fletcher, originally undrafted out of St. Cloud State in Minnesota, signed an ATO with the Springfield Falcons and eventually earned a one year NHL contract from then Lightning GM Jay Feaster in May 2007. Fletcher spent the bulk of the 2007-2008 season with the Admirals as a Lightning prospect before being loaned to Rockford in exchange for enforcer David Koci.

It had been reported in the local Tampa papers that Fletcher was a restricted free agent and had been offered a qualifying offer by Jay Feaster in June, but that information is now clearly incorrect. Fletcher, a smallish puck moving defenseman in the mold of Atlanta's Tobias Enstrom, is expected to compete with Lightning blueline prospects Kevin Quick, Andy Rogers, and Scott Jackson along with fellow Admirals backliner Daryl Boyle for two or three available defensive rosters spots in Norfolk.