Andrew Fritsch
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Andrew Fritsch

Hometown:

Brantford Ontario

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1993-03-24

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2011

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

6th round (155th overall), 2011

Weight:

187 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2008-09: Fritsch scored 33 goals with 38 assists and 12 PMS in 59 games for the Brantford 99ers Midget Minor team. He was selected in the third round (57th overall) of the 2009 OHL Priority Draft.

2009-10: Fritsch skated in 62 of 68 games for the Niagara Ice Dogs in his first OHL season. He scored 11 goals with 7 assists and was -7 with 13 PMs. Niagara reached the playoffs despite finishing with a losing record and in the IceDogs first round series with Ottawa Fritsch skated in all five games; finishing +1 with 1 goal.

2010-11: Fritsch had an outstanding offensive season playing alongside Joey Hishon (COL) and Garrett Wilson (FLA) for the OHL champion Owen Sound Attack. Fritsch was obtained by the Attack early in the season after scoring one goal in two games with Niagara and in 58 games with Owen Sound tallied 27 goals with 35 assists. Ten of his 27 goals were scored on the power play and Fritsch was +19 with 18 PMs. He missed the early part of the playoffs due to a "lower body" injury. In 11 post-season games, including the Memorial Cup, he scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was +3 with 2 PMs. Fritsch was ranked 84th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting's final rankings and was selected by the Coyotes in the sixth round (155th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.

2011-12: Fritsch went to camp with the Coyotes before being sent back to junior for a third OHL season. Traded from Owen Sound to the Soo Greyhounds in the off-season, he got off to a fast start – posting 14 points in 16 games – before suffering a wrist injury which kept him out until February (he was selected to play in the Subway Series against Russia but could not due to the injury). He finished the year with 13 goals and 19 assists in 35 games and was minus-six with 32 penalty minutes. Sault Ste. Marie finished fifth in the West Division – one point behind Windsor for the final playoff spot.

 

Talent Analysis

A two-way forward with goal-scoring and playmaking abilities, Fritsch is an instinctive player at both ends of the rink. Lacks size and strength but is a spark plug who won’t shy away from the dirty areas.

 

Future

A point-per-game player in his past two junior seasons, Fritsch will be back in junior hoping to rebound from and injury shortened season in 2011-12.

 

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