On Thursday November 5th, the Adirondack Thunder announced the signing of American defensemen and rookie, Grant Frederic. The two sides agreed to terms on a standard player contract for the upcoming season. This is the 18th signing the Thunder have made so far this offseason. Frederic had previously signed with the Atlanta Gladiators back in July.
Thunder Continue to Add Size on The Blue-Line
Frederic signs with the Thunder after spending his colligate career at the University of Miami (Ohio). In his four years with the RedHawks hockey program, the righty recorded 11 points, having scored two goals along with nine assists. He did so in 72 games. Prior to joining the RedHawks, Frederic played two seasons with the Green Bay Gamblers in the USHL.
In 118 games in the league, the native of St. Louis, Missouri racked up eight goals along with 19 assists. He did so for 27 points. Grant’s younger brother, Trent, was drafted by the Boston Bruins back in 2016. He was selected 29th overall. Over the past two years, he’s seen 17 games with them, but has yet to record his first NHL point.
The 6’3, 201 pound defensemen became the seventh blue liner and second rookie to sign with the Thunder ahead of January puck drop. When looking at the Thunder roster, I see Frederic possibly battling Alex Jaeckle for that sixth defensemen role for Adirondack this season. He’s a guy who compiled 208 penalty minutes in the USHL, but cleaned up his act once he got to Miami University (Ohio). He doesn’t have much offensive upside and is known as a stay-at-home defensemen.