Per the Lincoln Stars' Twitter account, the team has acquired defenseman Connor Frantti ('94) from the Muskegon Lumberjacks. In return for Frantti, the Stars traded a 7th round pick in the 2014 USHL Entry Draft.
Franti is a big kid, coming in at 6'6", 203 pounds. He is originally from Spring Grove, IL, and has committed to play college hockey at Northern Michigan University, starting the fall of 2014.
Frantti was originally drafted by the Lumberjacks in the 16th round of the 2013 USHL Entry Draft, and only played one game with Muskegon this season before he was traded. In that one game against Team USA on 9/27/13, Frantti had no points and was +1 in a 5-4 Muskegon win.
In five preseason games with the 'Jacks, Franti had no points, was -1, and accumulated 21 penalty minutes. 19 of those 21 PIM's came in one preseason game against Cedar Rapids.
Before getting drafted by Muskegon, Frantti played hockey at Culver Military Academy in Culver, IN. That's the same program that has produced former Stars such as Michael Sdao, Cory Hibbeler, David Gerths, and Andrew Schmit.
Interesting trade, in my opinion. The Stars were already set with 7 defensemen before this trade, so it would seem that with 8 d-men on the roster, more player movement could be coming. I suppose the coaches still could keep 8 defenseman on the active roster, but most seasons only 7 are protected. We'll have to wait and see what happens with that.
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Edit: According to the Poinstreak roster, the Stars have released forward Nick Monfils. I assume this was done to make room for Frantti. I've since been told that Monfils is on his way to Corpus Christi (NAHL). Best of luck to him going forward. I was a fan of his speed and skill.