Player News - Islanders

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Thomas Hickey's three-year deal with the Islanders is official.

He will earn $2.2 million per season. In 81 games last season, Hickey had 22 points and a minus-12 rating.
Jul 1 - 12:31 PM

Kirill Petrov has signed an entry-level deal with the New York Islanders.

He produced five goals and 15 points in 47 games last year with Ak Bars Kazan of the KHL Petrov was a third-round pick of the Islanders back in 2008.
Jul 1 - 12:19 PM

Thomas Greiss has inked a two-year, $3 million deal with the New York Islanders.

He will serve as Jaroslav Halak's backup after playing behind Marc-Andre Fleury last season. Greiss had a 9-6-3 record with a .908 save percentage and a 2.59 GAA with the Penguins.
Jul 1 - 12:15 PM

Thomas Hickey is reportedly close to signing a three-year deal with the Islanders.

According to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, the two sides are nearing the completion of a three-year contract with an annual average value of about $2.2 million.
Jun 30 - 4:36 PM

The New York Islanders have signed Anders Lee to a four-year deal.

He will make $3.75 million per year. Lee broke out in 2014-15 with 25 goals and 41 points in 76 games.
Jun 30 - 4:28 PM

There was not a lot of trade talk involving Kyle Okposo at the 2015 Draft.

Okposo remained an Islander and the word is that he is seeking a long-term, big salary contract with one year remaining before free agency. The 27-year-old had 51 points in 60 games this season and will earn $4.5 million in the upcoming season. Contract extension talks should be ongoing but the Islanders could still deal him if the talks prove to be stalling or non-existent.
Jun 28 - 8:26 AM

The New York Islanders drafted AnDong Song, the first ever NHL draftee born in China.

Song learned to play in China and then moved to Canada when he was 10 to further his career. He was drafted in the sixth round and will play next season with Phillips Andeover Academy. He had three goals and 10 points in 26 games with Lawrence Academy and played up front as well as on the blueline. "Being the first Chinese player, it's a lot of pressure from people back home, and good pressure," Song said. "That'll motivate me to become a better player and hopefully make them proud."
Jun 28 - 8:22 AM

The New York Islanders chose defenseman Parker Wothersppon with the 112th pick during the 2015 NHL Draft.

Wotherspoon managed 42 points and 93 PIM in 72 games during the 2014-15 season in the WHL.
Jun 27 - 1:34 PM

The New York Islanders selected defenseman Mitchell Vande Sompel with the 82nd pick.

Vande Sompel can generate some offense from the blueline, generating 63 points in 58 games with Oshawa at the OHL level this past season. It's an interesting gamble at the 82nd pick.
Jun 27 - 1:26 PM

The New York Islanders would not have dealt Griffin Reinhart to Edmonton if Mathew Barzal was not available at the 16th pick.

Many mock drafts had Barzal going inside the first 10 picks including Rotoworld's, so when he was available at 16, GM Garth Snow pounced and received that pick and the 33rd overall for Reinhart who was selected fourth overall in 2012. "If you told me when today started I'd be an Islander, I would have been real surprised," said Barzal. "I'm excited to go to a team that showed so much interest in me and gave up a real good asset to pick me." Barzal had an injury-plagued season as he only participated in 44 games for Seattle of the WHL so he should be returned to the WHL and get in plenty of playing time.
Jun 27 - 9:03 AM

The New York Islanders have selected Anthony Beauvillier with the 28th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

In order to get the 28th selection, the Islanders sent the 33rd and 72nd overall picks to Tampa Bay. This is a well traveled pick as it was originally the New York Rangers' and sent to the Lightning as part of the Martin St. Louis deal. At just 5’10" and 175 pounds, Beauvillier is a slippery, tenacious, hard-working forward who possesses an impressive skill set and plays with a non-stop engine. He is an offensive scorer with above average puck-handling skills, hockey sense, and speed. Scouts have pointed out that he needs to work on his discipline and bulk up, but he is known for leading by example on the ice. He is a relentless forechecker and never quits on the play. The Quebec-native had 42 goals, 94 points, and 72 penalty minutes in 67 QMJHL games last season. During international play, Beauvillier was able to win gold with Canada at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial and won bronze at the 2015 Under-18 World Juniors.
Jun 26 - 10:12 PM

The New York Islanders have taken Mathew Barzal with the 16th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

For Barzal, one of his greatest strengths is his lack of glaring weaknesses. As a playmaking center that is quick, smart with the puck and superb on defense, the six-foot, 183-pound Vancouver-native is an elite prospect despite missing 41 games to injury over the past two seasons. The small sample size hasn’t scared anyone off in predicting big things from Barzal, who has put up 107 points in 103 WHL games. Of the 57 points he scored in 2014-15, 45 were assists and 26 of those were primary assists. Barzal is a pass-first speedster who can be a force on either side of special teams. Scouts admire the pivot’s hockey I.Q, and warn his slick wrist shot could be just as lethal as his ability to distribute the puck. The Islanders traded defenseman Griffin Reinhart to Edmonton to get the 16th and 33rd overall picks and in Barzal they have gotten someone with top-six potential.
Jun 26 - 8:55 PM

New York Islanders GM Garth Snow says he "doesn't plan on trading Kyle Okposo."

For all the praise Okposo has garnered over the last couple of seasons, he's still not yet proven he's a reliable scoring threat night-in and night-on. Be that as it may, he's still only 27 years old and has amassed 120 points in 131 games over the last two seasons. Okposo has one season left at a $2.8M cap hit, and $4.5M salary, meaning his name will be in the rumor mill until he's either re-signed or traded.
Jun 25 - 5:59 PM

The New York Islanders will play three preseason games in Barclays Center as they prepare for their first season in Brooklyn.

The Islanders said goodbye to Nassau County Coliseum with their 2015 playoff run. The next chapter in the Islanders history will start with an exhibition game on Sept. 21. They will also play in Barclays Center on Sept. 23 and 28 prior to the start of the 2015-16 campaign.
Jun 23 - 11:06 AM

Michael Grabner is on the trade block, according to Newsday’s Arthur Staple.

In fact, Staple says the Islanders are "actively shopping" the 27-year-old winger. After scoring 34 and 20 goals, respectively, in the 2010 and 2011 seasons, Grabner has a total of 36 goals over the past three seasons. He had eight goals and 13 points in 34 games in 2014-15 and recently had a second sports hernia surgery. He is due to make $5 million, with a $3 million cap hit, in the last season of his contract.
Jun 20 - 11:16 PM

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