by Paul on 09/21/10 at 05:45 PM ET
from a New York Islanders press release…
The New York Islanders announced today that they have agreed to terms on a three year entry-level contract with first round draft pick Nino Niederreiter.
The Islanders selected Niederreiter with the fifth overall pick in the 2010 National Hockey League Entry Draft in June. Niederreiter, a native of Chur, Switzerland, played his rookie season in the Western Hockey League last year, leading the team in goals with 36 and registering 24 assists for 60 points in 65 games with the Portland Winterhawks. The 18-year-old center also appeared in 13 playoff games with the Winterhawks, notching eight goals and eight assists for 16 points.
“It’s just fantastic to be a part of the Islanders and even now that I’ve signed here, it’s just unbelievable,” said Niederreiter. “It’s a young team, so it’s a big battle out there and everybody can’t make the team. I know that a spot is open and I’d love to use the spot.”
“He played extremely well last week in Boston at the rookie games,” said Islanders General Manager Garth Snow. “He’s obviously a big body, that’s something that he has in his favor going in to training camp, along with his skill set.”
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