The Islanders took the next step in their rebuilding process, signing Anders Lee, 6th round pick from 2009. Lee had been playing for Notre Dame for the past few years, and now he was finally able to join the big club after his Notre Dame hockey team was eliminated from the NCAA tournament. This year, he had 38 points in 40 games and a +18 rating. As a freshman, he played 44 points and scored 44 points, good for a point per game. His play style would be considered to be that of a power forward, and he projects to be a top 6 forward. He will join the Islanders in Newark to skate with the team today, but most likely won't play until tomorrow.
The Islanders have also assigned 2011's first round pick, Ryan Strome, to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers after his team, the Niagra Ice Dogs, lost in their junior league playoff round. He had scored 94 points in 53 games with a +43 rating, which is clearly very good. Andrey Pedan also joins the Sound Tigers, coming from the Guelph Storm. In 60 games, he had 44 points and was an even 0 in +/- rating.
This is a very important step for the Islanders. As if Islander fans weren't excited enough with the team scratching for a playoff spot, they now get to see some of the future with the Islanders, and another huge part in Strome is getting some action within the club. Anders Lee's spot on this current team isn't quite known yet, but I'd be surprised if he wasn't on either the 2nd or 3rd line. Marty Reasoner will most likely stop seeing playing time anymore, as Lee also plays center. Time will tell how these players pan out, but it's very exciting to see them take the next step!