2005 FIRST ROUND PICK O'MARRA SIGNS 3-YEAR DEAL

Thursday, 03.30.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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2005 FIRST ROUND PICK O\'MARRA SIGNS 3-YEAR DEAL
One of the game's top prospects joins Sound Tigers today

The Islanders have signed center Ryan O'Marra, their 2005 first round draft pick and a member of the gold medal-winning Team Canada at this year's World Junior Championships, to a three-year contract. The 18-year old O'Marra, the 15th pick overall in last summer's draft, begins his professional career today as a member of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the Islanders' AHL affiliate.

"Ryan is arguably our top prospect not currently with the big club," said Islanders general manager Mike Milbury. "He is a very well-rounded player who is going to be a big part of our future."

Said Islanders Head Scout Tony Feltrin: "Ryan has the heart, size and skill to eventually be an excellent player at the NHL level. You cannot question his leadership ability and his work ethic."

The 6-1, 200-pound O'Marra was the second-leading scorer for the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League. In 61 games, O'Marra was 27-50-77 with 134 penalty minutes. At the World Junior Championships in December, O'Marra had two assists and 18 penalty minutes in six games for Team Canada.

"It's so great to have the contract done early so I can begin playing for Bridgeport," O'Marra said today. "The Islanders have been so good to me since the draft, staying on top of my development in Erie and getting this deal done. I'm anxious to get on the ice with the Sound Tigers and show them what I can do."

O'Marra's signing means that the Islanders' last five first round picks are progessing in the organization at the NHL or AHL level: Rick DiPietro (2000), Sean Bergenheim (2002), Robert Nilsson (2003), Petteri Nokelainen (2004) and O'Marra (2005). The first four all played last night for the Islanders.

O'Marra will travel with the Sound Tigers for their game tomorrow in Philadelphia and could make his debut sometime in the next week. Bridgeport has home games on Saturday (7:05 against Providence) and Sunday (4:05 vs. Binghamton).


RYAN O'MARRA
Center
Height: 6-2
Weight: 200 lbs.
Shoots: Right
Born: June 9, 1987 in Tokyo, Japan
Hometown: Mississauga, Ontario
2005-2006 Junior Team: Erie Otters/OHL
Drafted: By the Islanders in the first round (15th overall) in the 2005 NHL
Entry Draft

 

 

  Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002-03 Georgetown Raiders OPJHL 3 0 2 2 0          
2002-03 Streetsville Derbys OPJHL 6 0 1 1 2          
2003-04 Erie Otters OHL 63 16 16 32 33 9 5 5 10 6
2004-05 Erie Otters OHL 64 25 38 63 60 6 4 1 5 0
2005-06 Erie Otters OHL 61 27 50 77 134  

 

AWARDS AND HONORS

- Taken fourth overall by the Erie Otters in the 2003 OHL Priority Selection.

- Played for Team Ontario and won a Gold Medal at the 2004 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge held in St. John's. Also was an alternate captain on Team Canada in the August 2004 at the Under-18 Championships and scored five points in five games.

- Named the Erie Otters Most Improved Player in 2004 and named the Otters' Most Sportsmanlike Player in 2004 and 2005. Selected as the Otters' Scholastic Player of the Year in 2005. 

- Won a gold medal and was an alternate captain for Team Canada at the 2004 Under-18 Junior World Cup.

- Played on the Canadian Under-18 national team that finished with a silver medal at the 2005 Under-18 World Championship in Plzen, Czech Republic. Also represented Canada at the 2005 Under-18 World Championships in Ceske Budejovice and Plzen, Czech Republic.

- Played for Team Canada and won a gold medal at the 2006 World Junior Championships.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Bailey 5 2 3 2 5
J. Tavares 5 1 3 0 4
K. Okposo 5 2 1 1 3
N. Leddy 5 0 3 -2 3
R. Strome 5 2 0 0 2
B. Nelson 4 2 0 0 2
C. Clutterbuck 5 1 1 1 2
L. Visnovsky 4 0 2 5 2
C. Cizikas 5 1 0 1 1
C. de Haan 5 0 1 -2 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 2 3 1 .913 2.61
M. Neuvirth 0 0 0 1.000 0.00

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