Islanders Sign Two Prospects

DiBenedetto and Katic each ink three-year deals; Will report to Bridgeport for remainder of this season

Thursday, 04.9.2009 / 10:19 PM ET / News
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Islanders Sign Two Prospects

Justin DiBenedetto
The Islanders have signed forward Justin DiBenedetto and defenseman Mark Katic to three-year entry level contracts. DiBenedetto finished third in the OHL this season in both goals with 45 and points with 93. Katic finished eighth among OHL defenseman with 41 assists for 54 points.

Both players will report to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League for the remainder of the season on an Amateur Tryout.

DiBenedetto was selected by the Islanders in sixth round, 175th overall, of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. The 20-year old native of Etobicoke, ON also recorded 48 assists this season for his second consecutive 93 point season. In his five-year OHL career—split between the Toronto St. Michael's Majors and Sarnia—DiBenedetto played in 303 games and scored 132 goals with 156 assists for 288 points.
Mark Katic

He also appeared in 31 playoff games over five post-season and scored six goals with 11 assists for 17 points.

Katic was the Islanders first selection, 62nd overall in the third round, in 2007 NHL Entry Draft. The 19-year old native of Timmins, ON set new career-highs in goals with 13, assists and points this season while playing for the Sarnia Sting of the OHL. In his four year junior career—all with Sarnia—Katic scored 28 goals with 131 assists for 159 points in 227 games.

He also appeared in 14 playoff games over three post-seasons and scored two goals with six assists for eight points.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
5 PIT 77 42 24 11 211 194 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 PHI 77 31 29 17 202 220 79
12 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 78 29 43 6 204 249 64
16 BUF 77 22 47 8 152 258 52

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 77 34 43 -2 77
R. Strome 76 16 32 20 48
K. Okposo 55 16 31 -11 47
F. Nielsen 76 14 28 8 42
B. Nelson 77 19 22 7 41
A. Lee 71 23 16 10 39
J. Bailey 65 15 23 3 38
J. Boychuk 67 8 25 9 33
N. Leddy 73 10 21 14 31
T. Hamonic 67 5 26 16 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 36 16 2 .913 2.42
M. Neuvirth 1 3 1 .881 2.94

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