Islanders recall eight players from Sound Tigers

Nelson, Persson, Strome, Sundstrom, Donovan, de Haan, Ness & Nilsson join Islanders for 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Sunday, 04.28.2013 / 11:17 AM ET / News
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Islanders recall eight players from Sound Tigers
Nelson, Persson, Strome, Sundstrom, Donovan, de Haan, Ness & Nilsson join Islanders for 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs

The New York Islanders announced today that eight players have been recalled from loan from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Forwards Brock Nelson, John Persson, Ryan Strome and Johan Sundstrom, as well as defensemen Matt Donovan, Calvin de Haan, Aaron Ness and goaltender Anders Nilsson will join the Islanders for the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Nelson, 21, led the Sound Tigers in scoring with 52 points (25 goals, 27 assists) in 66 games as a rookie. This is the first NHL recall for the Islanders’ first round selection (30th overall) in the 2010 National Hockey League Draft.

Persson, 20, scored 29 points (17 goals, 12 assists) in 65 games this season with the Sound Tigers. The Islanders’ fifth-round pick (125th overall) in the 2011 Draft, Persson placed third among Sound Tigers goal scorers in his first professional campaign.

Strome, 19, led the Niagara Icedogs in scoring and placed sixth in the Ontario Hockey League with 94 points (34 goals, 60 assists) in 53 games. After the conclusion of his third OHL season, the Islanders’ first-round pick (5th overall) in the 2011 Draft joined the Sound Tigers on an Amateur Tryout, scoring seven points (two goals, five assists) in 10 games.

Sundstrom, 20, was the Sound Tigers third-leading scorer among forwards during his rookie season. The Gothenberg, Sweden native, selected in the second round (50th overall) in 2011, totaled 32 points (11 goals, 21 assists) during his first season in North America.

Donovan, 22, tied for the AHL scoring lead amongst defensemen and placed third overall in team scoring with 48 points (14 goals, 34 assists) in 75 games. The Islanders’ fourth-round pick in the 2008 Draft made his NHL debut last season with the Islanders, appearing in three regular season games.

de Haan, 21, missed much of the 2012-13 season with a shoulder injury, recording two assists in three games with the Sound Tigers. Selected in the first round (12th overall) of the 2009 Draft, de Haan made his NHL debut last season with the Islanders.

Ness, 22, posted 27 points (three goals, 24 assists) in 76 games during his second season with the Sound Tigers. The Islanders’ second-round pick (40th overall) in 2008 appeared in his first nine NHL games with the Islanders last season.

Nilsson, 23, posted an 8-11-0 record with a 2.98 goals-against average and a .899 save percentage this season with the Sound Tigers. The second-year goaltender was taken in the third round (62nd overall) of the 2009 Draft.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  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 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 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 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
12 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

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
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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