Klementyev Says "Nyet," Isles Say "Goodbye"

The New York Islanders sent out an official press-release today stating that Russian defensive prospect Anton Klementyev has been suspended by the club for a failure to report to his ECHL assignment to the Idaho Steelheads. 

Per the Islanders official press-release:

UNIONDALE, NY (January 7, 2012) – The New York Islanders announced today that defenseman Anton Klementyev has been suspended for failure to report for his ECHL assignment to the Idaho Steelheads. Klementyev began the 2011-12 season with the Islanders American Hockey League affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. 


Klementyev played one career NHL game with the Islanders during the 2009-10 season on Saturday, Mar. 27, 2010 against the Columbus Blue Jackets. 


In 20 games with the Sound Tigers this season, Klementyev had an assist and eight penalty minutes. The Togliatti, Russia native has played the past three seasons with the Sound Tigers, totaling 13 points (3 goals and 10 assists) in 99 career games in the American Hockey League. 

Klementyev was drafted in the 5th round at 122nd overall of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. The 21-year old defenseman was a prospect that the Islanders were hoping to be a late pick that would develop into a defensive specialist on the blue line. However, as indicated in the press-release, his numbers haven't been meeting the expectations of the big club. 

With Aaron Ness, Matt Donovan and Calvin de Haan playing well, the latter having being voted into the AHL All-Star game, Klementyev had become expendable. His failure to report to the Steelheads is a clear sign that he was unhappy with the decision that the Islanders had made, much like Jon Sim's decision to not report to Bridgeport a few years ago. 

It's a shame, but do not expect Klementyev to be returning to the New York Islanders organization any time soon. 

-Rob McGowan

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George Prax's picture

While I understand why they would do this and like you said it's not a big loss for the Isles, it seems like the Islanders and Russian players don't seem to exactly get along. That could turn around and bite them in the butt in future dealings.