Ty Wishart Re-signs With Islanders For One Year

The Islanders announced today the defense prospect, Ty Wishart has re-signed with the club on a one-year, two-way contract for the 2012-2013 season. 

Per the Isles official press-release:

"WISHART AGREES TO TERMS ON ONE-YEAR, TWO-WAY DEAL

Former first-round pick returns to organization for 2012-13 season

UNIONDALE, NY (July 18, 2012) – The New York Islanders announced today that Ty Wishart has agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way deal for the 2012-13 season.

Wishart, 24, scored 19 points (five goals, 14 assists) with the Islanders’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, during his fourth professional season. The Belleville, ON, native also appeared in one National Hockey League game last year with the Islanders.

A former first round (16th overall) pick of the San Jose Sharks in the 2006 NHL Draft, Wishart was acquired by the Islanders in a trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Jan. 2, 2011 in exchange for Dwayne Roloson. In 26 career NHL games with the Lighting and Islanders, the 6’4, 214-pound defenseman has scored one goal and five assists, while posting a plus-5 rating with 10 penalty minutes. He’s added 66 points (14 goals, 52 assists) in 193 career AHL games with the Worcester Sharks, Springfield Falcons and Sound Tigers."

As the press-release points out, Wishart was acquired for goaltender, Dwayne Roloson in 2011. At the time, Roloson was arguably the most valued Islanders player and could have possibly been traded for a lot more had he been moved closer to the deadline. So far, Wishart's numbers have not made this trade one of Garth Snow's bests.

However, Wishart is still only 24 years old and still has time to establish himself as a proven NHL defenseman. His size and skill need to catch up with each other in order for him to prove that he should stay with the organization beyond this upcoming season.

Wishart will certainly have his work cut out for him with Mark Streit, Lubomir Visnovsky, Travis Hamonic, Andrew MacDonald and Matt Carkner on board for next year, and Calvin de Haan, Matt Donovan and Aaron Ness preparing to battle for the sixth spot.

But all of that could change with some improved play and increased ice time with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

-Rob McGowan
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