Islanders sign 2012 pick Adam Pelech

Finland's Henri Ikonen, right, controls the puck chased Finland's Henri Ikonen, right, controls the puck chased by Canada's Adam Pelech during the World Junior Hockey Championships semifinal between Canada and Finland at Malmo Arena in Malmo, Sweden, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. Photo Credit: AP / Ludvig Thunman

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The Islanders signed defenseman Adam Pelech, their third-round pick in 2012, to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Pelech, 19, currently sits third in scoring among defensemen in the Ontario League with nine goals and 45 assists for Erie, which has clinched a playoff berth. If Bridgeport is still playing when Erie's season ends, Pelech could play for the Sound Tigers.

Pelech played on Canada's 2014 World Junior team along with fellow Islanders defense prospect Griffin Reinhart.

Carkner in for Donovan

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Matt Carkner made his first appearance in the lineup since March 4, taking Matt Donovan's spot against the Sabres. Buffalo dressed its heavyweights, John Scott and former Islander Zenon Konopka, so Jack Capuano decided to have Carkner in.

Carkner and the 6-8 Scott fought in the first period.

Donovan made a nice feed to set up Brock Nelson's second-period goal Friday, but he also had a couple of giveaways that led to Sharks goals.

Nabby: 'Weird' vs. Sharks

Evgeni Nabokov spent much of the morning Friday visiting with San Jose staffers as he prepared for his first game against his old team. Nabokov missed the Islanders' trip to San Jose in December with a strained quad, so he relished his time seeing his old workmates.

As for the game?

"It was a little different at the start," Nabokov said. "After the first 10 minutes, it was just another game. But it was weird, for sure."

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