The Islanders have signed defenseman Calvin de Haan to a three-year entry-level deal, the team announced earlier today.
De Haan, who suffered a season-ending shoulder injury after participating in the World Juniors in January, is currently in New York working with Isles strength and conditioning coach Jesse Demers to continue his rehab and bulk up this summer.
After being selected 11 spots behind his former Oshawa teammate John Tavares at last year's draft, the 18-year-old de Haan had a strong training camp for the Isles in Saskatoon this summer. His biggest obstacle? Size and strength.
That's why de Haan (5 goals and 19 assists in 34 games for the Generals this season) is coming in early to get a leg up on an important offseason.
The Islanders will focus their efforts on another top defensive prospect,Travis Hamonic, however they cannot do so yet. Although Hamonic's Brandon Wheat Kings were ousted in the WHL playoffs by the Calgary Hitmen, the Wheat Kings play host to this year's Memorial Cup and gain entry into the tournament as a result.
Once Hamonic's season is over, expect him to sign soon after...