Islanders, Sound Tigers sign defensemen for next season
The New York Islanders and Bridgeport Sound Tigers each added a defenseman for the 2020-21 season on Thursday. Both could wind up in Bridgeport.
The Islanders announced they’d signed Samuel Bolduc, their second-round pick in last year’s NHL draft, to his three-year, entry-level contract. The Sound Tigers announced that Adam Brubacher has agreed to terms on an AHL deal.
Bolduc, 19, put up 43 points in 61 games in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League before the season ended because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Listed at 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, Bolduc was the 57th pick in last June’s draft.
Brubacher, 24, completed four years at RIT, scoring between 23 and 31 points in each season. He had 28 points, including 24 assists, this season, which the pandemic cut short in the Atlantic Hockey quarterfinals.
He and former RIT teammate Erik Brown attended the Islanders’ development camp last summer on Long Island. Brown, a forward, signed with the Sound Tigers for this season but has missed it with a lower-body injury he suffered in a preseason game.
Both contracts are for next season. They could conceivably join Bridgeport on amateur tryouts in the unlikely event this AHL season, suspended on March 12, continues.
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