Monday, March 01, 2010

Islanders Make A Minor Deal In AHL


The New York Islanders, parent club of the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers, have acquired defenseman Dylan Reese from the Columbus Blue Jackets, parent club of the AHL's Syracuse Crunch, in exchange for center Greg Moore.

Reese will join the Sound Tigers on Tuesday as they take on the Hershey Bears. Moore has been assigned to Syracuse.

The trade is pending the completion of player physicals.

Reese, a graduate of Harvard University, has played in 51 games this season for the Crunch and scored four goals and 18 assists for 22 points. He has a plus-12 rating and 31 penalty minutes this season.

A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Reese played the last two seasons with the San Antonio Rampage, totaling 35 points (two goals and 33 assists) in 134 games. He was drafted by the New York Rangers in the seventh round (209th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

The 25-year-old Reese played in 10 games for the Hartford Wolf Pack in the 2006-07, accumulating four assists, after completing his final season at Harvard.

Paul's Thoughts: As most Islanders fans learned from last year, you can never have enough defenseman. Time will tell if Reese will become more than just a minor league player with a brain. I think the next 20 or so games is to get him acclimated to Gordons system, while the real test will come at training camp. Who knows, he could be a nice addition.

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