Here is a guy who went from playing in one organization to being traded to the Islanders and then being called up days after that. Basically, with all of the injuries to the back line at the time, the Islanders desperately needed someone to plug the proverbial hole. Thus, in stepped Dylan Reese.
Reese played in 19 games, and picked up a pair of goals and a pair of assists. He also was a +4. Frankly, he simply did a great job being literally put right into the fire. He adjusted to the NHL rather quickly, and I can recall Billy Jaffe making the observation a number of times in regard to how well Reese was playing his position and making the “smart plays”. I don’t think we could have asked for much more from the guy under the circumstances.
It’s hard to grade a guy who played under 20 games, but I’d still have to give him a B. He really stepped into a difficult situation and made the best of it. The unfortunate reality, however, is it’s highly unlikely that he will find himself making the top 6 for the big club next season. I, of course, could be entirely wrong about this, but it seems that the Islanders may be looking at a few future prospects who might be ready to make the jump to the NHL. Thus, Reese’s potential role on the Isles would be quite limited at best.