For the past few seasons, Dylan Resse, the former Harvard Crimson, was doing the Bridgeport shuffle. Basically, he was the number 7 player on defensive depth chart. He would fill in a lot over the past few seasons, with all of the defensive injuries that the Islanders incurred. And for the most part, he performed solidly.
Reese is not a flashy defenseman; he is a smooth skater, who have a nice first pass. He does not have a booming shot, but is quite accurate, and scored three goals for the Islanders over his three seasons.
He also performed well for Bridgeport in the AHL and was one of their important veteran defensemen. I was quite comfortable with Reese when he came up. You knew that he would be a solid player – working a simple game, not making mistakes.
With the new acquisitions of Matt Carkner and Lubomir Vishnovsky, Reese was no longer needed on the big club, and since signed a free agent contract with his hometown Pittsburgh Penguins. The Islanders will lose his experience and calm play, but he will get the chance to play in his home, which for any player would be a notch higher than any situation.
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