Islanders Free Agency

New York Islanders Extend Shane Prince

By Brian Dollard
Apr 27, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Islanders center Shane Prince (11) celebrates with the bench after scoring a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period in game one of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 27, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Islanders center Shane Prince (11) celebrates with the bench after scoring a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period in game one of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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New York Islanders take a chance and sign Shane Prince, 23 year old left wing, to a two year $1,700,000 contract with an AAV of $850,000.

A native of Rochester, NY, Shane Prince was the last player picked in the second round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Chosen by the Ottawa Senators, Prince played minor hockey for the OHL’s Ottawa 67’s.

Shane Prince played one more year in juniors after his draft, scoring 90 points in 57 games played. He spent three years with the AHL Binghamton Senators, scoring 148 points in 206 games. He debuted in the NHL in 2014-15, playing in two games for Ottawa.

Last season, Prince spent his season playing 42 games with the Senators, scoring 12 points. He was then traded to the New York Islanders at the deadline with a seventh round pick, in exchange for a third round pick.

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Prince then played 20 regular season games with the Islanders scoring 5 points. He finished his rookie campaign with 17 points in 62 games.

Prince elevated his game in the playoffs, playing all of the New York Islanders 11 games, with three goals and an assist.

New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano used Prince an average of 12:30 minutes per game.

He’s not afraid to shoot the puck and had an 11.5% shooting percentage, scoring three goals for the Islanders on 26 shots. Prince has a 50% Corsi For in his career, and starts 51.6% of his shifts in his own zone.

Putting him on a line with forwards like Ryan Strome and Brock Nelson will give him the chance to play with the puck more,  and it could ignite the scoring ability Prince had in juniors and the AHL.

The trio played together in the playoffs and produced two beautiful goals in game one against the Lightning. It’s definitely worth it to give them a go together.

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The contract is a good deal for Garth Snow. Under a million dollars provides a young forward to fill out the middle six for the Islanders. Snow was also able to keep Prince under team control, with still having restricted free agency at its expiration.

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