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New York Islanders Top 5 Players Developed From AHL In Last 5 Years

BRIDGEPORT, CT - DECEMBER 19: Matt Donovan #24 of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers celebrates his second goal of the game which turned out to be the game winner against the Albany Devils at the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard on December 19, 2012 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The Sound Tigers defeated the Devils 4-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
BRIDGEPORT, CT - DECEMBER 19: Matt Donovan #24 of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers celebrates his second goal of the game which turned out to be the game winner against the Albany Devils at the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard on December 19, 2012 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The Sound Tigers defeated the Devils 4-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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BRIDGEPORT, CT – DECEMBER 19: Matt Donovan #24 of the New York Islanders affiliate Bridgeport Sound Tigers celebrates his second goal of the game which turned out to be the game winner against the Albany Devils at the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard on December 19, 2012 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The Sound Tigers defeated the Devils 4-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers are at the disposal of the New York Islanders. They are there to develop their talented but not yet ready young players. It’s something they haven’t done well recently.

When the New York Islanders draft a player or sign them right out of junior they often don’t make it to the NHL immediately. Outside of the exceptional talents like John Tavares or Josh Bailey (seriously Bailey went straight to the NHL).

So it’s up to the team in Bridgeport to develop these young players and turn them into NHL caliber talent. If Brent Thompson and his team can be successful at turning these boys into men then the Islanders can, in turn, be successful.

At the end of the 2017-18 NHL season, both Josh Ho-Sang and Michael Dal Colle had yet to make the NHL. Both were first-round picks in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Both should be in the NHL by now.

To be fair, both have significant responsibility when it comes to making it to the NHL. They are after all the ones out there playing. But then, the team also has a responsibility to these players as well. They need to set their young players up to succeed.

As you’ll see the Bridgeport Sound Tigers haven’t had a track record of success in developing players over the last five year. They also haven’t had a track record of just success either. Missing out on the AHL playoffs for 15 years straight. Yeah, 15 years.

You’ll see that outside of an exception or two, the sounds tigers haven’t developed any impact players for the Islanders. Players that can take over and win a game.  At the very least you’ll notice they have a “type”.

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