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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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SUNRISE, FL – APRIL 15: Calvin de Haan #44 of the New York Islanders prepares for a face-off against the Florida Panthers in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the NHL 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the BB&T Center on April 15, 2016 in /

Calvin de Haan

Sound Tiger Stats: 3 G, 18 A, 21 PTS in 76 Games (From 2011-2014)

He didn’t put up a ton of points in the AHL, not like he did when he was in junior. But there’s no doubt that the Sound Tigers groomed him into that top four defensemen the New York Islanders desperately need.

In junior, Calvin de Haan put up great stats lines. With 63 points in 65 games, he was drafted 12th overall in the 2009 draft by the Islanders. He followed that up with two seasons with the Oshawa Generals where he had 72 points in 89 games played.

Again, like we said with Ryan Pulock, defenseman take time to be NHL ready. So before going to the NHL, he stopped in the AHL with the Sound Tigers, where he played 76 games and record 21 points.

That time could have been more fruitful if it wasn’t for a similar shoulder injury in 2011-12 that’s kept him out of the lineup this season.

Since joining the Islanders from the AHL in 2013-14, de Haan has become invaluable to the team. The  New York Islanders to trade Travis Hamonic to western Canada thanks to the emergence of de Haan.

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You still can’t count de Haan as an impact player, one that takes over a game. He’s a good player, and one the New York Islanders should keep rather than have him leave in free agency.

But when it comes to the success rate of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and pumping out impact players for the Islanders, there’s clearly something to be desired.

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