New York Islanders 2010 NHL Draft: Where Are They Now
Nino Niederreiter | Round 1, 5th overall pick
For the second time in his career Nino Niederreiter has been traded. This time to the Carolina Hurricanes. But unlike when the New York Islanders sent him to the Minnesota Wild for Cal Clutterbuck, this time he didn’t ask for the trade.
Nino was comfortable with the Wild since being moved by the Islanders. With a spot in the Wilds top six forwards and making the playoffs more years than not, you can see why he liked life in Minnesota.
Through 434 NHL games with the Wild, Nino put up 228 points (110 goals, 118 assist). Including a 57 point season just two seasons ago. He also had 18 points across 39 playoff games for the Wild. You can see why he liked it there.
But as the Wild started slipping in the standings they decided to do something and send Nino who was under-performing with 23 points in 46 games to the Carolina Hurricanes.
In Carolina, Niederreiter will be given an opportunity to be one of the teams primary forwards. He’ll get playing time with Sebastian Aho and second overall pick from 2018 Andrei Svechnikov. He’ll get a chance on the power play. And he’ll certainly put up points with a Hurricanes team that should be on the up-swing.
He’s gone from a good situation to an even better situation with the Hurricanes. They may not be challenging for the playoffs this season but this young Hurricanes team is expected to be there in the years to come. Where the aging core of the Wild is slowly starting to dwindle.