New York Islanders forward Michael Dal Colle signed a two-year extension with the team today after a solid performance in 2018-19.
Things haven’t gone according to plan for New York Islanders forward Michael Dal Colle. After being drafted fifth overall in 2014, the Woodbridge Ontario native has had a hard time getting to the NHL.
It’s been five years since the New York Islanders took him in the first round over players like William Nylander (seventh overall), Dylan Larkin (15th overall), or David Pasternak (25th overall). And since, Dal Colle has only featured in 32 NHL games. Only Colorado’s Connor Bleackley (23rd overall) has fewer NHL games with zero.
It’s certainly not where we all thought Dal Colle would be five years after being drafted after an impressive 316 points in 246 games at the junior level.
But with a solid 2018-19 season, Dal Colle earned a two-year deal from the Islanders at a
What a difference a single year makes. Just last year the bust word was associated with Michael Dal Colle after a 24 point season with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
But this year, things just clicked for Dal Colle. In 34 games with the Sound Tigers, he scored 18 goals and 34 points. When injuries hit the Islanders roster there was no reason to leave Dal Colle in the AHL.
He finally got his shot at the NHL.
In 28 games he scored three goals and seven points. Over the course of a full season that’s a 21 point pace. Not a great return, but serviceable.
Dal Colle earned his coaches trust in that short cameo for his play on both sides of the puck. And with that, he earned himself a two-year deal with the team.
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Micheal Dal Colle will play in the NHL this season. He earned it.