The New York Islanders are bringing in yet another former NCAA leader after signing RIT captain Adam Brubacher to an AHL contract.
Last season, the New York Islanders signed Grant Hutton, Bobo Carpenter, and Mason Jobst from the collegiate ranks into the pros. The common thread amongst all three wasn’t just that they were going to simultaneously make the leap from the collegiate ranks to the pros, but that they were also former captains of their collegiate squad.
Defenseman Grant Hutton was the captain for Miami University (Ohio). Mason Jobst captained his Ohio State University squad for two seasons before being signed by the Isles. And Bobo Carpenter held the “C” for Boston University in his final college season.
On Thursday, the Islanders continued that trend by signing Adam Brubacher to an AHL contract.
The 6’3″ 201 lbs defenseman was the captain for RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology) a Div 1 school in the Atlantic Hockey Conference where he put up 28 points in 34 games.
Brubacher made the second-team all-conference squad this season thanks to his 0.79 points per game pace on the back-end for RIT. That pace was fourth-best for defensemen in the Atlantic Hockey conference.
Last year, Bridgeport Sound Tigers GM Chris Lamoriello spoke to Arthur Staple (subscription required) about the decision to bring in players that had worn the “C” for their team. Lamoriello indicated that while wearing the “C” wasn’t the only reason for signing the three (Hutton, Jobst, Carpenter) but it was a “nice compliment” to all three.
A huge part of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers core of veteran players departed before the 2019-20 season and the influx of younger kids like Simon Holmstrom and Oliver Wahlstrom, there was a change in the organization.
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There was a need for leadership even if it came from younger sources like the aforementioned three of Hutton, Jobst, and Carpenter. Now they can Brubacher to the mix of young leaders.