The New York Islanders have agreed to a two-year contract extension with Mitch Vande Sompel, their third-rounder from 2015.
The Islanders completed another depth signing today, signing RFA Mitch Vande Sompel. Back in 2015, the Isles selected him in round three 82nd overall. After spending two more seasons in the OHL he made his way over to the AHL.
He had a solid campaign in his first year with the team in 2017-2018, putting up 29 points (7 goals, 22 assists) in 58 games. He followed that up with 31 points (10 goals, 21 assists) the following year getting an increased role with the Sound Tigers.
This past year, the then 22-year-old missed the entirety of the season due to an arm injury he suffered in training camp. Now, with this new deal, he’ll look to get his career back on track.
Vande Sompel was inked to a two-year and two-way deal. In year one, he’ll get $700K NHL/$90K minors and year two $750K/$125K minors with $175K guaranteed. The cap hit on this deal is $725K according to Puck Pedia.
I’d imagine that he will come to NHL training camp with a chance to make the roster. In all likelihood, he will be utilized in Bridgeport, unless there’s an injury, but there is some intrigue with Vande Sompel.
He’s on the smaller side at just five-foot-eleven, but he does have some offensive skill to his game. He’s definitely someone to keep a close eye on in Bridgeport this upcoming year. If Sebastian Aho isn’t on the NHL roster, those two will play big roles on the left side in the AHL.
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Lou Lamoriello continues to round out the bottom of the roster while the cap crunch continues for the big squad. This isn’t a sexy move by any stretch of the imagination but keeping Vande Sompel around for an extended look is the right call.