The New York Islanders have had many interesting players in recent seasons. Here’s a look at where one player from the 2017-2018 roster is now.
Over the past ten years, New York Islanders fans have been through it all. We have seen the worst of the worst and also have gotten to see some great teams and performances, all capped by a run to the Eastern Conference finals last year.
There has been one player who has had an extremely interesting career and it is interesting to look at where he is playing now. That player is Shane Prince.
Originally drafted in the second round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Senators, Prince was a prospect with a lot of upside and potential. The Islanders decided to trade for him at the deadline, while making a playoff push in 2015-2016.
The Islanders sent a a 2016 third round draft slot to Ottawa in exchange for Prince and a seventh rounder in 2016. The Islanders wound up selecting David Quennville with that draft pick, who was eventually traded to the Devils this past season for Andy Greene.
Prince was a regular mainstay in the Islanders lineup for the rest of that season and helped them secure a playoff spot. In the playoffs, he had three goals and one assist in eleven games. His goals were timely and helped the Islanders win their first playoff round in 23 years.
Those performances helped Prince earn a two-year extension with the Islanders with an average annual value (“AAV”) of $850,000.
Unfortunately, Prince had nothing but bad luck in an injury-filled 2017-2018 season. He was an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season and the Islanders let him walk. From there, Prince signed a lucrative deal in the summer of 2018 with HC Davos of Switzerland to get his career on track.
Sixteen games into his stint with Davos, Prince decided to terminate his contract with the top Swiss club. Three days later, the now 28-year-old, signed a contract with Sibir Novosibirsk of the KHL (Russia).
He did stay the rest of 2018-2019 with Sibir and in the summer of 2019 he signed with Dinamo Minsk, a Belarusian team that competes in the KHL.
Prince has currently been with Dinamo the past two seasons and had 29 points in 55 games last year. This season, Prince is off to a hot start. He has 12 goals, 10 assists, a +11 plus/minus, and 31 penalty minutes in 25 games.
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It is safe to say that Prince has had an interesting path since leaving the Islanders. As of now, it looks like he may have found a home with Dinamo and it is great to see he is performing well in the top Russian league.
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