NY Islanders: The Bridgeport Islanders sign forward Carsen Twarynski

Seattle Kraken v Edmonton Oilers
Seattle Kraken v Edmonton Oilers / Codie McLachlan/GettyImages

The NY Islanders AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Islanders, have added another forward to their group today, signing 26-year-old Carsen Twarynski.

The 6’2”, 198 lbs, winger from Calgary most recently played with the Vienna Capitals of the ICEHL in Austria. In 27 games with Vienna, Twarynski scored six times while adding seven assists. According to the Vienna Capitals website (translated from German), Twarynski approached the organization on Dec. 23, asking for his contract to be terminated for personal reasons, which Vienna agreed to.

Twarynski was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers 82nd overall in 2016. He played most of his four seasons with the organization in the AHL with Lehigh Valley Phantoms, also appearing in 22 games with the Flyers, scoring once. 

The Seattle Kraken selected Twarynski from the Flyers during the 2021 expansion draft, electing to pass on more prominent options left exposed, such as James Van Riemsdyk and Jakub Voracek.

"Ron [Francis] and his group in Seattle have put a lot of time and effort into their preparation, and with Carsen, they have added a good, young piece to their team," Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher said. "Carsen is a hard-working player who has grown considerably in his four seasons since he was drafted in our organization. We wish nothing but the best for him in Seattle."

Never seeing the ice in Seattle, Twarynski played one season with the Coachella Firebirds, scoring 17 goals and adding nine assists in 71 games. In 26 playoff games, he tallied eight points (5 goals, 3 assists) as the Firebirds reached the Calder Cup Finals, losing in seven games to the Hershey Bears.

Twarynski brings another element of toughness to a B-Isles lineup that sits dead last in the AHL. Sitting 32nd with 23 points through 32 games, the organization's lack of depth has reared its ugly head in the AHL.