Transaction: NY Islanders sign forwards Kyle MacLean and Daylan Kuefler
The end of season silence continues for NY Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello, however, if Andrew Gross' confirmation that he's returning as the man in charge on Long Island didn't convince you, his recent activity should. On morning, the Islanders signed forwards Kyle MacLean to a one-year, two-way contract and Daylan Kuefler to a three-year entry-level contract.
Maclean, 24, took part in his third season with the Islanders American Hockey League affiliate, Bridgeport Islanders, last season. The Basking Ridge, New Jersey native set career highs last season in goals (11), assists (16) and points (27) in 67 games. He also led the B-Isles in shorthanded points with five. In 157 games with the AHL Islanders, Maclean has accrued 23 goals and 36 assists for 59 points.
Kuefler, 21, is a 2022 sixth round draft pick by the Islanders, 174th overall. His entry-level deal is the first one of his professonal hockey career. He spent the last four seasons playing for the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League. Kuefler had a career WHL season last season serving as the Blazers' alternate captain, setting career highs in points (61) and assists (30) in addition to his 31 goals. In 13 playoff games, the Red Deer, Alberta native scored three goals and four assists for seven points. In his WHL and Blazers career, Kuefler totaled 144 points (77 goals, 67 assists) in 184 games. He scored 38 goals in the 2021-22 season as well as 10 goals and 17 points in 17 playoff games.
Maclean is sure to return to the B-Isles while Kuefler is likely to compete for a roster spot with the Islanders AHL affiliate. If he can't stick on the AHL roster, he'll be reassigned to the ECHL Worcester Railers along with some of the other Islander prospects.