Thursday, May 27, 2010

Isles Ink Hamonic

As noted in my Pool Outlook for the Islanders, I thought Travis Hamonic is going to make a good push for a regular spot on the blueline in 2011 and on Thursday, he was able to make one of the bigger first steps happen, by signing his entry-level deal.  The 2008 2nd round pick signed your typical 3-year deal with the club, but unfortunately the salary cap details have not been posted yet on, so it's hard to say how much help he'd give the team to reach the cap floor, if he makes the opening night roster.

Hamonic was able to play in the Memorial Cup Final game with the Brandon Wheat Kings after being dealt midway through the season from the Moose Jaw Warriors.  As a blueliner, he put up some pretty decent numbers in the WHL and with his style of play, both hard hitting and somewhat offensive, he had the pieces in place to be in the big game before too long.

The Islanders are fairly stocked up on the blueline already, but I'm sure there is plenty of wiggle room for a kid like Hamonic could sneak into.

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