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Islanders sign Gallant to entry-level contract

Tuesday, 02.05.2013 / 2:25 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

The New York Islanders and forward Brett Gallant have agreed to terms on a one-year, entry-level contract.

Gallant, 24, is in the midst of his fourth professional season and third year with the Islanders American Hockey League affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. The Summerside, Prince Edward Island native has appeared in 37 games this season, registering 174 penalty minutes, ranking him third in the AHL.

Over the past three seasons, Gallant has skated in 77 games with the Sound Tigers, totaling three goals, one assist and 327 penalty minutes. He's also spent time with the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL, as well as the Elmira Jackals and Reading Royals of the ECHL. Over his four professional seasons, Gallant has recorded nine points (five goals, four assists) with 649 penalty minutes in 143 combined games.

Prior to turning professional, Gallant skated for both the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and for his hometown Summerside Western Capitals in the Maritime Junior Hockey League. Gallant had a breakout year in his final season of junior hockey, recording 73 points (24 goals, 49 assists) and 235 penalty minutes in 50 games with Summerside during the 2008-09 campaign, en route to the Kent Cup title.

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery