Uniondale, NY, October 8, 2008 – The New York Islanders have claimed center Nate Thompson off waivers from the Boston Bruins. The team has also reassigned defenseman Brett Skinner to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League. The 24-year old Thompson has been added to the Islanders roster.
Thompson has spent the last three seasons with the Providence Bruins of the AHL where he was coached by Islanders head coach Scott Gordon. Thompson has played in four NHL games, all with the Bruins and all in the 2006-07 season. In 216 career AHL games – all with Providence – Thompson has scored 35 goals with 45 assists for 80 points.
You get the right the whistles at the right times, you can leave him out there. He's a beast when it comes to being on the ice. I thought [Saturday] he was a big man. That first period, he did that lateral cut and it was like three bowling pins bounced off him. There's not too many guys that can do that.
— Capitals coach Barry Trotz on Alex Ovechkin, who enters February tied for the NHL lead in goals