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.
I'm just excited about the opportunity. I've been on the ice earlier than usual and in the weight room, pushing around a little more weights than usual. Every day I go into a workout with a smile on my face and ready to go. When you do have a little more responsibility, you want to take your lunch pail and get ready to work.
— Brian Elliott to Jeremy Rutherford of the Post-Dispatch on being the Blues' No. 1 goalie