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Okposo gets five-year contract from Islanders

Wednesday, 05.25.2011 / 5:26 PM / News

By Greg Picker - NHL.com Staff Writer

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Okposo gets five-year contract from Islanders
The New York Islanders have locked up another important young forward, agreeing to terms with restricted free agent Kyle Okposo on a five-year contract. 

"I'm very excited to commit to the Islanders for the next five years, especially with the news of the new Coliseum," Okposo told the Islanders team website. "This team really showed its potential in the second half of the season last year and I'm excited to be a part of getting the franchise back to the playoffs."

Taken with the seventh pick in the 2006 Entry Draft, Okposo scored 5 goals while adding 15 assists in 38 games this past season. He sat out the first half of 2010-11 with a shoulder injury.

In his three-year NHL career, the St. Paul, Minn., native has 44 goals and 116 points in 192 games. 

"Kyle has been a critical part of our young core over the past few seasons," said Islanders General Manager Garth Snow in a press release. "He is a high character guy that brings size and a scoring touch to our lineup."

Prior to playing in the NHL, Okposo played spent two years at the University of Minnesota and played with the Des Moines Buccaneers of the USHL.

Terms of the contract were not released.

The Islanders also recently signed Michael Grabner to a five-year contract and gave Matt Moulson a three-year deal.
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