The Islanders have signed right wing Blake Comeau, the leading scorer and an alternate captain for the gold medal-winning Team Canada at this year's World Junior Championships, to a three-year contract. The 20-year old Comeau was the Islanders' second round selection (47th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
"We're very proud to have Blake as a big part of the future of our franchise," said Islanders general manager Mike Milbury. "As he demonstrated withTeam Canada and the Kelowna Rockets, Blake is a winner. He does everything well, works incredibly hard and is the ultimate team player."
The 6-1, 207-pound Comeau was the leading scorer on the Brent Sutter-coached Team Canada at the World Junior Championships. In six games, Comeau had three goals and four assists.
In 60 games this season with the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League, Comeau was 21-53-74 with 85 penalty minutes. His 53 assists tied him for second in the WHL. His offensive production increased in each of his four seasons of junior: 23, 33, 47 and 74 points. In 2003-04, Kelowna won the Memorial Cup as champion of the Canadian Hockey League.
"It's a great feeling knowing the Islanders have signed me to a contract and consider me an important part of their future," Comeau said this afternoon. "Last year's training camp with the Islanders was a good start for me. I learned what I needed to do to make it in the NHL. I took a lot of that with me when I returned to the Rockets and when I played for Team Canada."
This week Comeau, a native of Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, was named First Team all-star for the Western Conference of the WHL.
Position: Right Wing
Born: February 18, 1986 in Meadow Lake, SK
Hometown: Meadow Lake, SK
2004-2005 Team: Kelowna Rockets/WHL
Selected by the Islanders in the second round (47th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draf
| ||Regular Season ||Playoffs |
|Season ||Team ||Lge ||GP ||G ||A ||Pts ||PIM ||GP ||G ||A ||Pts ||PIM |
|2001-02 ||Kelowna Rockets ||WHL ||3 ||0 ||0 ||0 ||4 ||-- ||-- ||-- ||-- ||-- |
|2002-03 ||Kelown Rockets ||WHL ||54 ||5 ||18 ||23 ||77 ||19 ||2 ||1 ||3 ||20 |
|2003-04 ||Kelowna Rockets ||WHL ||71 ||10 ||23 ||33 ||123 ||17 ||4 ||2 ||6 ||23 |
|2004-05 ||Kelowna Rockets ||WHL ||65 ||24 ||23 ||47 ||108 ||24 ||6 ||12 ||18 ||34 |
|2005-06 ||Kelowna Rockets ||WHL ||60 ||21 ||53 ||74 ||85 || |
AWARDS AND HONORS
- Played for Team Canada at the 2003 Under-18 Championship in Yaroslavl, Russia and won the gold medal in the tournament
- Won the CHL's Memorial Cup with the Rockets in 2004
- Represented Canada at the 2006 World Junior Championships in Vancouver, where he helped lead the team to the gold medal. Comeau was Team Canada's leading scorer and wore an A.
- Selected to the WHL's 2006 Western Conference First All-Star team... Finished 13th in the WHL with 21 goals and 53 assists for 74 points in 60 games... Finished tied for second in assists in the WHL with 53.
"Blake has developed into a well-rounded player and an excellent prospect. His winning track record of three straight Memorial Cup appearances including one championship, along with being a key contributor in Canada's victory at this year's WJC are examples of his dedication and talent. Blake's attitude and hockey abilities will serve him well as he begins his professional career. Islander fans can look forward to seeing Blake contribute to the Islanders' success for many years to come."
Tony Feltrin, Islanders Head Amateur Scout