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by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

Islanders in negotiations with highly-touted 7th overall draft choice from 2006

Kyle Okposo
Islanders fans, get ready: highly-touted prospect Kyle Okposo will be joining the Islanders family in the very near future.

The team’s 7th overall pick in the 2006 NHL draft – a tantalizing package of speed, power and grit – announced today that he is leaving the University of Minnesota in order to begin his professional hockey career.

The 6-1, 205-pound right wing will represent Team USA at the World Junior Championships before turning pro. That means a timetable of joining the Islanders organization as early as the first week in January.

But first off is the matter of a contract. has learned that Islanders general manager Garth Snow is working on an entry-level deal for the talented wing.

“We’re extremely excited about the possibility of Kyle joining our organization soon,” said Snow. “He’s a great talent, one of the most exciting prospects in the game. Kyle has the dedication and character we want for our franchise.”

A recent scouting report from Islanders assistant general manager Ryan Jankowski to included this: “Kyle’s ability to control the puck along the boards and play a power forward-style game will be a huge asset to the Islanders for a long time to come. He has a great future in our organization.”

Stay tuned to for future news of the possible arrival of Kyle Okposo.

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