The New York Islanders have acquired forward Tyler Kennedy from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a conditional pick in the 2015 or 2016 NHL Draft. The condition is that San Jose will receive either the Islanders seventh round selection in the 2015 NHL Draft, or the Tampa Bay Lightning’s seventh round pick in 2015 (previously acquired by the Islanders). If the Islanders win the Stanley Cup and Kennedy plays in at least 50% of the games in the Final, the Islanders will instead trade the later pick of either their third round pick in 2016 or Vancouver’s third round pick (previously acquired) in the 2016 NHL Draft.
Kennedy, 28, scored nine points (four goals, five assists) in 25 games this season, his second with San Jose. The Sault Ste. Marie, ON, native spent the first six seasons of his NHL career with the Pittsburgh Penguins, winning a Stanley Cup in 2009.
Pittsburgh Selected Kennedy in the fourth round (99th overall) of the 2004 NHL Draft. In 464 career games with Pittsburgh and San Jose, he scored 194 points (84 goals, 110 assists). Kennedy also has 27 points (12 goals, 15 assists) in 76 Stanley Cup Playoffs games with the Penguins.
Prior to his professional career, Kennedy played four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.