The New York Islanders have agreed to terms with six players to add depth throughout the organization. Center Mike Iggulden and defenseman Brett Skinner, both AHL All-Stars last season, have been added along with forwards Kurtis McLean and Mitch Fritz, defenseman Chris Lee and goaltender Peter Mannino. All six players have been signed to one-year, two-way contracts.
|Mike Iggulden |
has been a member of the San Jose Sharks organization for the past three seasons and had a career year during the 2007-08 season with the Worcester Sharks, scoring 29 goals and 37 assists for 66 points. The Cornell graduate totaled 81 goals and 90 assists for 171 points during his three seasons of playing with the San Jose Sharks AHL affiliate. Iggulden was recalled by San Jose for his first career NHL game last season on February 18th against the Islanders.
|Brett Skinner |
spent last season with the Providence Bruins and also posted career-best numbers in 2007-08 with the Bruins, scoring seven goals and 40 assists for 47 points. The 25 year-old has played three seasons in the AHL with the Manitoba Moose, Portland Pirates and Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights totaling 17 goals and 73 assists for 90 points. Prior to his AHL career, Skinner played three seasons with the University of Denver, winning two National Championships in 2004 and 2005.
|Kurtis McLean |
was one of the most consistent members of the American Hockey League’s Eastern Conference Champion Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins last season. A graduate of Norwich University, McLean compiled career-high numbers while centering one of the Penguins' top lines last season with 22 goals and 32 assists for 54 points in 76 games. The 27 year-old Kirkland, ON native also had 19 points during the Penguins’ playoff run. McLean has spent his entire professional career within the Pittsburgh Penguins’ organization. In the past three seasons in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, McLean has scored 42 goals and 59 assists for 101 points in 163 contests. In 57 games with the Wheeling Nailers of ECHL, McLean totaled 42 goals and 37 assists for 79 points.
|Mitch Fritz |
has a total of 234 AHL games of experience over the course of eight AHL seasons, totaling 11 goals and 13 assists for 24 points while compiling 703 penalty minutes. Fritz has played for the Lowell Lock Monsters, Hamilton Bulldogs, St. John’s Flames, Milwaukee Admirals, Worcester Sharks, Springfield Falcons and Hartford Wolf Pack during his AHL career. The 27 year-old played with Hartford last season but played in only 11 games due to injury. Fritz is the winner of the AHL’s 2006 Yanick Dupre Memorial Award for the player who gives the most to the community.
|Chris Lee |
spent the 2007-08 season with the Iowa Stars of the AHL and has seen action with four different teams over the course of his career. Last season, Lee scored seven goals and 28 assists for 35 points in 68 games with Iowa. In 104 career AHL games, Lee has recorded 11 goals and 35 assists for 46 points. Since 2004-05, Lee has spent parts of seasons with the Albany River Rats, Bridgeport Sound Tigers and Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights, respectively.
|Peter Mannino |
graduated from the University of Denver this spring after playing for the Pioneers for four seasons. Last season, Mannino a native from Farmington Hills, Michigan, played in 40 of the team’s 41 contests and had a record of 25-14-1 with a 2.27 goals against average and a .917 save percentage. The 24 year-old played in 103 contests over his career at Denver, ranking first in school history in shutouts with 15, second in save percentage with .917, and third in goals against average at 2.35 and wins with 63. As a freshman, Mannino led Denver to a National Championship in 2005.