The New York Islanders announced today that forward Rhett Rakhshani has been recalled from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League (AHL).
Rakhshani, 22, leads all Sound Tigers in goals (10), assists (22) and points (32) through the first 39 games of his rookie season. The Huntington Beach, CA, native’s 32 points lead all AHL rookies. This marks the second career NHL call-up for Rakhshani, who made his NHL debut with the Islanders on Dec. 13 against the Nashville Predators.
The Islanders drafted Rakhshani in the fourth round, 100th overall, of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. Last year, during his senior campaign at Denver University, the 5-10, 190-pound forward captained the Pioneers to a WCHA regular-season championship, a Gold Pan Trophy and a Wells Fargo Denver Cup Championship. Rakhshani was named a Hobey Baker Award Top-10 finalist, a Reebok First-Team West All-American, an Inside College Hockey First-Team All-American, and he was selected to the All-College Hockey News First Team, the All-USCHO Second Team and the All-WCHA First Team. Rakhshani led Denver in scoring with a career-high 50 points (21g/29a).