The Islanders have dipped into the college ranks and signed highly-touted forward Trevor Smith to a two-year contract. Smith scored 21 goals and added 22 assists for 43 points in 38 games for the University of New Hampshire this season.
"On the list of available college players, Trevor was right at the top," said Islanders general manager Garth Snow. "Our scouts watched him regularly throughout the season. Besides his obvious skills, one of the other things they loved about Trevor's game is that he is always around the puck. The Islanders are very happy Trevor made the decision to join our organization."
The 6-1, 190-pound Smith yesterday joined the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Islanders, for the remainder of the season and playoffs.
In his two seasons at New Hampshire, the 22-year old Smith played in 77 games, scoring 31 goals and adding 32 assists for 63 points and 73 penalty minutes. Prior to college, the North Vancouver native played for the Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League. In his one season at Omaha, Smith was 29-39-68 in 60 games.