2015-16 Season: Alan Quine made the most of his opportunity at the end of the regular season, turning a two-game call up from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers into a playoff roster spot with the Islanders.
He made his NHL debut against the Buffalo Sabres on Apr. 9, scoring his first NHL goal in a 4-3 OT loss, was returned two days later to Bridgeport, but recalled by the Islanders for the playoffs. Quine became an unlikely hero for the Islanders, scoring the double-OT winner against the Florida Panthers in a pivotal Game 5. That goal allowed the Islanders to return home up 3-2 in the series, which they closed out in Game 6. Quine played a role in that win as well, picking up the secondary assist on John Tavares’ game-winning goal.
Quine signed a two-year deal with the Islanders on July 13.
Highlight Reel Moment: Quine's double-OT winner against the Panthers in Gm. 5 (Apr. 22, 2016)
The Look Ahead: Quine’s paid his dues in the minor leagues and earned his one-way deal with a strong performance last spring. The Islanders 2013 sixth-rounder was originally a Detroit Red Wings third-rounder in 2011, but re-entered the draft. His path wasn’t easy - and it even included a stint in the ECHL in his first year in the Islanders’ organization - but he stuck with it.
He led the Bridgeport Sound Tigers with 61 points (23G, 38A) in 2014-15, so after proving himself in the American Hockey League, he’s going to get that chance now at the NHL level. The next step for him is to play with the same tenacity he showed during the playoffs last spring.
The Islanders currently have 14 forwards on one-way deals, so Quine may not get in for all 82 games, but now the 23-year-old is in the NHL and it’s up to him to continue his ascent.