2015-16 Season: Injuries limited Eric Boulton to six games last season, the fewest of his NHL career. The Islanders tough guy only saw two games before April, but played out the final four games of the season, wearing an “A” against the Philadelphia Flyers on April 10.
Whether that becomes Boulton’s final NHL game remains to be seen, as the 40-year-old signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Islanders on July 22.
Highlight Reel Moment: Eric Boulton Drills Radko Gudas against the Flyers (Apr. 10, 2016)
The Look Ahead: While Eric Boulton hasn’t seen much on-ice action over the past three seasons, his contribution to the team has come off the ice. He’s a sounding board for captain John Tavares, is well-liked in the room and keeps players accountable during practices. He’s on a two-way deal, so he can travel back and forth between the Islanders and Bridgeport Sound Tigers this season. Matt Carkner spent a season-and-a-half in Bridgeport as a player before retiring this summer and joining the Sound Tigers coaching staff. Whether Boulton follows that same path is unknown, but wherever he is this season, he’ll be in a mentorship-type role.