2015-16 Season: After making his NHL debut in the 2014-15 playoffs, Scott Mayfield started the 2015-16 season with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. He stayed in Bridgeport until Jan. 9, when he made his season debut against the Philadelphia Flyers. In total, Mayfield played six games with the Islanders last season, scoring his first-career NHL goal against the Buffalo Sabres on Apr. 9.
In Bridgeport, Mayfield scored 12 points - including a career-high five goals - in 54 games last season. Known as an edgy, physical defenseman, Mayfield slashed his penalty minutes in half last season from 173 to 80.
Mayfield signed a two-year deal with the Islanders on July 12.
Highlight Reel Moment: Mayfield scores first NHL goal against the Buffalo Sabres (Apr. 9, 2016).
The Look Ahead: After playing 200 games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Mayfield has paid his dues in the AHL. His two-year deal is a one-way contract, so he’ll see NHL action this season (or have to pass through waivers to go to Bridgeport) though with Ryan Pulock and Adam Pelech also on the roster, there will be competition for playing time.
Mayfield (6’4, 224 lbs.) plays a gritty game and has adopted more of a shutdown role in his time with the Islanders and Sound Tigers and isn't afraid to drop the gloves. He likely won’t change his style with the Islanders, but his decreased penalty minutes totals suggest that he’s refined his game to stay effective while staying out of the box. Mayfield has earned his chance to compete in the NHL, but first, he has to win the competition in camp.