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Niederreiter Finding His Groove

by Travis Betts / New York Islanders

Nino Niederreiter has a history of putting up points. Whether it’s on Swiss national teams or on his junior club, the Portland Winterhawks, Niederreiter has been counted on to produce. During two seasons in Portland he totaled 130 points (77 goals, 53 assists) in 120 games, playing in all different situations while earning first line minutes.

Last season’s self-admitted disappointment of one goal in 55 NHL games is behind him now, and he is at Bridgeport Sound Tigers Training Camp, where he’s preparing to log heavy, important minutes once again.

“Obviously it’s going to help me a lot,” Niederreiter said of an increased role with the Sound Tigers. “It’s a great opportunity to prove myself. I know what kind of player I am. I know what kind of player I want to be, so I’m excited for that opportunity and to learn from the great coaching staff here.”

And while he’s learning from the Sound Tigers coaches, he’s also giving his two rookie linemates – Brock Nelson and Kirill Kabanov – some tips from experiences he had in his first pro season.


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