Future Considerations

More Than A New York Minute for Niederreiter
September 13, 2010, 6:50 pm
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From Aaron Vickers, Future Considerations:

Nino Niederreiter may be donning the Islanders jersey for longer than a New York minute.

Originally reported by Dean Millard and Guy Flaming of The Pipeline Show, there is growing momentum for the idea that the Portland Winterhawks standout will not be returned to his WHL club.

At least not in the near future.

Islanders head coach Scott Gordon, in an interview with Chris Botta at Islanders Point Blank, indicated that like Josh Bailey and John Tavares before him, Niederreiter will be given an opportunity to be in New York this season.

“If you look at our history, we have given our top draft picks a chance as teenagers,” Gordon told Point Blank. “Josh (Bailey) had the opportunity because of some injuries we had at the time. He made the most of the opportunity when we looked at him for those nine days (before a year would come off his Entry Level contract). John Tavares making our club last year wasn’t a surprise to anyone. He earned it. Nino is going to get the same chance.”

But Niederreiter in New York isn’t a certainty.

If the Islanders decide to keep Niederreiter for the entire season, it will move the fifth overall pick one year closer to unrestricted free agency. Gordon told Point Blank that if they are to burn a year of Niederreiter’s free agency, he’ll have to play an important role on the club.

“For us to keep him here this season, Nino has to be more than a fourth-liner for us,” he said.

Aaron Vickers is the managing editor of Future Considerations. Follow him on Twitter @ www.twitter.com/VickersFC


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