New York Islanders have assigned young defensemen Adam Pelech and Ryan Pulock to the AHL Bridgeport Sound Tigers, cutting their roster down to 23 ahead of Thursday’s season opener.
The news may come as a surprise to some fans, who expected at least one of the pair to make the team this week, but the arrival of Dennis Seidenberg may have ultimately sent the club in a different direction.
The veteran blue liner now looks set to join Johnny Boychuck, Nick Leddy, Travis Hamonic, Thomas Hickey and Calvin de Haan in the lineup for Thursday’s game against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. The Islanders home opener isn’t until Sunday, when Anaheim will visit the Barclays Center, with Jack Capuano’s side travelling to Washington on Saturday.
Selected 15th overall in 2013, Pulock made 15 appearances for the Islanders last season, scoring two goals and four points. The Dauphin, Manitoba native also featured in six play-off games, registering one goal and three points.
He has two years remaining on his current deal, worth $863,333 per season.
22-year-old Pelech, who was drafted in the third round (65th overall) in 2012, also made his NHL debut last season, making nine appearances for the franchise, picking up two assists, before being ruled out for 36 games due to an upper body injury.
The Toronto native will become a restricted free agent next summer.
As part of their roster cuts the Islanders also waived Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau this week, with the veteran winger claimed by New Jersey on Tuesday, but chose to keep rookies Anthony Beauvillier and Mathew Barzal with the squad, as well as goaltender Jean-Francois Berube.