Last season, the Islanders traded veteran goaltender Dwayne Roloson to Tampa Bay in December and in a somewhat rare event didn’t get a draft pick in return. Coming from the Lightning was Ty Wishart, a former first round pick of the San Jose Sharks in 2006 and possessing a 6-4/215 frame that the Islanders desperately needed (and still do).
After being assigned to Bridgeport initially, Wishart would get the call to the big club late in the year and played decently. He had 5 points in 20 games with just over a hit and a shot per game. The real surprise was his corsi, easily the best on the team last year among defensemen. 20 games is a small sample but enough to show that he belonged in the organization and, given time, could help the team.
Fast forward to 2011-12 and Wishart was nowhere to be found when the Islanders needed defensive call ups. The first man out of the gate was Dylan Reese. Reese had the most experience by far out of any of the defenders that started the year in Bridgeport, so being the first to get the call early on in the season wasn’t a shocker. As we’ve seen, Reese has handled the role pretty well.
Next up was Calvin de Haan, the prospect with the most potential upside. Again, not an indictment of Wishart to be passed over for de Haan but if the team was going on experience, the 23 year old Wishart would now be next in line? Well, not so fast. When Travis Hamonic got bloodied the team turned to Aaron Ness and the talk of Wishart in forums and Twitter got louder. With the Islanders heading out on a road-trip across the continent for the week, Wishart may be the insurance they need in case of injury.
The Islanders finally recalled Wishart this morning, returning Rhett Rakhshani to Bridgeport at the same time.
Clearly, Wishart is not the one of the first three options from Bridgeport and as a mid-first rounder who has already bounced around twice, expectations should be tempered. Two clubs were willing to part with him and while that doesn’t mean he’s damaged goods, that’s two clubs who thought they were better off without him.
Given how the Islanders have operated this year, waivers likely played an important role. Unless it’s an emergency situation (it’s not), Wishart would have to clear waivers to be returned to Bridgeport once called up. As we’ve seen, the team has chosen to use emergency recalls as much as possible throughout the year to minimize the need for sending players through waivers. The situation is different for both de Haan and Ness who can move about freely.
So the team is taking Wishart on the road trip. With the whole work week spent on the road to Winnipeg and on to St. Louis before returning home late Thursday, it’s a good idea to have an extra man with you. It’s possible we may be seeing him for an extended stay since I imagine there will be a reluctance to put him through waivers.
The Sound Tigers won yet again Sunday night, 2-1 over the CT Whale. We’ll flash back to Saturday night’s 8-1 win over Springfield though. Here’s the third goal of Micheal Haley’s three goal performance courtesy islesenforcers Youtube channel.
Unfortunately, the video didn’t show the lone hat on the ice to celebrate the trick from Kevin Poulin.
— Kevin Poulin (@KevinPoulin60) February 12, 2012
MEANWHILE IN MONTREAL…
There’s another fanbase that isn’t happy with the current state of affairs. They’ve been a bit distracted by the whole Scott Gomez not scoring thing and the Randy Cunneyworth Doesn’t Speak Much French thing to worry about a whole lot else, though. After last week’s game on Long Island, they’re reveling in Scott Gomez actually scoring a goal, complete with parodies of those ‘History Will Be Made’ ads that Versus ran last year. The question at the end of this one is pretty great.