Prospect Jesse Graham Signs Three-Year Deal

Saginaw Spirit defender Jesse Graham agreed to a three-year entry level deal with the Islanders today, the deadline for the team to sign non-college players from the 2012 draft.

Graham’s signing means the Islanders have now signed all of their 2012 picks save for two. If you recall, that 2012 draft was the one where the Islanders selected entirely defenders. The two remaining are Doyle Somerby and Jake Bischoff, who are taking the longer-term Anders Lee route, as they are in college and don’t need to be signed until they leave school.

Graham split this season in the OHL between Saginaw and Niagara, having been traded by the latter in the fall. Between the two, he scored 54 points in 66 games. He also got a quick trial with the Sound Tigers at the end of the year and put up 4 points in 7 games there.




189 comments
Macacawitz
Macacawitz

Admittedly, the combine means little.  I would however site this note of caution.  The other recent presumptive #1 who tested poorly in the combine was Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.  Demonstrated poor upper body strength.  To this point Nugent-Hopkins has to be considered a disappointment.  

mrcisback
mrcisback

 I just read something pretty shocking about top prospect Sam Bennett who was rated #1 in the 2014 NHL draft by central scouting. He couldn't even do 1 pull-up at the draft combine. Watch this guy slip to the NY Islanders at 5. I mean thats pretty bad. Maybe the first 4 teams are going to steer clear of this guy. He might be the player who falls like Cam Fowler did a couple of years ago. If i were the Islanders i might have second thoughts if he's there at 5.

marcus81
marcus81

Rangers will have to play inspired hockey it seems

marcus81
marcus81

I'm still mad at the Isles for trading Turgeon for Muller, even though both players have been retired for years, and then not keeping Ziggy

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

LA and Chicago beat the hell out each other in this series.  According to CBC, there were 3X as many hits per game in this series as in the Habs-Rangers series.  LA has to be exhausted.  I think this gives a rested Ranger team a considerable advantage. 

ivo
ivo

Go KINGS GO!

mrcisback
mrcisback

  LA looks like the team of destiny more then the Rangers do. They came back from 3 games down to beat San Jose. They won 3 7 game series in a row and beat 3 of the top 4 teams in the league in these playoffs.

Isleguy27
Isleguy27

It's Hammer time Rangers! Hammer…Bammer…Slammer.

mrcisback
mrcisback

          Rangers meet your brick wall.

shlo
shlo

No dynasty in Chicago.

steviel
steviel

incredible hockey game

shlo
shlo

No matter how this game ends, it's a WOW game.

jimmydev
jimmydev

@mrcisback No they should draft the weakling he would fit right in. Just like Corey Trevino and the vaunted 2008 draft in which only Hamonic has panned out!

Scott Weinstein
Scott Weinstein

@mrcisback I'm sure there are kids who could do thousands of chinups that couldn't put the puck in the ocean. If Bennett shocking drops into our laps at 5, we'd be crazy not to grab him.

Don22
Don22

@mrcisback What's wrong with that?  I can't do a pull up either.  OK, so I'm an overweight 44 year old with a bad back, but so what?

Isleguy27
Isleguy27

Wow. You've got issues then. Lol

jimmydev
jimmydev

@Macacawitz imagine the wimpy isles competing against these teams? not in a million years!

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

if anything, it evens the playing field becuase LA is a much more well rounded team.  i forget who was being interviewed but they said it best on LA, if you're visibly tired in the stanley cup finals then theres something wrong.  theyre going to work off of adrenaline and be just fine. 

Don22
Don22

@orange2327 Do you think somewhere the Kings management is saying....whew, good think we decided to pass on Vanek and take Gaborik instead??

mrcisback
mrcisback

@orange2327 I think if the Islanders could have pulled off Tyler Toffoli for Vanek then we might have forgot how bad the original trade really was.

tag1
tag1

In someone's dreams

steviel
steviel

@mrcisback honestly think the Kings were the tougher matchup for the Rangers. Lundquist will need to be amazing!  

dkdk
dkdk

Another thing breaking right for the rags

steviel
steviel

@orange2327 remember the feeling when the Isles played in games like this? Will never forget the feeling when Morrow beat Hanlon and the Rags in OT! It was incredible!


steviel
steviel

@shlo intensity is unbelievable. I'm thinking Toews does something and they immediately build a statue of him I wonder how his brother is doing? :)

steviel
steviel

@orange2327 Man I loved that team, everyone of them! To think they won 19 straight playoff series and  now this franchise is going on  21 years without 1 series win! Who would have believed it!

dkdk
dkdk

Garry Howatt going at with stan Jonathan in the penalty box

marcus81
marcus81

@Isleguy27  just goes to show how this team goes backwards, you root for them out of sentimentality, not because you expect them to win, getting rid of Laviolette was another Islander gaf, players that have played for the Islanders have better careers elsewhere

steviel
steviel

@orange2327 the Kings are to physical upfront and they have Doughty and Quick! Kings in 5!

tag1
tag1

Kings bend but they don't break

tag1
tag1

The only way that trade was happening was if snow was the GM of the Kings

Isleguy27
Isleguy27

I would prefer the Isles select one of the top ranked Left Wingers.

Don22
Don22

@mrcisback @steviel I'm not sure sure.  The Rangers don't have the size to bang with the Kings, but they have rested speed.  Can the Kings keep up with them and do they have enough left in the tank to bang up the Rags?  Should be good either way.


My dad is a Rangers fan.  He is older and in not so great health and I know seeing the Rangers win makes him happy.  This is tough.  I can't fully say I'm rooting for the Rangers, but I'm not exactly rooting against them either if that makes sense.  But in the end, I have to say I hope they win for my Dad.  Sorry to my Isles brethren. 

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@orange2327 11 years ago....


gaboriks game has been criticized more than vaneks over the past 5 years or so - he is the definition of a loafer. that lines chemistry is unbelievable and gaborik is taking advantage.  i guarantee you this is not the production gaborik will bring to a team next year. hes not a point a game player anymore and only was a couple of times in his career, so take this run with a grain of salt going into the regular season. 

jepliberty
jepliberty

@orange2327 

Smitty saying about Gretzky, One day I'm going to take him by the hand and introduce him to his own goaltender, a reference about Wayne hanging at the red line for those break out passes, and never playing in his own end. It was a great quote by Smitty.

dkdk
dkdk

I played the Smitty conn Smythe interview for my son the other day and he loved it as much as the clincher.

tag1
tag1

Smitty buttending Lindy Ruff in the face

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@Jason Zimmermann it just proves hes not very strong and will probably get worked off the puck pretty easily.  regardless, the skill is there and he will eventually turn into a man.  will just take him a couple more years to reach that i assume? 

tag1
tag1

If all things were equal I think the Kings would have won a short series but the Kings just went through a war while the rangers had a walk in the park compared to this series

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

additional time off is not always a good thing. 

dkdk
dkdk

He was my all time fave

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@Jason Zimmermann hes 175lbs...if you cant do a pull up at that weight then there is something wrong with your off ice work outs.  i think that kid will be a few years away from making it to the nhl with that sort of strength.  its like RNH...he has a ton of skill but no size so hes limited to what he can do.  


if you look at the weight of the players back when bossy played, it was the norm to be 160-180lbs. so size and strength were not as big an issue then. 

tag1
tag1

While everyone drank champagne Smitty drank beer from a can

mrcisback
mrcisback

@slapshot18_rs Its just hard to believe an 18 year old kid can't do one pull up. I was watching it on the NHL channel and the kid is very thin with no muscle tone what so ever. This kid is supposed to be an all around top prospect that can score,check and be very physical. I don't know how your going to be physical with some of these big NHL players if you can't do one pull up. He was the only player at the combine who couldn't do a pull up. As far as the Mike Bossy comparisons, Bossy was a scoring machine through out every level of hockey he played and he played in a time where the players weren't as big as they are today. It seems like every body today is 6/02 200lbs or bigger.

dkdk
dkdk

I really loved Langevin too. Complete warrior, getting knee surgeries every year and sepRating his shoulder like I change socks and always rock solid.

dkdk
dkdk

That has rolled 30 miles west

dkdk
dkdk

A second arena where they cOuld get corp handout seats to.

tag1
tag1

On the bright side rumor has it that the sale will be announced at the end of the finals we will see

dkdk
dkdk

The old barn practically had a line of UFAs waiting to sign during those 40 days.

dkdk
dkdk

Heck yeah! But even under smith, Witt was one of the Crown Jewels that summer. Sillinger became a hugely important player. Kozlov and Poti were more than useful.