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.




247 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.

orange2327
orange2327

Tyler toffoli wasnt he coming over for vanek??

mrcisback
mrcisback

          Rangers meet your brick wall.

shlo
shlo

No dynasty in Chicago.

steviel
steviel

incredible hockey game

orange2327
orange2327

Phew!! Great series. Rags have to be happy these 2 teams will be tired I could see them stealing game 1.then its a crapshoot.

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?

Jason Zimmermann
Jason Zimmermann

@mrcisback I don't think it will have much of an impact. Frankly, I think the combines are a little silly.


Chris Gratton did 200 situps in the '93 combine. It didn't help him much on the ice after he became a Flyer.

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. 

orange2327
orange2327

@macacawitz I agree I the rest will do the rags well I could see them doing no worse than a split in LA then its gonna be anybodys series.

orange2327
orange2327

I give the rags a 40-45% chance to win they will win at least 2 games.

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!


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.

orange2327
orange2327

Rangers will be well rested plus they got this whole thing with domjnic moores wife and MSLs mom you never know.

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

@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

Jason Zimmermann
Jason Zimmermann

@slapshot18_rs I don't think it proves that at all. Bossy had NO muscle when he was drafted. There was no combine back then, but it wouldn't surprise me if he was able to do less pullups than Bennett. 

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

additional time off is not always a good thing. 

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. 

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.