The New York Islanders have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with defenseman Dylan Reese, who played in the North American Hockey League (NAHL) from 2000-2003 with the Pittsburgh Forge and Texas Tornado.
Reese, who won a Robertson Cup championship with the Forge in 2003, enters his fifth professional season this year and his second with the Islanders. The Pittsburgh native made his NHL debut last year with the Islanders, scoring four points (two goals, two assists) and totaling 14 penalty minutes in 19 games. He also added four points (one goal, three assists) in five Calder Cup Playoff games with the American Hockey League's (AHL) Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
“Dylan was a valued member of our organization last season,” said Islanders general manager Garth Snow. “We look forward to having him with us again next season.”
The Islanders acquired Reese, 25, from the Columbus Blue Jackets on March 2, 2010 in exchange for forward Greg Moore. Prior to being traded, Reese had four goals, 18 assists and 31 penalty minutes in 51 games for the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL. The Blue Jackets signed the blueliner as a free agent in September of 2009 after he’d played the previous two seasons for the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage.
Originally selected by the New York Rangers in the seventh round (209th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Reese spent his first professional season with the AHL’s Hartford WolfPack in 2007-08.
Reese played his collegiate hockey at Harvard University, where he served as captain and was selected Team MVP during his senior season. He was also a two-time All-Ivy First Team All Star.