Islanders sign F Newkirk to entry-level deal


EAST MEADOW. N.Y. — The New York Islanders have signed forward Reece Newkirk to a three-year, entry-level contract.

The Islanders announced the signing of the 20-year-old Western Hockey League product on Thursday.

Newkirk had nine goals and 18 assists in 24 games during his fourth season with the Portland Winterhawks. He was second on the team in assists and tied for third in points, while serving as an alternate captain for the second straight season.

A native of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Newkirk had 69 goals and 93 assists in 205 career WHL games. He posted WHL career highs in goals (29) and points (65) in 2019-20, finishing second on the team in goals and third in points.

The Islanders selected Newkirk in the fifth round of the 2019 draft.

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