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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Auf Wiedersehen Nino

So Nino Niederreiter is officially an ex-Islander, traded to Minnesota in exchange for Cal Clutterbuck and a 3rd round draft pick.

Today's draft day trade brings an end to Niederreiter's Islander career, which, let's just say, didn't go as planned.

Nino played 64 games for the Isles:
 9 in 2010-11, when he scored 1 goal and 1 assist, and 
55 in 2011-12, when he scored just 1 goal, was not credited with a single assist, and finished -29.

He leaves Long Island as the only player in club history to have played as many as 64 games and be credited with one assist (or fewer).  Ironically, he pushed Trevor Gillies out of the record book; Gillies has a bit of a history with Cal Clutterbuck www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hwl85L1E1M 

Niederreiter's 2011-12 season was historical for all the wrong reasons -- 
becoming the only player since +/- became an official stat to go -29 or worse 
with nary an assist.

Nino had a solid, but not spectacular season with Bridgeport in 2012-13, going 28-22-50 in 74 games.

Despite all of this, this trade certainly is not a no-brainer from an Isles perspective, as Niederreiter, who won't turn 21 until September could someday turn into a huge offensive force ... for the Wild.
Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since January 21, 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick

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