The Islanders announced this afternoon they have signed this years Canadian Collegiate points leader two a two year contract. Rob Hennigar had 15 goals and 43 assists while playing for the Varsity Reds in the CIS league.
Per the Islanders Website:
The New York Islanders have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with center Rob Hennigar, the all-time points leader at the University of New Brunswick and the 2007-08 Canadian College Hockey Player of the Year.
A 25-year old native of Ontario, Hennigar just completed his fourth year at UNB. In 2007-08, Hennigar led the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) – Canada’s equivalent of the NCAA – in scoring, tallying 15 goals and 43 assists for 58 points. His 43 assists broke the school record for most in a single season and helped lead the Varsity Reds to a 26-2-0 record.
Hennigar helped lead UNB to the 2006-07 University Cup title and claim the Silver Medal at the 2007-08 CIS championship. His outstanding play earned him First Team honors on the 2007-08 CIS All-Canadian squad as well as the University Cup All-Tournament team. Over his career he tallied 37 goals and 122 assists for 159 points in 100 games.
Hennigar led Canada to the Gold Medal at the 2007 Winter Universiade in Italy, where he tied for the team lead with nine points in six outings.
Prior to joining the UNB Varsity Reds, Hennigar played four years with the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League where he compiled 82 goals and 138 assists in 246 games.
I posted this earlier today from my phone and have been meaning to update with more info all night – it was a combination of forgetting and playing way too much Call of Duty 4 (those new maps are awesome!).
I have heard a few different reactions to this trade, but like I mentioned in my comment section – I like this move. We cannot ever have enough depth players and we will definately need some replacements next season in Bridgeport with so many players slated for the opening night roster. With the recent signing of Hillen and now Hennigar, it just goes to show you that Garth Snow and his scouts are busy at work even though their season is over. These moves, plus the addition of whomever they add through the draft on June 20th – will definately stock our cupboard full of prospects.