The kid's alright: New York Islanders' Mayfield shines in return
Nov 30, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield (42) controls the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Scott Mayfield held his own during the New York Islanders’ 4-2 victory over the New York Rangers.

The Isles recalled Scott Mayfield from Bridgeport (AHL) on an emergency basis Tuesday.

The term “emergency” has a negative connotation, so maybe that’s not the ideal word. But at the end of the day, the point remains: Mayfield was thrust into the starting lineup, and thrived.

With Johnny Boychuk (flu) sidelined for Tuesday night’s matchup with the Rangers, head coach Jack Capuano slotted Mayfield alongside Thomas Hickey on the team’s second pairing.

The move panned out.

The 24-year-old defenseman notched the Isles’ first goal and was solid in his own zone. He added the much-needed elements of physicality and feistiness.

Mayfield has now recorded a point in all three games he’s played for the Islanders. He has three points (one goal, two assists) in fourteen games for the Sound Tigers this season.

Game Notes

  • Jaroslav Halak rewarded the coaching staff with a stellar performance. He stopped 35 shots, including 14 on the penalty kill, en route to the victory. “What is he on?” Butch Goring wondered at the end of the first period.
  • For weeks, we had been saying that if the forwards would step up, the Isles would win. Anders Lee has tallied five goals and an assist in his last seven games. Jason Chimera has netted three goals in his last four games. Andrew Ladd has a goal and two assists in the same amount of time.

Three Stars




Justin Weiss is a staff editor at Elite Sports New York, where he covers the New York Islanders and Brooklyn Cyclones. In 2016, he received a Quill Award for Freelance Journalism. He has written for the Long Island Herald, FanSided and YardBarker.