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The New York Islanders locked up two of their top-defensive prospects on two multi-year deals.

The New York Islanders have locked up their most valuable defensive prospect, Devon Toews, to a two-year contract extension.

Though the official Islanders press release doesn’t specify the term of the contract, it’s believed to be a one-way deal for the restricted free agent, whose progress through his 106 AHL games would have likely earned him his first NHL call-up last season if he didn’t have his season cut short.


Around January, the Islanders’ defense was in trouble. They had lost Calvin de Haan (now with the Carolina Hurricanes) to a season-ending injury and had lost Johnny Boychuk for what would turn out to be two months.

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All signs pointed to the team calling-up Toews from Bridgeport, but he was dealing with a shoulder injury of his own (which required season-ending surgery).

Toews, the Islanders’ fourth-round pick in 2014 (108th overall) skyrocketed up the Islanders defensive depth chart thanks to a fantastic 2016-17 AHL season which saw him score 45 points as a rookie.

The now 24-year-old was named to the AHL’s All-Rookie team at the conclusion of the 2016-17 season and represented the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at the 2017 All-Star classic where he also won the fastest skater competition.

The Islanders also announced the re-signing of Kyle Burroughs to a two-year, two-way contract.

Over the last three seasons with the Sound Tigers, the right-handed defensive prospect participated in 177 games, scoring 60 points and maintaining a plus-15 career plus/minus rating.

In fact, after some struggles in the AHL, his first season with 10 points and a minus-11 rating, Burroughs followed up the 2016-17 season with a plus-10 rating, and a plus-16 this past season.

The Islanders’ seventh-round pick in 2013 (196th overall) led the Sound Tigers in plus/minus in 2017-18 and finished third in points by a defenseman.

At 23-year-old, Burroughs has begun to find his game, scoring 24 points during the 2016-17 campaign and 25 last year.

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Grew up a diehard Islanders and Mets fan based out of Northern New Jersey. Concluding my Broadcast Communications degree at William Paterson University. WP Sportsdesk member, Stan Fischler correspondent, music buff and total Star Wars freak. Follow my social media handles to learn more. Matt Di Giacomo is a Staff Writer for the Islanders on Elite Sports NY. He encourages team discussion. Tweet him @mdigiacESNY and check out his reviews on YouTube.