Nino Niederreiter(25) Bridgeport Sound Tigers

New York Islanders‘ 1st round pick of the 2010 draft (#5 overall), Swiss-born Nino Niederreiter(25) has been sent down to start the season with their AHL affiliate Bridgeport Sound Tigers on a two-week conditioning stint. He was injured in the NHL preseason.

Last year he played 9 games with the Isles (1 goal, 1 assist) until being sent back to juniors to finish out the season with Portland Winterhawks of the WHL.

He looks all set to play at the top level in 2011/2012 and put up some points. He’s a big power forward at 6’2″ 205 lbs. and looks every bit of that. In 5 AHL games he has 2 goals and an assist.

11/14: Niederreiter comes back to the Isles after his 3-game conditioning stint but found himself to be a healthy scratch for the team’s last three games.

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