My Thoughts On Mayfield Extension

From the New York Islanders:

BROOKLYN (July 12, 2016) – The New York Islanders announced today that Scott Mayfield has agreed to terms on a two-year deal.

Mayfield, 23, appeared in six games with the Islanders last season, compiling 11 penalty minutes and scoring his first NHL goal. The St. Louis, MO, native spend the majority of the season with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League, scoring 12 points (five goals, seven assists) with 80 penalty minutes in 54 games.

The Islanders selected Mayfield in the second round (34th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft. He’s appeared in 11 regular-season games with the Islanders and two Stanley Cup Playoff games. Mayfield has also played 200 AHL games with the Sound Tigers.

Prior to his professional career, Mayfield attended the University of Denver, where he scored 29 points (seven goals, 22 assists) and collected 192 penalty minutes in 81 games over two seasons. Mayfield also played two seasons with the Youngstown Phantoms of the United States Hockey League. In 111 career USHL games, Mayfield totaled 38 points (17 goals, 21 assists) and 304 penalty minutes.

My Take: I’ve said this before that Brian Straits replacement was always going to be Scott Mayfield. It was of my opinion that the now former Sound Tiger would get to see the NHL more often than Adam Pelech, a player who still has potential to make the Islanders roster but may be a victim of his two-way contract and Pelech would be the first call-up if there are injuries. Does this mean that Mayfield will see regular minutes? I wouldn’t count on it. I think he’ll be getting extra practice time (JF Berube) to refine his game a bit more and if he can improve on his speed, he only becomes a better option as the season moves forward. I don’t think this is a Matt Donovan situation as Mayfield is going to be the 7th defenseman for the next two years and I don’t see his ceiling going any higher than maybe a top 5 or 6 whereas Donovan was an offensive-defenseman who may have regressed by the lack of playing time in his last year with the Islanders. For now I consider Mayfield and upgrade over the departed and beloved (sarcasm) Brian Strait and if Mayfield can hold his own play more than the 52 that Strait accomplished, it’s a good first season for Mayfield in the NHL.

PK (@Netminder39)

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