Mike Dalhuisen: Islanders add another defenseman for Bridgeport

It's about time the Islanders get a representative from the Low Countries. - Justin K. Aller

...and his name is not Brenden Kichton.

News out of New Haven: According to New Haven Register reporter Chip Malafronte, the New York Islanders have signed Quinnipiac defenseman Mike Dalhuisen to play with the AHL Bridgeport Sound Tigers beginning next season.

Staying within Connecticut is not a big move for Dalhuisen -- he already did that when the Netherlands native decided to move to North America as a teenager to play hockey -- first in Ontario junior hockey (Lindsay Muskies), then in the USHL (Chicago Steel, Lincoln Stars), and finally at Quinnipiac for four years of NCAA.

That was years ago. Now 24 and listed at 6'3", 210 lbs., he's coming off a nice fourth year as part of a very strong blueline with Quinnipiac. They were ranked #1 for the second half of the NCAA season while Dalhuisen put up eight goals and eight assists in 42 games.

Here's his profile at hockeydb.com, and here's his profile at eliteprospects, which puts the lefty's background as a defenseman and left wing. He also has history playing for the Netherlands' U-18, U-20 and world championship teams in the lower pools.

And here's a video clip via U.S. College Hockey Online after Quinnipiac lost the Frozen Four final:


No official word nor contract details yet, but if it's an NHL deal then an ELC at age 24 would be for just one season.

Upshot?

Depth for Bridgeport, with the outside chance the Islanders caught a useful late bloomer. At minimum, they continue a tradition of mining players from Europe's smaller hockey nations: Denmark, Switzerland, Austria, now Netherlands...who's next?

(Meanwhile, as of this posting Bridgeport had blown a 4-2 lead tonight against Portland. Overtime beckons. UPDATE: Aaaand they lost in OT. Yikes.)

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