Mitchell Vande Sompel was one of the first cuts at 2016 New York Islanders training camp, but he has some professional compensation for his troubles.
The Isles announced the 2015 third-round pick (84th overall) has signed his entry level contract — a standard bit of business but a sign of confidence in the rover.
Yes, rover. Vande Sompel is an interesting case because he’s been deployed as both a defenseman and a forward for an Oshawa Generals squad that won the OHL and CHL’s Memorial Cup in 2014-15 but struggled mightily with the hangover and departures in 2015-16.
That position versatility is why his OHL scoring numbers look extra gaudy for a defenseman. But his hockey intelligence and skill makes such versatility possible. Our panel rated him in the middle of our Top 25 Under 25 this summer, thinking he offers potential as a lower pairing, power play contributing puck-mover.
For now, that development happens back in Oshawa. But now there’s a little bit of signing bonus something, you know, for the effort.