Defenseman Parker Wotherspoon has had a busy couple of weeks.
Once his Tri-City Americans were eliminated from playoff contention, he signed an Amateur Try Out contract with Bridgeport and reported to the Islanders' AHL affiliate. He then played in six regular season games and two playoff games with the Sound Tigers. When they were eliminated in the first round by the Toronto Marlies, Wotherspoon was part of a Black Ace squadron called up to the big club.
And now, the kicker: Wotherspoon has signed a three-year entry level contract with the Islanders.
Selected in the fourth round of the 2015 draft, Wotherspoon scored 11 goals and 45 assists for the Americans this season and was named the team's defensive player of the year. He has 22 goals and 94 assists over three seasons in the WHL. Wotherspoon was a member of Canada's Bronze medal-winning Under-18 World Junior team in 2015.
His brother Tyler is a defenseman for the Flames.
Parker turns 19 in August, so he's not eligible to play in the AHL next season (I guess. Right?). Wherever he plays, it's safe to say the Islanders like what they see so far from the Surrey, BC native. Welcome aboard, son.