Islanders Sign former BC G Milner to Split Minor League Deal

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As was reported on Draft Day, the Islanders signed Boston College Standout G Parker Milner to a Professional Contract. With the Orange and Blue game come and gone and a lack of Milner with the prospects, it's come to light, via BD Gallof and Arther Staple (Tweet below) that Milner signed a split contract at the AHL level. This shouldn't have disqualified him from seeing time at camp, but with such a contract in hand the Islanders mustknow what they want to do with Milner now, so evaluating him probably wasn't high on their list with this prospect camp.

Milner will most likely start the season at the ECHL, just where remains to be seen. The Islanders haven't had an ECHL affiliate since they and the Kalamazoo K-Wings split ties in 2012. Last year the Islanders plucked players from the ECHL's Las Vegas Wranglers, Colorado Eagles and sent Jason Clark to the Gwinnett Gladiators. Also in recent years the Islanders have relied on the Reading Royals and the Alaska Aces to help fill in space when Roster spots needed filling at Bridgeport. So, it's no easy task wondering where he'll go. One of the last things Garth will probably do with the summer (or first if he's really done shopping right now) is find a team where Milner can start on a consistent basis, so he can adjust to the pro Game.

The projected path for Milner is likely to start Bridgeport camp with the Sound Tigers and once a team is found to send him to camp there with the understanding that he will start. Milner is blocked at Bridgeport by Anders Nilsson and Kenny Reiter, and could be bumped further down the list if the Isles go out and acquire another Goalie, moving Kevin Poulin to the AHL. If you're Rooting for Milner to join the team in the near future, congratulations, you're a masochist! It's a depth signing and a "prove to us" deal to keep him around with the Islanders just drafting two Goalies and Mikko Koskinen still somewhere in the ever-murky picture.