March 4, 2010

Reese Poised to Make NHL Debut

Less than two days after playing in his first game with the New York Islanders' organization, former Harvard standout Dylan Reese is poised to make his National Hockey League (NHL) debut Thursday when the Islanders face the Atlanta Thrashers in Atlanta.

Reese was recalled by the Islanders Wednesday as a replacement for the injured Andrew MacDonald. Reese will don No. 42 as a member of the Islanders.

Acquired from the Columbus organization Tuesday, Reese tallied a goal and an assist as a member of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, helping the squad to a 6-3 victory at Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, Conn. 

"He's got good hockey sense," Bridgeport coach Jack Capuano said Wednesday morning, before word came down that Reese would replace the injured Andrew MacDonald on the Islanders' roster.

"He sees the ice extremely well," Capuano added. "He made high-percentage plays."

Reese's first goal with the Sound Tigers came from the point and took part in a tic-tac-toe passing play to set up a power-play goal.

"We knew he could shoot the puck," Capuano said. "He did a good job on the power play, five-on-five."

Reese became only the second Sound Tigers defenseman to record more than one point in his Bridgeport debut, joining Bruno Gervais.

Reese had been with the Syracuse Crunch until Columbus traded him to the Islanders on Monday for Greg Moore.