The New York Islanders announced today that Kyle Burroughs, Victor Crus Rydberg, Jesse Graham, Loic Leduc and Adam Pelech have been returned to their respective junior clubs.
Burroughs, 18, returns for his third season in the Western Hockey League with the Regina Pats. The Islanders’ seventh-round pick (196th overall) in the 2013 National Hockey League Draft led Regina defensemen in assists (28) and points (33) last season.
Crus Rydberg, 18, will spend his first season in North America with the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL. Selected by the Islanders in the fifth round (136th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft, the Vaxjo, Sweden, native spent last season with Linkoping’s SuperElit (Under-20) club.
Graham, 19, returns for his third Ontario Hockey League season with the Niagara IceDogs. Selected in the sixth round (155th overall) of the 2012 Draft, Graham ranked second among Niagara defensemen last season with 39 points (four goals, 35 assists).
Leduc, 19, returns for his third season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. A native of Mercier, QC, Leduc was the Islanders’ fourth-round pick (103rd overall) in the 2012 Draft.
Pelech, 19, returns for his fourth season in the Ontario Hockey League and his third with the Erie Otters. The Islanders’ third-round pick (65th overall) in 2012 has led Erie defensemen in scoring in each of the last two seasons.
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