New York Islanders signed forward Ruslan Iskhakov to an entry-level two-year contract. It was first reported by CapFriendly Transactions last night. The deal holds a cap of $855,000 and has an average annual value of $925,000.
The New York Islanders selected the Russian forward in the second round, 43rd overall, in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. When he was drafted, he was playing in the MHL, Russia’s second-tier league, with Krasnaya Armiya Moskva. He scored six goals and 30 points in 33 games during his draft year, and added nine goals and 21 points in 24 games representing the Russian U-18 team during the 2017-18 season.
Iskhakov signed up to play college hockey at the University of Connecticut just days before being drafted. He spent the next two years with UConn finding success in the Hockey East. In his freshman year, he scored six goals and 21 points in 32 games, but it wasn’t for nothing. Just two games into his freshman year, Iskhakov suffered in one of the scariest hits you will see. He ended up being fine, missing two games. He once again scored 21 points in 32 games in his second season, but there was a different spread, scoring nine goals and adding 12 assists.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Ruslan Iskhakov signed a one-year contract with TPS in the Finnish Liiga for the 2020-21 season. It was a personal decision, as UConn and the Islanders would have preferred if he stayed with the Huskies. Iskhakov had a successful season with TPS, scoring ten goals and 38 points in 52 regular season games, while scoring two goals and seven points in 13 playoff games.
Last season, Ruslan Iskhakov signed with Adler Mannheim from the DEL, Germany’s top-tier league. He had another great season with a top European team, scoring seven goals and totaling 22 points in 25 regular season games, one assist in four playoff games and also scoring three goals in four games in Champions Hockey games. Adler Mannheim League.
Iskhakov, a key prospect in the Islanders system, will likely begin his North American professional career with the Bridgeport Islanders next season alongside other Islanders prospects such as William Dufour, Aatu Räty and Samuel Bolduc.