Why keep him?:
- In his short 9 game in the NHL, Niederreiter showed that he could compete with the best in the NHL. He scored his first goal against the Capitals on a perfectly executed play by the Islanders. Niederreiter was waiting in the slot when Doug Weight gave him a pass, and he shot it right past Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth.
- The line combination of Niederreiter, recently acquired Michael Grabner, and veteran Captain Doug Weight has been producing for the Islanders. Those 3 have a combined 5 goals and 8 assists so far in the early season.
- El Niño has not been afraid to play physical so far this season, registering 16 hits.
- The Islanders have been in the rebuilding process recently, and what better way is there to have a guy develop and gain experience than playing against the best players in the NHL?
Why send him back to Juniors?:
- Nino has not been putting the puck on net that much. Getting only 12 shots on net during the first 9 games.
- The Islanders surprised many people, starting 4-1-2 with 10 points. They are trying to contend for a playoff spot now, and not wait for the future.
- Rob Schremp is due to come back to the team in the coming weeks and the Islanders may need to keep a roster slot available to him now, rather than keep Niederreiter in the NHL for the whole year and start his 3 year entry level contract, which can now start next season.
- While in juniors in Portland, Niederreiter can be a big leader for his team, and gain some valuable lessons, which he will hopefully bring back to Long Island next season.
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