BRIDGEPORT, Conn - The New York Islanders announced today that defenseman Dylan Reese and forward Rhett Rakhshani have been returned on loan to the Sound Tigers.
Both Reese and Rakhshani appeared in last night's 5-0 loss at Nashville. Rakhshani made his NHL debut last night and compiled 11:44 of ice time and no points.
Reese made his National Hockey League debut with the Islanders last year during his third professional season, netting four points (two goals, two assists) in 19 games. After a four year collegiate career at Harvard University, Reese was drafted by the New York Rangers in the seventh round, 209th overall, of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. The Islanders acquired the 6-1, 201-pound blue-liner in a trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets on March 1, 2010.
Rakhshani, 22, leads all Sound Tigers in goals (10), assists (14) and points (24) through the first 27 games of his rookie season. The Islanders drafted Rakhshani in the fourth round, 100th overall, of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. Last year, during his senior campaign at Denver University, the 5-10, 190-pound native of Huntington Beach, CA, captained the Pioneers to a WCHA regular-season championship, a Gold Pan Trophy and a Wells Fargo Denver Cup Championship. Rakhshani was named a Hobey Baker Award Top-10 finalist, a Reebok First-Team West All-American, an Inside College Hockey First-Team All-American, and he was selected to the All-College Hockey News First Team, the All-USCHO Second Team and the All-WCHA First Team. He led Denver in overall scoring with a career-high 50 points (21g/29a).