Spirit’s Graham signs with NY Islanders

Sunday June 1, 2014

The New York Islanders announced Saturday that Jesse Graham has agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract.

Graham, 20, scored 54 points (11 goals, 43 assists) in 66 games last season in the Ontario Hockey League. The Oshawa, Ontario, native served as team captain of the Niagara IceDogs, before joining the Saginaw Spirit following a November trade. After Saginaw’s first-round playoff exit, Graham joined the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League, scoring four points (one goal, three assists) in seven games.

The Islanders drafted Graham in the sixth round (155th overall) of the 2012 National Hockey League Draft. In four seasons of major junior hockey, Graham totaled 152 points (20 goals, 132 assists) in 265 OHL games. He was named to the OHL First All-Rookie Team in 2010-11, after scoring 18 points (one goal, 17 assists) in 63 games with Niagara.

On the international stage, Graham won gold with Team Canada-Ontario at the 2011 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

Graham was one of a modern record 48 OHL players selected in the 2012 NHL Draft in Pittsburgh.

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