Nino Niederreiter Agrees with Scott Gordon

New York Islanders rookie forward Nino Niederreiter actually agreed with the decision that was made by coach coach Scott Gordon and GM Garth Snow to send him back to junior for another season in the Western Hockey League with the Portland Winterhawks. “I think it’s better to go back to juniors and get more experience and be a bigger leader out there,” Niederreiter who was drafted fifth overall last June and scored a goal and two points in the Islanders first nine games said. “At the end, I think it’s the right fit. I’ll try to make the team next year.” The main reason why the Islanders decided to send him down prior to the 10th game is to delay the start of Niederreiter’s contract. In other words, his three year entry contract won’t kick in until next season. Another reason for sending Niederreiter down is due to the fact that several injured forwards such as Rob Schremp,Trent Hunter and Michael Gabner and Kyle Okposo are all close to returning which means lots of depth up front. “I was just trying not to think about the ninth game,” Niederreiter said. “I tried my best, but it was pretty tough to not think about it.” Last year which was his first year in North America Niederreiter excelled by scoring 36 goals and 60 points with Portland. During the World Junior Championships with Switzerland he scored he scored six goals and 10 points in seven games. “I had a great experience up here,” Niederreiter who just turned 18 in September said. “I was really happy to be here. But you think about it, Okie’s coming back, then Hunts is coming back soon, too. Schremp, Grabner…it’s a lot of players. I’m still young. At the end, I want to be a better player. I think it’s better to get more ice time in juniors and be a better player there.”


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