They claimed former first round draft pick Rob Schremp off waivers from the Oilers yesterday. Schremp, 23, was chosen in the 2004 draft, but has never made the big club's roster. In junior hockey, he was a major offensive threat and the Islanders are hoping he can turn his game around.
"He's a highly skilled, offensively gifted player with great vision. He's at an age where he is still maturing as a hockey player and a person, so there's upside there for our organization," Islanders general manager Garth Snow told Newsday. "To take a chance on a player like this, it seemed like it was a no-brainer to claim Rob."
"It's exciting. It's a new situation and I can't wait to get back on the ice," Schremp said by phone to Newsday. "I'm not expecting anything. I'm going in with open arms and am ready to learn. I just want to stick around and see what happens."
During his final season in the OHL (2005-06), Schremp scored 145 points in 57 games. Don't expect him to put up those numbers in the NHL - or anywhere near them - but he is in a fresh situation on a beautiful island that seems ready for some strong hockey.
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