Denver sophomore defenseman Scott Mayfield has signed a three-year contract with the New York Islanders, giving up his final two years of college eligibility.
The move was expected even before DU fired coach George Gwozdecky, but the change of coaches may have solidified it. Mayfield has been critical of Gwozdecky’s ousting on Twitter.
Mayfield, one of the best two-way defensemen in the league, had four goals and 17 points in 39 games for the Pioneers.
The Los Angeles Kings also have expressed interest in signing DU forward Nick Shore.
NCHC EARLY SIGNINGS
Scott Mayfield, so, D, New York Islanders
Minnesota Duluth (1)
Chris Casto, so, D, Boston Bruins
Nebraska Omaha (1)
Andrej Sustr, jr, D, Tampa Bay Lightning
North Dakota (1)
Derek Forbort, jr, D, Los Angeles Kings
Western Michigan (1)
Danny DeKeyser, jr, D, Detroit Red Wings
BIG TEN EARLY SIGNINGS
Jacob Trouba, fr, D, Winnipeg Jets
Jon Merrill, jr, D, New Jersey Devils
Nate Schmidt, jr, D, Washington Capitals
Zach Budish, jr, F, Nashville Predators
Nick Bjugstad, jr, F, Florida Panthers
Ohio State (1)
Chris Crane, jr, F, San Jose Sharks