The New York Islanders have announced the signing of former first-round draft pick Sean Bergenheim to a one-year contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The 23-year-old forward spent last year in Europe, playing in Russia and in the Swedish Elite League after he was unable to come to terms with the Islanders on a new contract. He last played for the Islanders in 2005-06 when he scored four goals and nine points in 28 games.
“I’m very happy and proud to be an Islander again,” Bergenheim announced this morning from his home in Finland. “A lot of people have told me my play should fit in with this year’s team, but Ted Nolan doesn’t know me yet. My goal is to show him I’m a Ted Nolan-type player. I can’t wait to get back to Long Island.”
The Islanders were pleased to have their 2002 first round pick back in the fold. “Sean’s speed, skill and tenacity make him a perfect fit for the team we’re putting together,” Islanders general manager Garth Snow said in a statement released by the team. “We’re looking forward to him being an important player for us this season and for years to come. We also know Sean is a player that our fans have come to love because of his work ethic and passion for the game.”
Bergenheim has appeared in 46 career NHL games, all with the Islanders. He has five goals and 11 points. In 2005-06, he spent most of the season with the Isles’ AHL affiliate in Bridgeport, finishing with 25 goals and 47 points in 55 games. He also added 112 penalty minutes.