24-Year-Old Defenseman – New York Islanders
Scott Mayfield Contract Information:
Mayfield signed a two-year contract with the Islanders in July of 2016.
Mayfield has cleared waivers and will report to Bridgeport of the AHL, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
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Mayfield impressed the Islanders during their first-round playoff loss to Washington last season, and could be in a fight with Ryan Pulock to be the teamís sixth defenseman to open 2015-16. The 22-year-old profiles as a stay-at-home defender, after providing only 14 points in 69 games at AHL Bridgeport last season. If he doesnít beat out Pulock in training camp, Mayfield should be the first call-up from Bridgeport when someone on defense ends up on injured reserve.
Mayfield had a short stint with the Islanders last season, appearing in five games, but will spend the bulk of this season in the AHL. He has failed to impress so far in two seasons for Bridgeport and may be starting to lose his place on the depth chart, or at very least, has lost his distinction as a top prospect.
Mayfield is another Islanders prospect on defense but this is his first year out of college and he is ticketed to play with Bridgeport of the AHL. If and when he is ready to play for the Isles, he will give the team some much needed size and attitude on the back end.
Mayfield impressed the Isles at prospect camp this past summer but is still headed to the University of Denver for his sophomore season. The best case scenario is that he turns pro after this year, but that is far from a lock to happen.
Mayfield was chosen 34th overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, but will be playing at least the next couple of seasons at the University of Denver. The jury is out onto whether or not Mayfield has a future in the NHL.