Isles sign right winger Comeau to three-year deal

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- After helping Canada to victory at the World Junior Championships, Blake Comeau now will be called on to help the New York Islanders return to NHL prominence.

The Islanders on Wednesday signed the 20-year-old right winger to a three-year contract.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Comeau was the leading scorer and an alternate captain for the gold medal-winning Team Canada at this year's World Junior Championships. The 6-1, 207-pounder was New York's second-round selection (47th overall) in the 2004 NHL draft.

"We're very proud to have Blake as a big part of the future of our franchise," Islanders general manager Mike Milbury said. "As he demonstrated with Team Canada and the Kelowna Rockets, Blake is a winner. He does everything well, works incredibly hard and is the ultimate team player."

In six games at the World Junior Championships, Comeau had three goals and four assists. In 60 games this season with the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League, Comeau had 21 goals and 53 assists with 85 penalty minutes. His 53 assists tied him for second in the Western Hockey League.

"It's a great feeling knowing the Islanders have signed me to a contract and consider me an important part of their future," Comeau said. "Last year's training camp with the Islanders was a good start for me. I learned what I needed to do to make it in the NHL. I took a lot of that with me when I returned to the Rockets and when I played for Team Canada."

Earlier this week Comeau, a native of Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan,
was named a first team all-star for the Western Conference of the WHL.