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A funny thing happens when a Canadian kid drafted in the fifth round doesn't get offered a contract by a (until this past season) cellar-dweller team in New York; a few folks in the Canadian media decide go to bat for him.?This is what has happened in the case of Brenden Kichton -- who the Islanders selected in the 5th round in 2011 and who re-entered the draft this past June -- and it's bizarre.

Over the past week or so, the media has been telling Kichton's story and there's nothing wrong with that. It's the summer, and he's a fairly unique story. Kichton's home-town paper had a level-headed article on his "unique situation." The Winnipeg Sun, which has a reason to slant things towards the hometown Jets who selected Kichton this past June in the seventh round, called it "confusing" but didn't take the gloves off.

But the most bizarre take is Yahoo's Kelly Friesen not-so-impartially explaining that not signing Kichton is just another bad decision by the Islanders:

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Today was the signing deadline for 2011 draft picks Brenden Kichton (5th round) and Mitchell Theoret (7th). If unsigned, they would be free to re-enter this year's draft. According to Arthur Staple, the Islanders did not make an offer to either player.

Theoret, a seventh rounder, was always a long shot and did not put up much in terms of numbers until this season, his fourth in the OHL. With the Islanders forward pool being very deep, it's not a surprise that they passed on Theoret.

For Kichton, he's had impressive numbers in the WHL and was captain of Spokane. His numbers plateaued and with a full draft of defenders behind him in 2012, plus the signings of Scott Mayfield and Andrey Pedan, the Islanders like see him as expendable. Maybe there were some ruffled feathers there on one side or the other, but we'll never know.

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Isles prospect Brenden Kichton spoke out rather cryptically on twitter the other day possibly, but not necessarily, on his contract situation. The Spokesman-Review, the Spokane Chiefs' local paper caught up with Kichton who is quickly approaching the end of his junior career with the team he spent five seasons playing for.

[sny-box]Kichton said the Islanders? plans for him are murky.

?We haven?t come to terms with anything on a contract, so we?re kind of in a waiting stage right now, to see what they?re going to do and what my agent wants from them,? Kichton said.[/sny-box]

Tags: Brenden Kichton, bruce beck, Islanders, john tavares, kerry fraser, mike zibanejad, News, Editorial Aside, Prospects
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One of the Islanders' draft picks from 2011, Brenden Kichton, faces a decision this year of whether to snub the Islanders and re-enter the draft or sign an ELC with the team. Kichton is a fifth year player and captain for Spokane in the WHL and is in the middle of a career year with 85 points in 71 games (and he's a defenseman).

Over the weekend it was reported that Kichton had rejected the Islanders contract offer and was headed towards the draft.

On Twitter today, Kichton appears to say 'not so fast', in a rather cryptic way.

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The Islanders have a lot of decisions to make in the next couple weeks, as the trade deadline looms on April 3rd at 3pm. The team has a number of veteran free agents who could either be moved or re-signed, among them are Evgeni Nabokov, Brad Boyes, Mark Streit, Lubomir Visnovsky, Marty Reasoner and Tim Thomas.

In today's Newsday, Arthur Staple notes that talks are either underway or will be soon for Nabokov, Streit and Visnovsky. Visnovsky, obviously the longest shot of the three to re-sign, is at least open to listening. Whether that is just polite courtesy or actual interest, remains to be seen.

Brad Boyes, Staple mentions, is likely to be seriously talked to as well regarding a new deal. Boyes has been clicking extremely well with the first line and is third on the team in points.

Tags: anders lee, Brenden Kichton, Islanders, larry brooks, lubomir visnovsky, mark streit, News, Editorial Aside, Prospects, scott mayfield, thomas hickey, travis hamonic
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One of the players who would have been an interesting invitee had this year's training camp actually happened is Spokane's Brenden Kichton. The defender is now in his 5th year in the WHL and was drafted by the Islanders in 2011. The Islanders have to sign Kichton in the coming year and if they don't the 20-year old can re-enter the draft.

In the following video he talks about that very subject at the 1:40 mark:

"In the back of my mind, I'm always wondering what's gonna happen next; if the Islanders are going to sign me, if I'm going to go back in the draft or what the deal is."
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6Va7tkIYsQ&w=640&h=360]

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