Islanders sign O'Marra, No. 15 pick in '05 draft

Updated: March 30, 2006, 12:38 PM ET
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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The New York Islanders on Thursday signed center Ryan O'Marra, their 2005 first-round draft pick, to a three-year contract.

O'Marra, 18, who helped lead Team Canada to win the World Junior Championships in December, will begin his professional career with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the Islanders' American Hockey League affiliate.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound O'Marra was the second-leading scorer for the Ontario Hockey League's Erie Otters with 77 points (27 goals and 50 assists). He was the 15th overall selection in the draft last summer.

"Ryan is arguably our top prospect not with the big club," Islanders general manager Mike Milbury said. "He is a very well-rounded player who is going to be a big part of our future."

"It's so great to have the contract done early so I can begin playing for Bridgeport," O'Marra said. "The Islanders have been so good to me since the draft, staying on top of my development in Erie and getting this deal done. I'm anxious to get on the ice with the Sound Tigers and show them what I can do."