Islanders 2006 first-round pick Okposo to start with AHL affiliate

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Top prospect Kyle Okposo will begin his
career in the New York Islanders organization with Bridgeport of
the AHL.

Fresh off a solid run in the world junior tournament, Okposo was
assigned Sunday by the Islanders to their top minor league
affiliate. He will practice with the Sound Tigers on Thursday and
make his debut at Binghamton on Friday.

Okposo's first AHL home game will be Saturday against

The right winger, chosen by the Islanders with the No. 7 pick in
the 2006 draft, had a goal and five assists in seven games for the
United States. The Americans finished fourth at the world juniors
tournament that wrapped up Saturday in the Czech Republic.

Okposo, a 19-year-old player from St. Paul, Minn., signed a
three-year, entry-level contract with the Islanders last month,
shortly after he left the University of Minnesota.

He will earn $850,000 each year of the deal and is eligible for
bonuses that could reach a maximum of another $850,000 per season.

In 1½ seasons at Minnesota, Okposo had 26 goals with 25 assists
in 58 games. As a freshman, he had 19 goals and 21 assists in 40