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Isles claim former Kings first-rounder Hickey off waivers

Jan 15, 2013, 12:59 PM EDT

Thomas Hickey

In 2007, the Kings made Thomas Hickey the fourth overall selection — behind Patrick Kane, James van Riemsdyk and Kyle Turris — at the NHL Entry Draft.

Today, Hickey’s time with Los Angeles came to an end as the New York Islanders announced they claimed the 23-year-old rearguard off waivers.

The captain of Canada’s gold medal-winning Junior team from 2009, Hickey has yet to make good on the promise that made him the first defenseman drafted in ’07 (ahead of Karl Alzner, Ryan McDonagh and Kevin Shattenkirk.)

He’s also yet to make his NHL debut, having spent the last four-plus seasons playing for AHL Manchester.

Injuries (ankle, shoulder) and a deep Kings blueline have played their part in Hickey not making the NHL jump. He, along with 2008 first-rounder Colten Teubert, always seemed to be stuck on a low rung of the organizational ladder (Teubert was flipped to Edmonton in the Dustin Penner trade of 2011.)

That said, Hickey should have a slightly better shot of making the Isles roster. They’re still without the services of Lubomir Visnovsky, leaving them with a crew of Mark Streit, Matt Carkner, Travis Hamonic, Matt Donovan, Ty Wishart, Radek Martinek and Andrew MacDonald on the blueline.

  1. elvispocomo - Jan 15, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    The Isles sent Wishart down on waivers, then claimed Hickey. Different players I suppose.

    • Mike Halford - Jan 15, 2013 at 1:17 PM

      True, but Wishart is still with the Isles org (in AHL Bridgeport).

      • elvispocomo - Jan 15, 2013 at 2:27 PM

        Agreed, doesn’t appear to have been claimed. But odd they wouldn’t have room for Wishart if they hope to have room for Hickey. Again, just needing a different player it seems.

  2. islesjb - Jan 15, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    This season’s PA Parenteu / Matt Moulson / Michael Grabner?

    Would be nice

  3. bcisleman - Jan 15, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    Isles have also claimed former first rounder Joe Finley from Buffalo and now the KHL has said it will honor the Visnovsky contract, so the Isles should be solid on D.

  4. elemeno89 - Jan 15, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    isle are poaching everybody’s players…

    • islesjb - Jan 15, 2013 at 3:07 PM

      hide yo prospects hide yo wife!

    • nykingfan - Jan 15, 2013 at 3:12 PM

      They’re doing it on the cheap

  5. nykingfan - Jan 15, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    I think the Hickey pickup is a good one.
    He never got a chance in LA because of the Kings depth at the blueline, but I remember watching him during the world junior tournament..I think it was 06 or 07. He was the captain of the Canadian team and looked really good.
    Injuries have derailed his career since.

  6. tjvalley - Jan 15, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    I love that Garth snow doesn’t rest…he has taken full advantage of cast away types and makes the team better. Cheers to Garth…

  7. pooinyourface - Jan 15, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    I like this move, Garth has a good eye. If this guy can turn it around anywhere LI is the best place to be. And hes only 23.

  8. hanktheking - Jan 16, 2013 at 2:34 AM

    I played against Thomas Hickey growing up and he’s not special. He’s skilled offensively but small and is a defensive liability. There is a reason why a once team captain for Canada at the World Jr. tournament has never played a game in the pros even despite being a top 5 pick in the draft. Bust.

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