Skip to content

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.

Latest Posts
  1. Kessel trade shows Leafs are trying to ‘build this thing the right way’

    Jul 1, 2015, 4:53 PM EDT

    Official Announcement Of Mike Babcock As Toronto Maple Leafs Head Coach Getty Images

    “We are here to build a team that is capable of winning a Stanley Cup. There are no shortcuts to go around doing that.”

  2. B’s re-sign Spooner: two years, $1.9 million

    Jul 1, 2015, 4:06 PM EDT

    Boston Bruins v Winnipeg Jets Getty Images

    23-year-old had 18 points in 29 games last year.

  3. Green signs with Red Wings — 3 years, $18 million

    Jul 1, 2015, 4:05 PM EDT

    Mike Green Getty Images

    Moves on from Washington, the team that drafted him in 2004.

  4. ‘It’s hard to find players like Phil Kessel’

    Jul 1, 2015, 3:38 PM EDT

    Phil Kessel Getty Images

    Penguins GM considers his new winger in the same class as Alex Ovechkin and Steven Stamkos.

  5. After Preds buyout, Stalberg signs one-year, $1.1M deal with Rangers

    Jul 1, 2015, 3:19 PM EDT

    Viktor Stalberg #25 of the Nashville Predators warms up prior to a game against the Winnipeg Jets at Bridgestone Arena on October 24, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee.
(October 23, 2013 - Source: Frederick Breedon/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

    29-year-old forward will look to get his career back on track.

  6. Roundup: Jackman to Preds, Moore to Devils, Parenteau to Leafs

    Jul 1, 2015, 3:04 PM EDT

    Barret Jackman

    Some smaller signings to pass your way…

  7. Saad ‘a bit shocked’ by trade, but ‘looking forward’ to joining Jackets

    Jul 1, 2015, 2:57 PM EDT

    Brandon Saad AP

    Still needs to sign a new deal, but Columbus will match any offer sheet.

  8. PHT’s 2015 free agent frenzy tracker

    Jul 1, 2015, 2:30 PM EDT

    Mike Green Getty Images

    All the signings from what promises to be a busy day.

  9. KHLers Burmistrov (Jets), Tikhonov (‘Hawks) make NHL returns

    Jul 1, 2015, 2:06 PM EDT

    Alex Burmistrov AP

    Both spent the last few seasons playing in Russia.

  10. Lightning nab Condra for three years

    Jul 1, 2015, 2:01 PM EDT

    Marc Methot Chris Terry AP

    One of the Senators’ main penalty-killers last season.

  11. Canucks pick up Bartkowski

    Jul 1, 2015, 1:29 PM EDT

    Buffalo Sabres v Boston Bruins Getty Images

    27-year-old never really panned out in Boston.

  12. Coyotes stay busy, ink Downie, Michalek and Lindback

    Jul 1, 2015, 1:22 PM EDT

    Steve Downie Getty Images

    Having already signed former Canuck Brad Richardson.

  13. Avs sign ‘versatile, dependable’ Comeau to three-year, $7.2M deal

    Jul 1, 2015, 1:11 PM EDT

    Toronto Maple Leafs v Pittsburgh Penguins Getty Images

    Nice raise after playing for $700,000 in Pittsburgh last season.

  14. Blockbuster: Kessel traded to the Penguins

    Jul 1, 2015, 1:08 PM EDT

    150701-Phil-Kessel Getty Images

    End of an era in Toronto. A premier goal-scoring winger heads to Pittsburgh.

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. D. Hamilton (2399)
  2. M. Richards (2359)
  3. C. Talbot (2080)
  4. R. O'Reilly (1980)
  5. S. Gagner (1914)
  1. A. Niemi (1772)
  2. E. Etem (1741)
  3. R. Lehner (1711)
  4. M. Lucic (1616)
  5. C. Pronger (1523)