After hundreds of players found themselves on waivers the last few weeks, the wire was silent Monday save for one name. Michael Dal Colle was placed on waivers by the New York Islanders, meaning he has officially signed a contract with the team. Dal Colle was an unrestricted free agent after failing to receive a qualifying offer from the Islanders earlier this offseason but spent camp with the team. He will now likely report to the minor leagues should he clear. The financial details of his apparent contract have not yet been released.
Though he’ll never shed the label of a fifth-overall pick, Dal Colle has worked to grind his way up to being a reliable depth option for the Islanders. He played in 26 games for the team last season, recording just four points but posting strong possession numbers in a limited role. This is his first time on waivers, meaning perhaps a team will make a claim, but the Islanders likely are confident that he can clear and serve in an injury call-up role this time around.
The 6-3 forward isn’t going to be an impact player, but for an Islanders team that has its sights set on the Stanley Cup, depth like Dal Colle is important to add whenever possible.