New York Islanders prospect Scott Eansor has announced that he will retired from professional hockey giving up the final year of his current contract with the team. Eansor was signed in March of 2018 to a two-year entry-level deal after an impressive rookie campaign with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. His offense dropped considerably last season and he ended up playing just 40 games, but after being cut from NHL training camp last week has apparently decided to hang up his skates for good.
The 23-year old was previously a teammate of Mathew Barzal with the Seattle Thunderbirds, where he carried more of the defensive responsibility down the middle. The two won a WHL championship together in 2017, when Eansor was serving as captain. He also won a World Junior bronze medal with Team USA, but went undrafted. The young forward will finish his professional career having never made it to the NHL.
Retirement should clear a contract spot for the Islanders who previously sat at 48/50, giving them more flexibility when it comes to signing or trading for players this season.