The Islanders signed college free agent John Stevens to a two-year entry level contract, the team announced on Monday.
Stevens, the son of Los Angeles Kings associate head coach John Stevens, played four years at Northeastern and served as captain for the 2016-17 campaign. Stevens, a forward, recorded 28 points (five goals, 23 assists) in 25 games this season with Northeastern.
In January, SB Nation’s college hockey site listed Stevens as one of the top NCAA NHL free agent prospects for this season. At the time they wrote:
John Stevens is the son of an NHL coach, and that really shows in his game. He’s not the most physically-gifted athlete, but he makes up for that with incredibly high hockey IQ. He’s a smart, two-way centerman that plays a very complete game. He doesn’t have tremendous upside, but lots of potential to be a reliable defensive centerman at the NHL level.
Stevens has 106 points (26 goals, 80 assists) over his four-year career with Northeastern, and helped them win the Hockey East Title and clinch a berth to the NCAA tournament in 2016.