The New York Islanders have signed Ferris State junior forward Kyle Schempp to a two-year entry level contract. The Islanders drafted Schempp in the sixth round, 155th overall in the 2014 Draft.
Schempp had a surprise breakout freshman season scoring 10-15-25 in 43 games with Ferris State as the Bulldogs spent most of the season near the top of the national rankings. That performance got him drafted by the Islanders that summer. Though he struggled a bit in his sophomore campaign, he rebounded with a strong junior campaign, again scoring 25 points, and helping leading Ferris State to a surprise trip to the NCAA quarterfinals.
Schempp is a strong two-way forward with a knack for finding open space in the offensive zone and capitalizing when he gets quality scoring opportunities. He's not much of an offensive creator, but when he is set up with an opportunity, he has exceptional finishing ability.
Schempp's contract will begin next season. He'll finish the year on an ATO with the Islanders AHL affiliate in Bridgeport.