New York Islanders prospect Nino Niederreiter has requested a trade, according to Katie Strang of ESPN New York on Tuesday afternoon.
Citing a source close to the situation, Strang reports that Niederreiter's representation has extended the request because the player is unhappy with his current situation with the team. Presently playing with the club's American Hockey League affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Niederreiter was not extended an invitation to training camp this season.
At the time, the 20-year-old forward stated that he was disappointed by the decision but wasn't going to allow it to frustrate him.
Now, it appears it is the reason he is requesting a trade.
Originally selected with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2010 NHL Draft by the Islanders, Niederreiter signed his entry level contract in that same year. He ultimately played in nine games with the Islanders during the 2010-11 season, registering a goal and an assist for two points in nine games. After his ninth game, the Islanders returned him to his junior team, the Portland Winterhawks.
In 2011-12, he appeared in 55 games with New York, compiling one goal during that span.
This season, he has registered 36 points (19 goals, 17 assists) in 39 games with Bridgeport.