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Islanders Sign Four More: Cholowski, Durandeau, LaDue, Fasching



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Just a day after signing Noah Dobson, Alexander Romanov, and Kieffer Bellows, the New York Islanders announced that they have signed four more players.

Defensemen Dennis Cholowski and Paul Ladue, along with forward Arnaud Durandeau, have agreed to terms on two-year, two-way deals while forward Hudson Fasching has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract.

Here are the financial breakdowns:

Dennis Cholowski

Picked one spot before New York Islanders forward Kieffer Bellows, Dennis Cholowski was drafted 20th overall by the Detroit Red Wings at the 2016 NHL Draft. The 6’2, 179 lb defenseman is entering his fifth NHL season, and it’s been a journey.

In 115 career games, the 24-year-old Cholowski has 10 goals and 20 assists, with a -50.

After playing three years with Detroit, Cholowski was chosen by the Seattle Kraken during the Expansion Draft but never played a game for them. Instead, he was placed on waivers, and the Washington Capitals claimed him.

He played just seven games in the nation’s capital before being placed back on waivers, where he was reclaimed by Seattle.

Stefen Rosner chatted with Sammi Silber of Washington Hockey Now upon the signing to learn a little more about the former first-round pick.

The New York Islanders are still in need of a sixth defenseman, a left-handed shot defenseman to play alongside veteran Scott Mayfield. Cholowski will now be competing along with Robin Salo and Sebastian Aho for that final spot.

Cholowski does have a connection with the New York Islanders as assistant coach Dough Houda, who was brought in by Lane Lambert earlier this summer, coached Cholowski in Detroit. Houda worked with the penalty kill units and on the defensive side of the puck.

Arnaud Durandeau

Since 2019, Arnaud Durandeau has been a member of the New York Islanders organization. The 23-year-old former 6th-round pick has not been given a chance at the NHL level just yet but is coming off a really strong season with the Bridgeport Islanders.

In 64 regular season games played in Bridgeport, he scored 15 goals and 22 assists.

During Bridgeport’s postseason run, he had a goal and an assist, his goal being an overtime winner in Game 1 against the Providence Bruins.

There is no spot for Durandeau with the big club this upcoming season but he could be an option as a depth piece if he showcases that last season was not a fluke.

Paul LaDue & Hudson Fasching

The 29-year-old Paul LaDue did get a chance at the NHL level with the New York Islanders in 2021-22 during their first COVID-19 crisis, playing against the New York Rangers on Nov. 24.

That was his only NHL appearance of the season.

In 60 games for the Bridgeport Islanders, Ladue notched four goals and eight assists before posting a point in six postseason games.

LaDue has not shown enough to be considered for a starting NHL spot and is rather unlikely to be in the running for the seventh, extra spot. He will continue to be a veteran presence in the AHL, something that is always a need.

Hudson Fasching was a fourth-round selection by the Los Angeles Kings back in 2013, took his talents to the University of Minnesota, where he was over a point per game player in his last season.

Following college hockey, Fasching made his NHL debut for the Buffalo Sabres playing 22 games with them from 2015-18. He then went on to join the Arizona Coyotes organization, mostly playing for the Tuscon Roadrunners of the AHL, with just 16 games for the Coyotes over a six-year span.

In 2021-22 with the Roadrunners, Fasching had 14 goals and 23 assists in 51 games played.


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