|Okposo leaves Minnesota to sign with New York Islanders|
|Written by Admin|
|Wednesday, 19 December 2007 14:43|
Okposo, selected seventh overall in the 2006 draft, is the eighth Gophers player to forgo remaining eligibility to turn pro since the end of the 2005-06 season.
The native of St. Paul, who played at prep school Shattuck St. Mary's in Faribault, is playing with the U.S. Under-20 national team at the world junior championships in the Czech Republic. He'll join the Islanders following the tournament.
``While I'm disappointed Kyle is leaving at this point of the season, his dream has been to play pro hockey,'' Minnesota coach Don Lucia said. ``It is unfortunate that the Islanders put him in a very difficult position. I think our team has made strides the last few weeks, and I'm looking forward to the second half of the season.''
After finishing with 19 goals and 21 assists as a freshman, Okposo had a slow start to the season with an eight-game scoreless streak after a three-point game in the opener. He had seven goals and four assists in 18 games for the Gophers (9-8-1).