Islanders sign right winger William Dufour to three-year, entry-level contract

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The Islanders have signed William Dufour to a three-year, entry level contract, the team announced on Thursday.

Drafted by the Isles in the 2020 NHL Draft in the fifth round (152nd overall), Dufour has been tearing it up in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this season.

In 61 games, the 20-year-old leads the QMJHL in goals (52) and points (109) playing for the Saint John Sea Dogs, who are currently in second place in the Maritimes Division and have clinched a playoff spot.

Dufour’s 109 points tallied this season is a Sea Dogs single-season record, surpassing Jonathan Huberdeau’s previous mark of 105. Dufour also leads the league in game-winning goals (12), is tied for the league lead in power play goals (17) and is sixth in assists (57), leading the league’s most potent offense.

The Quebec native has played in 197 career games in the QMJHL with the Drummondville Voltigeurs, Chicoutimi Sagueneens and Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, but has seen a meteoric rise this season with Saint John.