A converted forward it’s no wonder that Vande Sompel operates extremely well as an offensive defenseman with high-end puck moving abilities. He’s not terrible defensively but it’s an area that will need continued focus in order to ensure he experiences success at the next level.
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July 2022 – After the Isles waived him, Vande Sompel signed with the Colorado Eagles, the AHL affiliate of the Avalanche. His development has been short-circuited by the pandemic and injuries, notably an arm problem that cost him an entire season. The 25-year-old converted forward is dynamic offensively. Although he’s up to 198 pounds, concerns remain about his ability to defend. He’ll have time to work on that in the AHL because the parent Avs are well-stocked with offensive blueliners. Might he be moved back up front? Mark Allan
March 2022 – Vande Sompel’s game is not trending well in his fourth AHL season. It would have been his fifth pro campaign if he hadn’t missed the entire 2019-20 season with a serious arm injury. Getting into just 20 games in a COVID-shortened 2020-21 season also hurt his development. No goals and 12 assists in 43 appearances this season are not what is expected from a converted forward. An impending UFA, he’s not guaranteed a contract offer from the Isles. Mark Allan
October 2021 – Vande Sompel was among 10 players waived by the Islanders in their first round of training camp transactions. He was assigned to the Bridgeport Islanders of the AHL. Mark Allan
July 2021 – Could the pandemic have arrived at a worse time for a converted forward still learning a