Ty Wishart
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Ty Wishart


Comox British Columbia

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Trade with Tampa Bay, 2011


215 lbs.

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2004-05: Ty Wishart played in 58 games as a rookie in the WHL with Prince George. He scored 1 goal with 7 assists and was -14 with 41 PIM.

2005-06: Wishart assumed a full-time role with Prince George in his second season. He played in all situations for the Cougars and was usually on the ice against many of the B.C. Division’s top forwards. Wishart scored 5 goals with 32 assists and was +12 with 68 PIM wile collecting 68 penalty minutes. He was scoreless and -3 with 4 PIM in five playoff games for the Cougars, who made the playoffs for the first time since the 2001-2002 season. Wishart played for Canada in the WJC U-18 tournament in Sweden and was scoreless with 14 PIM in seven games. Wishart also played in the CHL/NHL Top Prospects game. He was selected by the San Jose Sharks in the first round (16th overall) of the NHL draft.

2006-07: Wishart had some injury troubles early on, resulting in a rocky start to the season for Prince George but he and the Cougars turned things around, qualifying for the playoffs and making a surprising run to the WHL Western conference finals. Wishart scored 11 goals with 38 assists and was +15 with 59 PIM in 62 games. He had six power play goals for the Cougars. In the playoffs, Wishart scored 3 goals with 8 assists and was +5 with 6 PIM in 15 games.

2007-08: Wishart returned to Prince George after attending Sharks' camp and was then traded to Moose Jaw in a multi-player deal in January. Wishart scored 12 goals (ten on the power play) with 28 assists and was -4 with 34 PIM in 40 games for the struggling Cougars before the trade. He finished the season with 16 goals and 51 assists and was +7 with 52 PIM in 72 games between the two clubs and was named to the Western Conference Second All-Star Team. In six playoff games with Moose Jaw, he scored 1 goal with 3 assists with an even plus/minus and 2 PIM. Wishart made his pro debut following the season with San Jose's AHL affiliate. He was scoreless in five games and +1 for Worcester. Wishart was acquired by the Lightning in a July trade with San Jose along with Matt Carle and draft picks for Dan Boyle and Brad Lukowich.

2008-09: Wishart spent the majority of his first season in the Tampa Bay organization with Norfolk in the AHL before making his NHL debut with the Lightning. In a pair of mid-season callups with the Lightning, Wishart appeared in five games and had 1 assist with an even plus/minus. He saw limited ice time in his first four games before playing nearly 16 minutes in a February game with Carolina. With Norfolk, he scored 1 goal with 6 assists and was +5 with 25 PIM in 61 games for the Admirals.

2009-10: Wishart's second season with the Lightning organization was one of development – as he spent the entire season in a full-time role with Norfolk. With increased ice time, Wishart displayed many of the traits he had in juniors – including the power play presence that was a big part of his offensive game. He scored 9 goals (five on the power play) with 23 assists and had 44 PIM. While his plus/minus was a team worst -18, at least a portion of that could be attributed to his logging a lot of minutes on a team that struggled and did not make the playoffs.

2010-11: Wishart saw the most extensive NHL action of his career; appearing in 20 games with the Islanders after being acquired from Tampa Bay in exchange for veteran goaltender Dwayne Roloson in a January 2011 trade. Wishart scored 1 goal, a power play goal, with 4 assists and was +5 with 10 PMs after being recalled from AHL Bridgeport. Wishart opened the season with Tampa Bay AHL affiliate Norfolk and scored 4 goals with 14 assists and was +13 with 33 PMs in 31 games before the trade. In 20 games with Bridgeport he had 9 assists and was -2 with 8 PMs.

2011-12: Wishart appeared in one February game with the Islanders in his fourth pro season, seeing 17 minutes of ice time with no points or penalty minutes in a game at St. Louis.  He spent the rest of the season with New York's AHL affiliate Bridgeport.  In 71 games for the Sound Tigers he was minus-two with 5 goals and 14 assists and had 32 penalty minutes. He was re-signed as an unrestricted free agent to a one-year contract by the Islanders in July, 2012.


Talent Analysis

Wishart has excellent size and is very mobile given how big he is. On the other hand he does not use his body enough, but defensemen of his size are very hard to find. Towering defensemen usually take much longer to develop so there is still is hope for this former first-round draft pick.



Wishart projects at best as a fifth or sixth defensemen in the NHL.