NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The New York Islanders and defenseman Adam Pelech have agreed on a four-year contract, the team announced Monday.

The deal is worth an annual average of $1.6 million, Newsday reported. Pellech had been a restricted free agent.

Adam Pelech

Islanders defenseman Adam Pelech (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

A third-round pick by the Islanders in 2012, Pelech, 22, skated in 44 games as a rookie last season, recording three goals and seven assists. The Toronto native played in nine games with the Isles in 2015-16 and had two assists.

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“Adam has proven at a very young age that he’s capable of playing an important defensive role on our team,” Islanders president and general manager Garth Snow said in a news release. “He will be an important piece of our defensive core moving forward and I’m excited to watch him continue to develop at the NHL level.”

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