A defenseman a day keeps the prospects away.

The New York Islanders have claimed (and announced on the scoreboard) Thomas Hickey off of waivers from the Los Angeles Kings, in a move that brings another defenseman to camp and takes a shot on a player who was once a top prospect.

Hickey, drafted fourth overall in the 2007 NHL Draft, has still yet to make his NHL debut five years later. Part of that is due to his own performance not living up to his lofty draft stock, though he went on to win gold at the WJC with Canada in 2008 and 2009 (the latter year as captain).

The other part is that other players internally (Drew Doughty, Alec Martinez, Slava Voynov) and externally (Willie Mitchell, Rob Scuderi) have passed him on the rebuild depth chart for what became the 2012 Stanley Cup champion Kings. As Cory Pronman described in September, Hickey's had to transition from a projected offensive defenseman to more of a safe one.