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    NYI Prospects Thread

    Here’s a look at the Isles’ top prospects.

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    Kyle Okposo -- Okposo means ‘thunder storm’ in Nigerian, so perhaps the Lightning should have drafted him. But the Islanders grabbed him with the seventh-overall pick in 2006. Okposo isn't all that big at 6-feet, 190 pounds, but his attitude and broad shoulders make him seem bigger. On the ice, he definitely plays bigger ... and very well.

    As a freshman at the University of Minnesota last season, Okposo finished second on his team with 19 goals and 40 points and was the seventh-leading freshman scorer in the NCAA. Okposo was named to the WCHA All-Rookie team and the All-WCHA second team, the only freshman picked to be on one of the top two conference teams. He was the top player in the USHL the previous season, making the First All-Star team, earning rookie of the year honors and being named the playoff MVP.

    Okposo had one assist in seven WJC games last winter and is a strong candidate to play again for Team USA. Okposo will return to Minnesota for at least one more season.

    "Kyle had a really good first year at the University of Minnesota," Islanders Assistant GM Ryan Jankowski said. "Kyle had a very strong start and played exceptionally well at the World Junior Championship. He went from being a high scorer at Shattuck-St. Mary’s to the USHL to a high scorer in college. Ted Nolan likes him a lot. He's strong with exceptional skills and he has a lot of drive and determination. We're looking for him to have a strong second season in college and for him to develop his leadership skills there. He'll represent the USA again at the World Juniors. This year will be another big step and we expect he'll take up where he left off and continue to progress."

    Blake Comeau --This is how to define Comeau: In 253 Western Hockey League games with the Kelowna Rockets, Comeau had 60 goals and 117 assists for 177 points in 253 games and a plus-49 rating. He is neither a prolific scorer nor a liability. He's a player whose best aspects are the intangibles. He produced points as a junior, but at a rate of 0.7 points per game, good at the NHL level, but not so hot when you're trying to separate yourself from average players of your generation in Canadian juniors. On the other hand, that's a pretty impressive plus-minus ratio. His teams have won not because of his scoring, but rather they score consistently more than their opponents. Can you say Jay Pandolfo? Comeau went scoreless in three NHL games last year which is either typical of players getting "a cup of coffee" or a harbinger. More input: When he was out of the lineup with an ankle injury late in the season after his Bridgeport team had gotten on a roll, in part due to his contributions, the Sound Tigers went 8-7. An enigma wrapped in a riddle? No, Comeau is a good hockey player with an understanding of his defensive responsibilities who is likely to score at a lower level in the NHL than he has in junior and the AHL.

    "Blake got off to a really good start last year in his first year as a professional at Bridgeport, then the grind of the pro game wore him down," Jankowski said. "He needs to be a little stronger, but he has very good skills and is very dangerous in the offensive zone. Blake has a lot of raw talent to add to his skills. What we love about him is that he has been a winner at every level. He went to the Memorial Cup three times with the Kelowna Rockets, winning once with two seconds. That's a lot of great experiences that will hopefully help him bring his winning ways to the New York Islanders."
    Rhett Rakhshani -- On the ice, it's obvious that Rakhshani, listed at 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds, is smaller than most players, but the University of Denver forward is an excellent skater and playmaker. He led the Pioneers with 25 assists as a freshman last season and posted 10 goals. Rakhshani led Denver with a plus-15 rating. He tied for fourth among WCHA freshman with 25 points in league games. Rakhshani was the MVP of the mid-season Denver Cup. He was voted top freshman and top scholar-athlete.

    "I just saw Rhett last weekend at the USA evaluation camp for the World Junior team in Lake Placid," Jankowski said. "He combines a lot of things we like in a player. He has great puck ability and extremely good vision. Rhett handles the puck very well, even in tight situations. You can see his feistiness, skills and his love of hockey every time he goes out on the ice. We're happy with what he did as a freshman with the University of Denver and we're hoping he takes another step forward this year. He can get more involved and become more of a complete player. The icing on the cake would be if he makes the World Junior team and plays in an offensive role for Team USA. We want to see him succeed at a high level like that. That would cap his year."


    Jeremy Colliton had 71 goals and 105 assists in 229 games over four seasons with the Prince Albert Raiders of the WHL.

    Jeremy Colliton -- In 229 games over four seasons with the Prince Albert Raiders (WHL), Colliton had 71 goals and 105 assists, was even on the plus-minus scale and had 227 penalty minutes. He's an agitating forechecker and a hard hitter. Colliton had 21 goals and 32 assists in 66 games as an AHL rookie with Bridgeport in 2005-06 and put up 10 goals and 12 assists in 45 games there last year before a season-ending shoulder injury.

    "Jeremy gave us a hard-working, honest second year in Bridgeport before his injury ended his season," Jankowski said. "He needs to get stronger and get more power in his skating, but his leadership, character and dedication are what the New York Islanders are looking for. He's not far away from being an Islander full-time, but we want to be patient with him after the injury. Jeremy is the type of player you love to have because of those intangibles, character, leadership, determination. He has great hockey sense and overall ability to process the game. He has a bright future."

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    Frans Nielsen --Yet another top player from that hockey hotbed, Denmark. Say what? Nielsen became the first Dane to play in the NHL on Jan. 6 and the first Dane to score in the NHL on Feb. 24. Nielsen moved to Sweden to play when he was 17 and spent four years with the Malmo organization before switching for one season to Timra. He had 20 goals and 44 points in 54 games for Bridgeport last season, his first in North America. Nielsen was brought up to play in January and had a goal and an assist in 15 NHL games. He's a terrific passer who makes teammates better and he has an excellent feel for the game. The expectation is that he could center the Islanders' second line in the near future.

    "Frans made a great adjustment to the American Hockey League and playing most of his career in Sweden and Denmark," Jankowski said. "Frans has a lot of the unteachables in his game. He does the little things very well and adds exceptional skating skills. He was a bright surprise for our organization last year. We thought it would take him longer to adjust to the pro game. We underestimated him as a hockey player a little bit. We're looking forward to him getting stronger and adding more power. He's not far away from becoming a full-time New York Islander."
    Petteri Nokelainen -- Nokelainen was drafted with the 16th overall pick in 2004 as a defensive center with some offensive upside. After two seasons in the Finnish Elite League, he jumped directly to the Islanders in 2005. He was struggling with an ankle problem when he badly damaged his knee in November 2005. Nokelainen was sent to Bridgeport last season and posted six goals and 10 assists in 60 games while going minus-11. He appeared a step slow and that negatively affected his scoring, playmaking and defensive duties. The Islanders aren't ready to write off the 21-year-old because they've seen his commitment to getting back to full strength. His character is top shelf.

    "Petteri had a good year after missing his 19-year-old season with a serious knee injury," Jankowski said. "That's as tough a year to miss as there is, a very important year development-wise. But Petteri has extremely high determination and that helped him get over the injury. We're very excited in our organization about his recovery and having him at the AHL level to continue to develop his game. He's not very far away from being a New York Islander because of his character and determination. This will be a very important year for us to get him back on track. I think this is going to be a breakthrough year for him at Bridgeport."
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    Dustin Kohn -- After consistently scoring at a half-point per game average over four seasons in the WHL, Kohn exploded last spring for the Brandon Wheat Kings in the playoffs, notching a goal and eight assists in nine games. The Islanders aren't looking for scoring from him because he's a defensive specialist who keeps his penalty minutes low. He has a lot of strength and conditioning work ahead of him if he intends to play that role in the NHL. Kohn is listed at 6-2 and 182 pounds.

    "Dustin had a great year with Brandon," Jankowski said. "He was given more of an offensive role than in the past. Dustin will turn pro this year and play in Bridgeport. He'll have to make some adjustments. It won't be easy because the players are stronger and there's a faster pace and he has some areas in which he has to improve. We like his credentials, especially for the new game in the NHL. He certainly looks like a defenseman that you can mold into an NHL player."

    Andrew MacDonald --He didn't start playing junior hockey until he was 19, but MacDonald came on fast for the Moncton Wildcats two seasons ago, posting six goals and 40 assists while going plus-22 for the QMJHL regular-season champs and Memorial Cup finalists. He returned last year with 14 goals and 44 assists and a plus-5 rating for a weaker Wildcats' team under a new coaching staff. He'll go to Bridgeport this season for more experience while working on his strength and conditioning. He's a strong skater with good passing skills and a good understanding of the position.

    "Andy was a late bloomer and relatively unknown in his draft year," Jankowski said. "He had only one year in the QMJHL at that point after playing in Junior A in the Maritimes. Andy has tremendous hockey sense and a great love of the game. He's very talented too. We'll give him time to learn the pro game and add strength and power. He's still a couple of years away, but I think he is going to be a big surprise to a lot of other organizations in the way that he develops. Ted Nolan coached him at Moncton and knows his character and he brought that information to the table at the 2006 draft when we selected him. He'll take big steps this year as he develops in Bridgeport."
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    Stefan Ridderwall --If the name sounds a bit familiar, it's because Ridderwall's father, Rolf, won an Olympic bronze medal with Sweden in 1984 and was the top player in the Swedish Elite League in 1989-90. Stefan Ridderwall's cousin, Calle, plays in the USHL and will be attending Notre Dame. Like his dad, Stefan Ridderwall plays for Djurgarden. Stefan has a hybrid butterfly-standup style with good positioning and reflexes. He spent most of the last season with his club's junior team but did get some exposure at the professional level.

    "He had an excellent year in the Swedish junior league, getting his team to the final game," Jankowski said. "He was the No. 1 goalie on Djurgarden's junior team. He was especially effective down the stretch and into the playoffs. Stephan is a very hard worker and he was rewarded for his efforts as he took major strides in developing his game. He's going to be promoted to the Djurgarden team in the Swedish Elite League where he can challenge for the No. 1 job. His development curve is definitely on the upswing but this year he will be playing against men in the professional ranks. We're hoping he can have as good a year as he did last season."
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    Kyle Okposo is an animal..hes going off to college this season but next year he will be an islander no doubt..the kid is a beast

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    University of Minnesota sophomore Kyle Okposo has made the decision to forgo the remainder of the 2007-08 season and his career with the Golden Gophers following the World Junior Hockey Championship where he will play for Team USA.

    ''While I'm disappointed Kyle is leaving at this point of the season, his dream has been to play pro hockey,'' Minnesota coach Don Lucia said in a press release. ''It is unfortunate that the Islanders put him in a very difficult position. I think our team has made strides the last few weeks and I'm looking forward to the second half of the season.''

    Okposo, drafted seventh overall in 2006 by the New York Islanders, is believed to be close to agreement on an entry-level contract with the team and is said to be open to all options as he prepares to embark on his professional career.

    If the Islanders have a spot for him, he will make his NHL debut.

    Otherwise, the team is likely to keep its options open, which could include an assignment in Bridgeport, the Islanders American Hockey League affiliate, or a stint in the Western Hockey League with the Everett Silvertips, the CHL team that owns his junior player rights.





    Sources add that Okposo wanted to turn pro in the summer, but decided to return to college hockey for one more year instead.

    In his sophomore season with the Golden Gophers this season, Okposo has recorded six goals and five assists in 18 games.
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    okposo has 1G,4A in his first 2 ahl games.....o buddy
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    NYI Prospects Continue To Shine
    Gregoire and Kessel among finalists for major USHL awards
    The Islanders future looks promising as two of the Orange and Blue’s young prospects are up for major awards in the United States Hockey League. Left wing Jason Gregoire of the Lincoln Stars and defenseman Blake Kessel of the Waterloo Black Hawks are each in a group of three finalists for the USHL Forward of the Year and Defenseman of the Year awards respectively. Gregoire is also a finalist for USHL Player of the Year.

    "It's nice for them to be nominated in their respective positions," said Assistant GM & Director of Amateur Scouting Ryan Jankowski. "They worked hard this year and both had good seasons. It's rewarding for them to be recognized for their season-long accomplishments."

    Gregoire, a 5-11, 175-pound native of Winnipeg, who was the Islanders’ third round selection (76th overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, has recorded a league-leading 35 goals to go along with 31 assists for 66 points in 52 games played. He has led the Stars to a 29-22-7 record and a spot in the USHL playoffs. Gregoire’s 14 power play tallies are second in the USHL. In 32 games last season, Gregoire tallied 16 goals and 20 assists with Lincoln – his first season with the team.

    Kessel, in his second season with Waterloo has put up remarkable numbers as a defenseman. The Islanders’ sixth round selection (166th overall) in the 2007 draft, Kessel has tallied 19 goals to go along with 36 assists for 55 points in 57 games for while helping lead Waterloo to a 36-17-5 record, also clinching a spot in the USHL playoffs. Kessel is the league leader among USHL defensemen for goals and points and his 36 assists are one shy of the league lead. Even though he is a defenseman, Kessel continues to lead his team in points on the season. Last season, Kessel tallied 11 goals and 27 assists in 59 games for the Black Hawks.

    "Both will be starting their respective playoff series next week," said Jankowski. "It's a good opportunity for them to raise their game to next level."

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    Two NYI Prospects Earn USHL Honors
    Jason Gregoire named Player/Forward of the Year and Blake Kessel picks up Defenseman of the Year Award
    Islanders prospects Jason Gregoire and Blake Kessel were recognized for their outstanding seasons in the United States Hockey League. Gregoire, drafted by the Islanders in the third round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft was named the B2 Networks Player of the Year and the CCM Forward of the Year. Kessel, the Islanders’ 2007 sixth round pick of the Entry Draft was named the ProGuard Defenseman of the Year.

    "Congratulations to Jason and Blake for earning their respective awards this season," said Assistant GM & Director of Amateur Scouting Ryan Jankowski. "They worked hard this year and both had good seasons. It's rewarding for them to be recognized for their season-long accomplishments."

    Gregoire is in his second season with the Stars, serving as their team captain and leading Lincoln in goals (37) and points (69). He was among the league's scoring leaders throughout the season and was chosen to play in the 2008 USHL Prospects/All-Star Game.

    Gregoire, a native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, will play his college hockey beginning next season at the University of North Dakota. Gregoire is the 16th player to receive both the player of the year and forward of the year awards in the same season. He is also the first non-American to be named the USHL's top player since 2000, when Omaha goaltender Dan Ellis won the award. Gregoire's 37 goals were the second-most ever scored in a season for Lincoln.

    Kessel is in his second season with the Waterloo Black Hawks and has become one of the best offensive defenseman the USHL has seen in recent years. After putting up 11-27-38 as a rookie last year, Kessel evolved into the leader of Waterloo's blue line corps and their quarterback on the power play, scoring 19 goals and 57 points in his second USHL season.

    The Verona, Wisconsin native is a two-time USHL All-Star and was a member of the USHL All-Rookie Team a year ago. He is committed to play college hockey at the University of New Hampshire.

    "Both will be starting their respective playoff series this week," said Jankowski. "It's a good opportunity for them to raise their game to next level."

    You can catch both Gregoire and Kessel at this summer's Islanders Prospects Camp held in July at Islanders Iceworks in Syosset.

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    I used to go to games when I was a kid and watch Brian Trottier, Mike Bossy, and Dennis Potvin play together........why have the hockey gods forsaken us?????

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    Corey Trivino
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    Trivino scored 58 points (24 goals) in 49 games for Junior A Stouffville in 2006-07, and improved on those numbers this year. He had 69 points (19 goals) in 39 games, one point shy of the team lead. He manned the point on the power play as well, which got him 14 power-play assists, and three power-play goals. ISS had Trivino ranked at #26.

    Trivino will attend the Canadian National Junior Team development camp.

    2007-08: In his second season with the Stouffville Spirit (OPJHL), Trivino recorded 69 points (19+50) in just 39 games. He was selected to play for Team Canada at the World Junior 18-A tournament where he recorded seven points (4+3) in seven games. In post season action with Stouffville, Trivino tallied 22 points (5+17) in 15 games.

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    Jesse Joensuu
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    Joensuu was a very early developer. He grew to a man's height early and generally played with older players, even making his professional debut right before reaching the age of 16 in 2003. His development has been slightly slower since and he hasn't been a big star in games against his age group internationally, although he has held his own and played solid two-way hockey against men. As Joensuu enters the draft, he already has behind him two WJC tournaments and 110 pro games, including the 2006 final series of the Finnish SM-Liiga.

    2006-07: Joensuu's game is finally beginning to catch up to his tremendous size - 6'4 and 205 pounds -- in this, his third year with Assat. At the halfway point this season, the young forward was already on pace to pass career-high marks in goals, assists and points. He eventually went on to demolish those numbers, scoring nine goals, 17 assists for 26 points in 52 games played. While a point in every other game may not impress all, Assat was at the bottom of the standings for a majority of the season, making it difficult for Joensuu to enjoy any further success. His season-ending stats put him in a fifth-place tie on the team.

    Joensuu also represented Team Finland at the World Junior Championships, scoring a goal in his team's quarterfinal loss against Team USA.

    2007-08: In his North-American hockey debut, Joensuu dressed for Bridgeport Sounds’ the final game of the season. Prior to his lone AHL contest of the season, he played his final year in Assat and finished with his best numbers in the Finish Elite League, tallying 35 points (17+18) while totaling 89 penalty minutes.


    Analysis

    Joensuu first emerged as a big forward capable of playing strong in the corners and eager to lead the offense in all of its aspects - an aspiring franchise player, so to speak. He is still looking able to do all that, but the overall level isn't looking quite that good. Joensuu has sharpness in his turns and skating but lacks quick acceleration. He still hasn't accustomed to his tall body, which also hurts him in battles for the puck. He tries difficult dekes with a good success rate and can make plays in short spaces, but his wrist shot is very slow and awkward. The trouble with finishing has hurt his offense overall. Joensuu has an athelete's mindset and is likely capable to develop NHL scoring line talent over time.

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    Kirill Petrov
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    2007-08: He further built on this success during the 2007-08 season, skating the entire season with Kazan’s senior team in the Super League and also continuing to hold a leading role on Russia’s U18 squad, earning the silver medal at his second U18 World Junior Championships. Petrov has shown mixed results in Russia, as he put up lackluster numbers last season with Ak Bars Kazan but excelled at the 2008 U-18 World Junior Championships. In Super League play, Petrov only registered 13 points in 55 games with Ak Bars Kazan during the 2007-08 season. However, he dominated at the WJC by recording seven points in six games. Petrov also came away with the “Best Forward” award and was named to the WJC All-Star Team.

    Analysis
    Kiril Petrov is a talented young prospect who has size, speed and skill. Standing at 6’3 and almost 200 pounds, the young forward is hard to knock off the puck and can deliver an impressive physical presence, if properly motivated. Still, he needs to better utilize his size and play better physically, as he is still not fully aware of his size and the ability that comes with it. In regards to his speed, Petrov is a very strong skater with impressive quickness. He is also a capable puck handler and when combining lal three elements of size, speed and skill, Petrov is capable of making the most with very little room. Beyond his soft touch, Petrov also sees the ice well, but does need to further step up his game to make quick and reliable decisions, since at times he tends to make errant passes under pressure. Even his errant passes tend to generate from some good ideas, but they are dangerous for his team and can at times make costly turnovers. Another significant development area for Petrov is his defensive play, as he tends to float and wait for a breakout instead of falling back and using his physicality to help out his teammates. Overall, Petrov is an impressive and tempting package of physical presence, skating ability and soft hands, but who needs to further improve his defensive play and his decisionmaking.

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    very interesting i heard alot about a winger who was playing in the same league i think as taveras that the islanders have his last name start with a B and its pretty long and i heard he was the mvp of the all star game any info on this kid is he the real deal??

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    Quote Originally Posted by joe j.09 View Post
    very interesting i heard alot about a winger who was playing in the same league i think as taveras that the islanders have his last name start with a B and its pretty long and i heard he was the mvp of the all star game any info on this kid is he the real deal??
    Justin Dibenedetto
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    2007-08: Put up incredible numbers for the Sting, finishing second to Steven Stamkos in scoring. The year before, he scored 28 goals and 63 points in 58 games, but this season upped that to 39 goals and 93 points. He also had 10 points in 9 playoff games

    Analysis
    His numbers speak of some good potential, especially with the right teammates.

    This year he is tearing it up
    52 Games played, 39 Goals, 40 Assists total of 79 points with a +/- of 10

    all without Stamkos
    He is currently 4th in the OHL in scoring....behind John Tavares and a few others

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