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    Quote Originally Posted by long suffering View Post
    Personally I think Blake Comeau is not used properly, if you put him on a line with a scorer, you will see him blossom, he is a strong skater, with good hands, not a lot of speed but enough to make things happen, put him with Tavares and Okposo and see how he does.
    This is random, but I believe this young man's only post was accurate lol


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    Hockeysfuture Islander's top 20 prospects (Updated 3/13/10)

    Top 20 at a glance

    1. Calvin de Haan, D, 7.5D
    2. Jesse Joensuu, LW, 6.5B
    3. Travis Hamonic, D 7C
    4. Kirill Petrov, RW 7.5D
    5. Andrew MacDonald, 7C
    6. Rob Schremp, C 7D
    7. Trevor Smith, C 6.5C
    8. Jason Gregoire, LW 7D
    9. Rhett Rakhshani, RW 7D
    10. Aaron Ness, D 7D
    11. Mikko Koskinen, G 7D
    12. Anders Nilsson, G 7D
    13. Corey Trivino, C 7D
    14. Casey Cizikas, C 7D
    15. Justin DiBenedetto, C 7D
    16. Brian Day, RW 6.5C
    17. Matt Donovan, D 7D
    18. Kevin Poulin, G 7D
    19. Dustin Kohn, D 6.5C
    20. Blake Kessel, D 7D


    1. Calvin de Haan, D, 7.5D
    Acquired: 1st round, 12th overall, 2009 NHL Draft

    Injuries have put a damper on what was expected to be a promising season for de Haan. After missing the last few days of Islanders training camp with a groin strain, the 6’0, 170 lb blueliner was sidelined with an upper-body injury in his first game back with the Oshawa Generals. Although he recovered in time to crack the Canadian roster for the 2010 World Juniors, a hit to the head in a game against Switzerland caused him to miss two games, and he finished the tournament with one assist in four contests. Then on Jan. 27 when he underwent surgery to repair a torn shoulder labrum suffered in a game against Saginaw. The injury ended his 2009-10 season, and is expected to keep him sidelined for six months.

    de Haan’s five goals and 19 assists in 34 games with the Generals this year put him well off pace to match last year’s career-high of 63 points. All things considered, this drop in offensive production is understandable. Despite having a rough season, his potential is too high to ignore. He’s an excellent skater, oozes hockey smarts, and plays a very poised game, rarely taking penalties. He possesses all the tools to be a very sound two-way defenseman in the NHL.

    2. Jesse Joensuu, LW, 6.5B
    Acquired: 2nd round, 60th overall, 2006 NHL Draft

    After getting two brief call-ups last year, Joensuu is inching closer to becoming a full-time NHLer. The Finnish left winger is putting together what could be his best season since arriving in North America three years ago. With 10 goals and 28 assists in 53 games with Bridgeport of the AHL, he is on pace to surpass his career-high 39 points, which he recorded in 71 games last year. His strong play has earned him another two call-ups this season. So far, he has dressed in 11 games for the Islanders and recorded one goal.

    Standing at 6’4, 207 lb, Joensuu’s most valuable asset is his size, but he could benefit from putting on a bit more weight. Though he may not develop into a major scoring threat in the NHL, if he fills out his large frame he could take on a similar role as Devils forward Dainius Zubrus. With several smaller, skilled forwards coming up in the system, the Islanders could use a big body to protect the puck and battle along the boards.

    3. Travis Hamonic, D 7C
    Acquired: 2nd round, 53rd overall, 2008 NHL Draft

    The 19-year-old’s stock rose significantly after an explosive start to the 2009-10 season. He recorded 10 goals and 29 assists in 31 games with the Moose Jaw Warriors, and was leading all WHL defensemen in scoring when he was selected to represent Canada in the World Juniors this past December. After playing much of the tournament on the first pairing with Alex Pietrangelo (STL), Hamonic separated his shoulder in Canada’s semifinal game against Switzerland, and has been out of action since. Though he missed over six weeks of action, being traded to the Brandon Wheat Kings, hosts of this year’s Memorial Cup, will allow him to squeeze in a few extra games this season.

    The departures of Andy Sutton (traded to Ottawa) and Brendan Witt (waived) may have opened up a spot for Hamonic on the Islanders next season. Some AHL seasoning wouldn’t hurt, but the 6’2, 215 lb blueliner is already one of the most NHL-ready prospects in the Islanders’ defensive pipeline. He has the size to compete in the pros, plays a very sound game in his own end, and has shown a fair amount of offensive upside.

    4. Kirill Petrov, RW 7.5D
    Acquired: 3rd round, 73rd overall, 2008 NHL Draft

    Frustrated with the ice time he was receiving with Ak Bars Kazan of the KHL, Petrov considered making a move to North America in January. Though he ultimately decided to finish out the rest of the year in Russia, it seems inevitable that he will sign with the Islanders before next season.

    Whether he's ready for the NHL, however, remains to be seen. Despite his lack of production in Russia, the 6’3, 198 lb right winger had a very strong showing at the 2010 World Juniors. He was given captaincy of the Russian squad after it was stripped from Columbus prospect Nikita Filatov, and led the team with four goals, six assists, and a solid plus-seven rating in six games. His soft hands and playmaking skills would certainly help an anemic Islanders offense, but there are some concerns about other aspects of his game. Petrov tends to shy away from physical contact and could stand to improve his defensive play.

    5. Andrew MacDonald, 7C
    Acquired: 6th round, 160th overall, 2006

    MacDonald was a pleasant surprise this year, making big contributions on the Islanders just two years from seeing time in the ECHL. He has six points in 42 games and was recently signed to a four-year extension. MacDonald is a bit undersized for the NHL, but is smart enough positionally to get the job done. He's currently out with a broken foot. MacDonald could be a top-four defenseman, but time will tell.

    6. Rob Schremp, C 7D
    Acquired: Claimed off waivers, 2009

    So far, this season has been a microcosm of Schremp’s professional career. The Syracuse native was in and out of the lineup for the first half of the season, playing only two games in November. However, he seemed to find his stride after the Christmas break, and has collected six goals and 14 assists in 25 games since then. The big question now is whether he can keep it up. Consistency and drive continue to be two of Schremp’s biggest issues, just as they were when he was with the Oilers. He has the talent to be a top-six forward in the NHL, but has yet to apply it on a nightly basis. Now out for the season with injury, he will be a restricted free agent this summer.

    7. Trevor Smith, C 6.5C
    Acquired: Free Agency, 2007

    Although Smith was unable to crack the Islanders roster out of training camp this fall, the 6’1, 195 lb center continues to be one of Bridgeport’s top scorers with 19 goals and 22 assists in 66 games. His production is down from last year, but the Sound Tigers are struggling across the board. After nearly winning the conference last season, they’re currently battling just to get a playoff spot. Nonetheless, Smith’s play has remained steady. The University of New Hampshire product will be a restricted free agent this summer, but at this point, it seems unlikely that the Islanders would let him walk. With four forwards slated to become unrestricted free agents in July, the Islanders will likely turn to skilled young players such as Smith to fill vacancies on the third and fourth lines.

    8. Jason Gregoire, LW 7D
    Acquired: 3rd round, 76th overall, 2007 NHL Draft

    Gregoire is turning out to be a solid third-round pick for the Islanders. In his sophomore season at North Dakota, the left winger is leading the Fighting Sioux with 18 goals, and has 31 points through 36 games. Although he has demonstrated good hands, a knack for finding the back of the net, and a strong two-way game, he must continue to get stronger before making the jump up to the pros. At this point, there is no need for the Islanders to rush the 21-year-old, so they will likely keep him at North Dakota until he’s fully ready.

    9. Rhett Rakhshani, RW 7D
    Acquired: 4th round, 100th overall, 2006 NHL Draft

    Rakhshani has had a strong senior season at Denver this year. After being voted captain by his teammates, the right winger has recorded career highs in goals (20) and points (48) through 36 games this season. The Islanders already attempted to sign him last summer, so barring any unforeseen circumstances, he will be heading to the pros after this season.

    His strong work ethic, character, and leadership skills make him a valuable asset as the Islanders continue rebuilding with young players. Though he is a bit on the small side at 5’10, 180 lbs, he makes up for it with his speed and shiftiness, emulating the style of Flyers forward Danny Briere.

    10. Aaron Ness, D 7D
    Acquired: 2nd round, 40th overall, 2008 NHL Draft

    The 5’10, 170 lb blueliner is putting up decent numbers in his sophomore year at Minnesota; his two goals and nine assists through 36 games put him slightly off pace to match last year’s point. However, he has yet to show the offensive flair that he became known for at the high school level. Nonetheless, the former Mr. Hockey award recipient did add some much-needed mass, coming into this season with 10 lbs more muscle. While he was one of the most skilled defensemen in his draft class, his size made him somewhat of a project pick. Therefore, getting bigger and stronger is a step in the right direction. The Islanders will have to be patient and allow him to develop at his own pace.

    11. Mikko Koskinen, G 7D
    Acquired: 2nd round, 31st overall, 2009 NHL Draft

    With Rick DiPietro’s future uncertain and Martin Biron slated to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, this season could have been an opportunity for Koskinen to audition for a spot on the big club next year. Unfortunately, the Finnish netminder suffered a torn hip labrum that has kept him out of the lineup since late October. He only saw action in two games for Bridgeport before going down, and posted a 1-1-0 record, .902 save percentage, and 2.45 goals against average.

    At 21, Koskinen is already a late bloomer, so this injury is a minor setback. However, he still remains an intriguing prospect. Standing at 6’6, he covers a lot of net, and his quick legs allow him to play the butterfly style with ease. Although he has resumed skating and should return soon, the Islanders may want him to spend a full season in the AHL as his game could use some fine-tuning. He tends to play too deep, and his lateral movement lacks fluidity.

    12. Anders Nilsson, G 7D
    Acquired: 3rd round, 62nd overall, 2008

    Like Koskinen, Nilsson is a massive butterfly goaltender. At the age of 19, he is already 6’5, and could add another inch or two by the time he is done growing. Size is his most recognizable asset, but it appears that the Islanders got the full package when they selected the Swedish netminder. He reads the game very well, can handle pressure situations, and is extremely athletic.
    Currently in his first full season with Luleå HF of the Swedish Elite League, he is sharing goaltending duties with Anaheim prospect Mattias Modig, and has a 2.65 goals against average and .897 save percentage in 26 games. Nilsson also represented Sweden in the 2010 World Juniors. Though he primarily served as a backup for Jacob Markström (FLA), he won his only start against Austria. Nilsson is under contract with Luleå for one more year, so he most likely won’t make his North American debut until the 2011-12 season at the earliest.

    13. Corey Trivino, C 7D
    Acquired: 2nd round, 36th overall, 2008

    Trivino joins the long list of Islanders prospects who have had their seasons cut short by injury this year. The 6’1, 170 lb center’s sophomore season ended prematurely after he suffered a broken leg in Boston University’s game against Maine on Feb. 13. This is his second major injury since arriving at BU, which does raise some questions about his durability. However, even prior to getting hurt, it appeared he would return to the Terriers next season. With four goals and 11 assists in 28 games, his offensive production did increase slightly from his freshman year, but is still underwhelming for a player with his skill level. Although the Islanders are well stocked at center, Trivino’s vision and ability to find open teammates through traffic make him one of the more promising playmakers in the bunch. The potential is there, but he must show that he can elevate his game at the collegiate level before he’s ready to move up to the pros.

    14. Casey Cizikas, C 7D
    Acquired: 4th round, 92nd overall, 2009

    Cizikas has seemingly put the past behind him as he is having a breakout season with the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors of the OHL. The Ontario native was sentenced to one year of probation along with 100 hours of community service for manslaughter after a rugby tackle in 2007 resulted in the death of another player. There were some concerns about how this would impact his hockey career, but everything appears to be going well for him now. In his third OHL season, the 19-year-old center is one the Majors’ top scorers with 25 goals, 37 assists, and a team-leading plus-37 rating in 67 games. He won’t be eligible to play in the AHL next year, so unless he wows the Islanders in training camp, he will likely return to juniors next season. Nonetheless, his future does look brighter. With his solid all-around game and decent offensive upside, he has could challenge for a second or third-line spot on the Islanders in the next few years.

    15. Justin DiBenedetto, C 7D
    Acquired: 6th round, 175th overall, 2008

    There has always been a lot of skepticism surrounding DiBenedetto. When he broke out for 93 points in 58 games with the Sarnia Sting of the OHL in 2007-08, his numbers appeared inflated because he was a linemate of 2008 first overall pick Steven Stamkos. DiBenedetto matched that point total in 62 games after Stamkos left for the NHL the following year, but there was still some doubt because he did so as an overager. Unfortunately, the 6’0, 195 lb center has done little in first professional season to prove his detractors wrong. In 61 games with Bridgeport, he has six goals, eight assists, and a minus-eight rating. Still, one bad season isn’t going to be enough to write him off. The 21-year-old has been putting in the effort, averaging over 2.5 shots per game, but hasn’t had much luck getting on the score sheet. Sound Tigers coach Jack Capuano believes he’s simply going through a rough transition between juniors and pros as many players, including Stamkos, experience in their rookie seasons. With a full AHL season under his belt, DiBenedetto should return to top form next year.

    16. Brian Day, RW 6.5C
    Acquired: 6th round, 171st overall, 2006

    Day is a part of the forward trio responsible for much of Colgate’s success this season. The Massachusetts native leads the Raiders with 20 goals, a plus-14 rating, and has 34 points in 32 games. Though he is not listed as a center, he is also the team’s top faceoff man. The Islanders got the complete package when they drafted Day. The 6’0, 195 lb right winger plays well at both ends of the ice, loves to shoot the puck, has strong leadership qualities. He will likely return to Colgate for his senior year, but if he keeps developing at his current pace, he should get a contract offer from the Islanders.

    17. Matt Donovan, D 7D

    Acquired: 4th round, 96th overall, 2008

    Donovan is having a fantastic freshman season at Denver. His six goals and 12 assists make him the second leading scorer among Pioneers blueliners. The 19-year-old also won a gold medal with Team USA in 2010 World Juniors, finishing the tournament with three goals, two assists, and a plus-6 rating. While it’s still early, Donavan has shown the potential to be a solid two-way defenseman. He knows when to get involved in the offensive zone without abandoning his defensive post, and plays a sound game in his own end. He needs to learn how to stay out of the penalty box though. His 48 penalty minutes are tied for the team lead, and he has proven that he’s much more valuable on the ice than in the box.

    18. Kevin Poulin, G 7D
    Acquired: 5th round, 126th overall, 2008

    In his fourth season with Victoriaville of the QMJHL, Poulin has posted a career-best 34 wins, 2.68 goals against average, .914 save percentage, and six shutouts through 53 games. This is a good sign for the 6’2, 210 lb netminder, who wasn’t particularly impressive the prior two seasons, but it’s worth noting that his numbers have been consistent with his team’s overall performance. This is the first time the Tigers have been playing above .500 since Poulin started getting the majority of starts in the 2007-08 season. The Montreal native is exceptionally talented, with quick legs and flashy glove hand. He's finally harnassing his natural athletic ability.

    19. Dustin Kohn, D 6.5C
    Acquired: 2nd round, 46th overall, 2005

    In his third professional season, Kohn has finally gotten a taste of the NHL, playing in 16 games for the Islanders, posting four points. Injuries have given him an opportunity, and it's up to him to seize it and try to lay claim to a spot for next season. He's also playing for his next contract. With Bridgeport this year, he posted 17 points in 45 games.

    20. Blake Kessel, D 7D
    Acquired: 6th round, 166th overall, 2007

    The 20-year-old defenseman has eight goals, 25 assists, and is a plus-nine in 33 games for New Hampshire this year. It took some time for him to get going at the collegiate level, but he has emerged as one of the highest scoring defensemen in the nation. His game-tying goal against Boston College on March 5 clinched the Hockey East championship for New Hampshire, and as the Wildcats gear up for a playoff run, they will continue counting on the 6’2, 205 lb blueliner to come up big for them. Although another season at UNH wouldn’t hurt, Kessel could turn pro this summer.

    Missing the cut


    Mark Katic, D 6.5D
    Acquired: 3rd round, 62nd overall, 2007

    Like de Haan, Katic will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn left shoulder labrum in February. Despite Bridgeport’s struggles this year, the 20-year-old did fairly well in his first professional season, recording three goals and 11 assists in 48 games. An excellent skater with good puck-handling skills and the ability to make sharp passes, Katic has the potential to be a second pairing defenseman or power-play specialist along the lines of an Ian White. However, there is still plenty of room for improvement. With just 68 shots this season, he doesn’t shoot nearly enough for an offensive defenseman, and though he doesn’t shy away from physical contact, he could stand to add some upper-body strength.


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    Travis Hamonic has gone from good to very good to exceptional. The Islanders will probably stick him on the big club this season. From the emails and radio show requests I’ve received in the last few hours, this China thing has become another black mark. The Memorial Cup is over. What better time to announce the signing of Hamonic, the team’s best-developed prospect? Figure on a deal any moment now…
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    i hope this is correct. they only have until the end of the month to get this done.

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    Sooner the better. I wonder what Hockey'sfuture will rate him in the next update, it's gotta be bbetter than 7.0c though, this past season was tremendous for him especially in the playoffs and Memorial Cup, cant wait for this guy to show us what he's got.


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    HAMONIC AGENT: EXPECT A DEAL IMMINENTLY
    Also sets reasonable expectations for 2010-11

    The agent for Islanders prospect Travis Hamonic tells Point Blank that a deal between the team and his client will be finalized this week.

    “For all intents and purposes, we’re there,” said agent Craig Oster of a three-year, Entry Level contract with Garth Snow for the impressive defense prospect. “We completed some of the work before the Memorial Cup and then took a break. We didn’t want there to be any distractions for Travis. Now we’re back at it and you should hear something in the next few days.

    The Islanders have until the end of May to sign Hamonic, whom they selected with their third pick in the second round of the 2008 draft.

    Although some signs have pointed to the Islanders throwing Hamonic directly into the NHL in 2010-11, Oster was wisely more cautious.

    “He’s a great kid and a great prospect who you can be confident will get the most out of his talent. He cares so much and has that drive to succeed,” said Oster. “I just don’t know if he’s a guy anyone expects to play right away. Travis will be the first to admit he still has a lot to learn.”
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    Status: Islanders 2008 Draft Picks

    First, let's reset what Snow and Ryan Jankowski (and their army of scouts) did with that pile of picks in 2008, and where they are now:

    1 #9 Josh Bailey Windsor (OHL) Signed and made team in 2008. Passed "Go," collected $200

    2 #36 Corey Trivino BU (NCAA) As a collegiate, his rights are retained; has work to do

    2 #40 Aaron Ness Minn. (NCAA) Collegiate, didn't meet higher hopes going into last year but returning to the Gophers in the fall; his rights remain

    2 #53 Travis Hamonic Moose Jaw (WHL) Signed this week, will be in camp in Sept.

    3 #66 David Toews North Dakota (NCAA) After a tough year, is said to be leaving for the WHL, but his rights will remain

    3 #72 Jyri Niemi Saskatoon (WHL) Traded to the Rangers for a 6th in 2010

    3 #73 Kiril Petrov Kazan (KHL) Will be in prospect camp; as a KHLer ("defector"), his rights remain

    4 #96 Matt Donovan DU (NCAA) Promising collegiate building off another great year, his rights remain

    4 #102 David Ullström HV71 (Swe.) Must be signed by June or Isles lose his rights

    5 #126 Kevin Poulin Victoriaville Signed this spring, he'll fill one of the goalie slots

    5 #148 Matt Martin Sarnia Signed last summer, learned in Bridgeport in 2009-10 and might win an Isles job in Sept.

    6 #156 Jared Spurgeon Spokane Completed a successful junior career; must be signed by June or Isles lose his rights

    6 #175 Justin Dibenedetto Sarnia Overager signed last summer, completed season in Bridgeport






    David Ullström, LW/C, shoots right, 6'3", 198 lbs.

    In the context of several Swedes who must sign with their NHL clubs by June (Note: My understanding is it's June 1, though several Swedish papers report it as June 15). Those Swedish papers are talking about the risk of HV71 losing Ullström to the Islanders. (That and several articles like it are in Swedish; here's Google Translate.) But they never have quotes directly from the player or his agent, so it's unclear how seriously the Islanders are pursuing it, if at all.

    Ullström is big and depicted as a good playmaker who has needed to work on his defensive game. If he were going to meet his potential, you'd definitely want a piece like that over here. The question is whether the Isles think he can reach that level (and secondarily, whether he's interested in coming over). The Islanders' luck with selecting and developing big Nordic forwards is questionable, though so is the suggestion that their Swedes and Finns from one year to the next represents a trend rather than the massive case-by-case crapshoot known as the NHL draft.

    Note: When Ullström was drafted, the current transfer agreement wasn't in place, so at the time they would have expected to have Ullström's rights for beyond two years before having to make a signing decision.



    Jared Spurgeon, D, shoots right, 5'9", 180 lbs.

    Spurgeon is the more interesting case to me. As you can see from a couple prominent write-ups, the praise for him after 2008-09 did not drop off in 2009-10. His assistant coach in Spokane, former NHLer Jon Klemm, raves -- the way junior coaches often do -- that Spurgeon's intelligence and patience remind him of Klemm's old teammate Sergei Zubov.

    The problem, of course, is the size. It's not that small defensemen can't make it in this league -- but it is harder for them, and the Islanders happen to have small D-men lining their depth chart and prospect pool. So the question facing them, two years after signing Jack Hillen and selecting both Aaron Ness and Spurgeon to join Mark Katic is: Do you bet a three-year commitment on Spurgeon being able to overcome the size mismatch in the NHL? That's a lot of eggs in the small-D-man basket.

    Whatever their decision, we'll know for sure very soon.
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    guess we'll have to wait a few more days to see what the isles want to do with these 2. overall i think it shows that 2009 was a pretty good draft class for the islanders.

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    ehhh, idk yet man, i need to see more before i can ven consider it a decent to good draft...

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    1st round: bailey is turning into a pretty nice player.
    2nd round: ness and
    3rd round: harmonic should be d-men on the nhl team within 1-2 years.
    3rd round: petrov has so much talent & potential... he'd go in the 1st round now.
    5th round: poulin could be a huge steal. should be the isles #3 on the depth chart in goal next year.
    5th round: martin already has played in the nhl and will fight for a spot on the team this summer.

    almost 50% of the picks have a shot at playing in the nhl for some time. that's pretty good with it being only 2 years past the draft.

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    Koskinen: I want to make my NHL debut and play lots of games in Bridgeport
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    G Mikko Koskinen said rehab process was tough but he's mentally tougher as a result; gained experience and confidence in bport games
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    de Haan started skating on his own three days ago, says he feels great, no pain in shoulder; has also put on 10 to 15 pounds since last Sept
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    No hesitation about Calvin de Haan's goal this season: I want to play in the NHL
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    Islanders D prospect Travis Hamonic: "If the season started tomorrow, I think I could step in." He meant the NHL season.
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    prospect Brock Nelson scores two power play goals in USA's 6-3 win over Sweden at Jr Eval Camp in Lake Placid, NY
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    did that say schremp was out for the season/.?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gratsbrewtown View Post
    did that say schremp was out for the season/.?

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    Nino Niederreiter debuts as the Islanders top prospect in the fall edition of the top 20. A skilled two winger, he along with fellow 2010 draft picks Brock Nelson and possibly Kirill Kabanov bring an infusion of offensive potential to an organization that has struggled to score goals for the past couple seasons. Matt Donovan and Blake Kessel saw their stock go up over the summer while goaltender Mikko Koskinen fell seven spots after an injury plagued season in the minors.






    1. (NR) Nino Niederreiter, RW, 7.5C
    2. (3) Travis Hamonic, D, 7.5C
    3. (1) Calvin de Haan, D, 7.5D
    4. (4) Kirill Petrov, RW, 7D
    5. (5) Andrew MacDonald, D, 7C
    6. (NR) Brock Nelson, C, 7.0 C
    7. (2) Jesse Joensuu, LW, 6.5C
    8. (NR) Kirill Kabanov, RW, 8D
    9. (9) Rhett Rakhshani, RW, 7D
    10. (8) Jason Gregoire, LW, 7C
    11. (6) Rob Schremp, C, 6.5B
    12. (13) Casey Cizikas, C, 7C
    13. (12) Anders Nilsson, G, 7D
    14. (17) Matt Donovan, D, 7D
    15. (20) Blake Kessel, D, 7D
    16. (14) Brian Day, RW, 6.5C
    17. (17) Kevin Poulin, G, 7D
    18. (19) Dustin Kohn, D, 6.5C
    19. (12) Mikko Koskinen, G, 7D
    20. (NR) Anders Lee, C, 7C



    1. (NR) Nino Niederreiter, RW, 17
    Acquired: 1st round, 5th overall, 2010 NHL Draft

    Niederreiter takes the top spot in the Islanders updated prospect rankings. The 6’2, 203 pound power forward from Chur, Switzerland is coming off an excellent 2009-2010 campaign. In his first WHL season, he led the Portland Winterhawks in goals with 36, and added 24 assists for 60 points in 65 games. He also came up big in the playoffs, posting eight goals and eight assists in 13 games.

    However, what really got him noticed was his performance on the international stage. The soon-to-be 18-year-old singlehandedly carried the Swiss to the bronze medal game at the 2010 World Juniors, leading his team with six goals and four assists in seven games.

    Niederreiter projects as a top-six forward with a strong combination of grit and offensive prowess. He will have the opportunity to make the team this season, but whether he does or not largely depends on his performance in training camp. Although the Islanders haven’t made any significant free agent forward signings this offseason, they already have 13 forwards on the books for next year and several other prospects vying for a roster spot. Returning to juniors may ultimately prove to be the best route for Niederreiter. With his limited experience in North America, another year in the WHL certainly wouldn’t harm his development.


    2. (3) Travis Hamonic, D, 20
    Drafted 2nd round, 53rd overall, 2008 NHL Draft

    Hamonic has blossomed into a strong two-way defenseman since being drafted by the Islanders in 2008. The 20-year-old is very responsible in his own end, doesn’t hesitate to play physical, and has all the tools to contribute in the offensive zone. He split the 2009-10 season between the Moose Jaw Warriors and the Brandon Wheat Kings, and recorded 11 goals and 33 assists for a career-high 44 points despite being limited to just 41 games due to a separated shoulder. Though the injury prevented him from making a big impact in the regular season for the Wheat Kings, he played very well in the playoffs, posting four goals and seven assists for 11 points in 15 games. He also led all Wheat Kings’ defenseman in points with a goal and two assists in five Memorial Cup games.

    With the additions of Mark Eaton, Milan Jurcina, and James Wisniewski this offseason, the Islanders are fairly well stocked on the back end. However, the 6’2, 215 pound blueliner is one of the most NHL-ready defensive prospects in the system, and thus may still get a good look during training camp. Having signed a three-year entry-level contract in May, he will likely report to Bridgeport if he does not make the big club this fall, but may be called-up at various points throughout the season.


    3. (1) Calvin de Haan, D, 19
    Drafted 1st round, 12th overall, 2009

    The 2009-10 season was one that de Haan is likely eager to put behind him. The 6’0, 170 pound blueliner is still recovering from a torn shoulder labrum suffered in January that cut his OHL season short and forced him to sit out the Islanders’ prospect camp in July. He was limited him to just 34 games last season, and recorded five goals and 19 assists.

    The injury, coupled with various others throughout the year, has raised some questions regarding de Haan’s durability. However, the Islanders seemingly aren’t concerned as they offered the 19-year-old an entry-level-contract this spring. It’s unlikely he will turn pro this fall though, and he is expected to return to Oshawa for next season. As a smooth skating, puck-moving defenseman, de Haan’s game relies largely on his offensive ability. Therefore, having missed a significant amount of time last season, another year in juniors appears to be best for his development.


    4. (4) Kirill Petrov, RW, 20
    Drafted 3rd round, 73rd overall, 2008

    Petrov has yet to sign a contract with the Islanders, but after receiving very limited ice time with his KHL club, Ak Bars Kazan, last season, he isn’t expected to return to Russia. Though the 6’3, 198 pound right-winger had an unproductive year professionally, he shined at the 2010 World Juniors, leading the Russians with four goals and six assists in six games.

    With his size, speed, and skill, Petrov could give the Islanders’ top-six an offensive boost. However, because he wasn’t given the opportunity to fully develop in Russia, having him spend some time in the minors may be the safest option as his limited experience makes him something of a defensive liability. He could also stand to add some more muscle and get acclimated with a more physical North American game before he’s ready for the NHL.


    5. (5) Andrew MacDonald, D, 23
    Drafted 6th round, 160th overall, 2006

    One of the pleasant surprises for the Islanders last season, MacDonald has quickly established himself as a reliable top-four defenseman. First called up to replace the injured Radek Martinek in November, the 23-year-old Nova Scotia native rose up the Islanders depth chart as Brendan Witt was placed on waivers and Andy Sutton was dealt to Ottawa. By the end of the season, he was playing upwards of 20 minutes per game and saw some time on first defensive pairing with Mark Streit.

    The 6’1, 188 pound blueliner doesn’t get his name on the score sheet often, posting only one goal and seven assists in 46 games last season, but is reliable at both ends of the ice. Having just signed a four-year contract extension, he will have a permanent spot on the team, but with the additions the Islanders have made this offseason, he may not be expected to take on such a large role.


    6. (NR) Brock Nelson, C, 19
    Acquired: 1st round, 30th overall, 2010

    Although the Islanders are well stocked on centers, Nelson adds a different dynamic to their prospect pool. The 6’3, 205 pound pivot drafted out of Warroad High School in Minnesota provides a solid combination of size, strength, and skill. He has shown the ability to both score goals and distribute the puck, recording 39 goals and 34 assists for 73 points in 25 games last season.

    Nelson has all the makings of a two-way second line center. He’s defensively responsible, strong in the faceoff circle, and is very mobile for a player his size. He should develop well at the University of North Dakota, but it may be a few years before he makes it to the NHL.


    7. (2) Jesse Joensuu, LW, 23
    Drafted 2nd round, 60th overall, 2006 NHL Draft

    Joensuu is coming off his best season in North America, scoring 14 goals and adding a team-high 34 assists in 70 regular season games with Bridgeport last year. He also had two assists in five playoff contests. Going into the final year of his entry-level contract, this may be his last chance to find a permanent spot on the Islanders roster. He got called up for 11 games last year, but was only able to muster up one goal.

    The 6’4, 207 pound Finn possesses all the tools to be a second or third line power forward. He’s a good passer, has a heavy shot, and is willing to play physical. However, he does need to add some muscle to be effective in the NHL.


    8. (NR) Kirill Kabanov, RW, 18
    Drafted 3rd round, 65th overall, 2010

    Kabanov is perhaps the most intriguing player in the Islanders prospect pool. Talent-wise, he may have been one of the top-five players in this year’s draft, but his stock fell considerably over the past year due to concerns about his character and maturity. He left his junior team, the Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL, right in the midst of their playoff run, and his agent cut ties with him shortly thereafter. However, the 18-year-old appears genuinely excited about being on Long Island, and seems to be committed to making the team in the future.

    At 6’3, 175 pounds, Kabanov has the potential to be a strong, highly skilled sniper, but still has a ways to go before he’s ready for the NHL. He still needs to add some muscle and fill out his lanky frame. He also needs to grow mentally and become more mature. If he can stay focused on his hockey career over the new couple of years, he may end up being one of the biggest steals in recent draft history.


    9. (9) Rhett Rakhshani, RW, 22
    Drafted 4th round, 100th overall, 2006

    At 5’10, 180 pounds, Rakhshani may get overlooked because of his size, but the 22-year-old has found success on every level he’s played at thus far. Most recently as a senior at the University of Denver, he captained the Pioneers last season and set career highs with 21 goals and 50 pounds in 41 games. After, signing him to an entry-level-contract this past May, the Islanders certainly hope he can keep up that level of play in the pros.

    It’s likely that Rakhshani will start the season in Bridgeport unless he has a very strong training camp, however, the right-winger certainly appears to have a future in the NHL. He is a very quick and shifty player whose style fits well in the new NHL. He also brings a lot of intangibles to the rink and dressing room. Rakhshani has exhibited excellent leadership qualities in the past, and that may prove to be a very valuable asset on an Islanders team that seemingly gets younger every year.


    10. (8) Jason Gregoire, LW, 21
    Drafted 3rd round, 76th overall, 2007

    Gregoire had another solid season at the University of North Dakota last year. The 5’10, 175 pound left-winger led the Fighting Sioux with 20 goals and was second on the team in points with 37 in 43 games. Like Rakhshani, he is a bit on the small side, but hasn’t had any trouble establishing himself as a steady goal scorer. He has good hands, plays smart in both ends of the ice, and has shown consistent improvement throughout his career. He will return to North Dakota for his junior year this fall, but may be ready to move up to the pros as early as next season.


    11. (6) Rob Schremp, C, 24
    Claimed off waivers, 2009

    The Islanders took a gamble when they picked Schremp up off waivers last fall. However, just when it appeared to be paying off, he suffered a knee injury in March that sidelined him for the rest of the year. Although Schremp’s season didn’t get off to the best start, he eventually began to turn things around. The 5’11, 200 pound center posted the bulk of his 25 total points after Christmas, scoring six goals and adding 14 assists in 25 games. The Islanders obviously liked what they saw in that span as they signed him to a one-year contract in July. Schremp is talented enough to play in a top-six role, and if he can continue playing as well as he did before getting injured last year, he may finally live up to his potential.


    12. (13) Casey Cizikas, C, 19
    Drafted 4th round, 92nd overall, 2009

    Cizikas has quietly emerged as one of the more promising players in the Islanders prospect pool. In the 2009-10 season, the 5’11, 194 pound center posted 25 goals, 37 assists, and a team-high plus-37 rating in 68 games. He also added seven goals and seven assists in 16 playoff games. At 19-years-old, he will likely return to juniors following training camp this fall, but if he continues to improve the way he did last season, he could turn pro as early as next summer. He certainly has the skill and intelligence necessary to be a capable second or third line center in the NHL.


    13. (12) Anders Nilsson, G, 20
    Drafted 3rd round, 62nd overall, 2008

    The 20-year-old Swedish netminder had a solid season with Luleå HF of the SEL last year, recording a 2.65 goals against average and .897 save percentage in 27 games. At 6’5, 220 pounds, his size is clearly what makes him stand out from other goaltenders, but there’s much more to his game than simply providing a large net presence. Nilsson sees the game well, has the athleticism to make some tricky saves, and does well under pressure. He has one year remaining on his contract so he will likely spend the upcoming season in Sweden. However, there’s a strong possibility he’ll be in North America for the 2011-12 season.


    14. (17) Matt Donovan, D, 20
    Drafted 4th round, 96th overall, 2008

    Donovan had a standout freshman season at the University of Denver, leading all rookie WCHA defensemen with seven goals and adding 14 assists for 21 points in 36 games. He also played a key role for the US at the 2010 World Juniors, posting three goals and two assists in five games. The 6’0, 195 lb Oklahoma native is a good all-round defenseman with good mobility, strong offensive instincts, and a hard shot from the point. Despite his size, he isn’t afraid to get physical is often willing to get dirty in the corners and along the boards. The upcoming season is important for Donovan as many young players are prone to the dreaded sophomore slump. If he can continue playing at a high-level, he should erase any lingering doubts about his NHL potential.


    15. (20) Blake Kessel, D, 21
    Drafted 6th round, 166th overall, 2007

    Kessel has rocketed up the Islanders prospect rankings after having a breakout sophomore season at the University of New Hampshire. The 6’2, 205 pound blueliner was one of the nation’s top scoring defensemen last year with 10 goals and 28 assists in 38 games. Kessel is a solid two-way defenseman who patterns his game after Predators’ defenseman Ryan Suter. He’s very responsible in his own end, uses his size effectively, and doesn’t hesitate to jump in on offense. He will return to UNH for his junior year, but could turn pro next season.


    16. (14) Brian Day, RW, 22
    Drafted 6th round, 171st overall, 2006

    With the departure of several seniors, Day will be looked upon as one of the leaders for Colgate this season. The 6’0, 195 pound right-winger was already one of the key players for the Raiders last year, leading the team with 21 goals and adding 15 assists for 36 points in 34 games. He was also an alternate captain and had a team-high plus-14 rating. Day plays a strong all-around game and is very active in the offensive zone, averaging over three shots per game last year. There’s a strong possibility he could turn pro after completing his senior year this upcoming spring.


    17. (17) Kevin Poulin, G, 20
    Drafted 5th round, 126th overall, 2008

    Poulin is coming off his best junior season. The 20-year-old Montreal native started in 61 regular season games, recording a 35-16-0 record, 2.63 goals-against average, .916 save percentage, and seven shutouts. He was also stellar in the playoffs with 10 wins, 2.84 goals-against average, and .918 save percentage in 16 games. Though the 6’2, 210 lb netminder isn’t as big as the other goalies in the Islanders prospect pool, he’s very quick in his crease and possesses an excellent glove hand. He signed an entry-level-contract with the Islanders in May and should make his professional debut in Bridgeport this fall.


    18. (19) Dustin Kohn, D, 23
    Acquired: 2nd round, 46th overall, 2005

    Kohn got his cup of coffee last season, playing in 22 games for the Islanders and recording four assists. However, a hit to the head in a game against the Rangers in March forced him to miss the remainder of the season. Before being called up, he played in 45 games for the Sound Tigers, scoring two goals and adding 15 assists. The 6’1, 205 pound blueliner signed a one-year extension with the Islanders and will likely split his time between the AHL and NHL this season. Although he’s good in his own end and can contribute in the offensive zone, he likely won’t develop into anything more than a third-pairing defenseman in the NHL.


    19. (12) Mikko Koskinen, G, 22
    Drafted 2nd round, 31st overall, 2009

    What was expected to be a defining season for Koskinen turned out to be a dud. The 6’5, 187 pound goaltender only played in two games before being sidelined for the majority of the season with a torn hip labrum. He did return to the ice near the end of the year, making four regular season appearances with the Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL and posting a 2-1-0 record, 3.49 goals-against-average, and .899 save percentage.

    At the age of 22, the coming season will be even more important than last. Before he can even begin to prove himself, he will likely have to beat out Kevin Poulin and Nathan Lawson for the starting role in Brideport.

    Koskinen excels at playing the butterfly style and is great at using his large frame to his advantage. He still has the potential to be a starting goaltender in the NHL, but must first show that he can handle the rigors for a full season in North America.


    20. Anders Lee, C, 20
    Drafted 6th round, 152nd overall, 2009

    Lee leaps into the 20th spot after being named the 2010 USHL Rookie of the Year last spring. The 6’2, 216 pound center led the USHL Clark Cup champion Green Bay Gamblers with 35 goals, 66 points, and a plus-38 rating that was second highest in the entire league. He also recorded a team-high 10 goals, 12 assists and plus-10 rating in 12 playoff games, and was named post-season MVP. The 20-year-old will play collegiate hockey at Notre Dame this year. Although he has shown a lot of promise, he may still be several years away from the pros.


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    Once again, the Isles prospecs are very underrated.

    According to them, Niederreiter, Nelson, Hamonic, De Haan, and Petrov don't have 1st line/pairing potential, Kabanov is our only forward with 1st line potential. All of those players have 1st line potential, without question.


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    out of those 20 who do you think has the chance to play on the isles this year

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