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cynomatic
08-22-2007, 09:09 AM
Here’s a look at the Isles’ top prospects.

Right wing

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."

Center

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."



http://www.nhl.com/nhl/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=336119

cynomatic
08-22-2007, 09:10 AM
Defense



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."
Goaltending

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."

http://www.nhl.com/nhl/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=336119

MetsFan19
08-22-2007, 12:39 PM
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

Sabres39
12-29-2007, 11:32 AM
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.
http://tsn.ca/world_jrs/news_story/?ID=225542&hubname=world_jrs

arliss
01-13-2008, 02:41 PM
okposo has 1G,4A in his first 2 ahl games.....o buddy

Sbank
04-05-2008, 11:00 AM
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."

Islanders.com (http://islanders.nhl.com/team/app?articleid=359246&page=NewsPage&service=page)

Sbank
04-10-2008, 04:32 PM
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.

Islanders.com (http://islanders.nhl.com/team/app?articleid=359993&page=NewsPage&service=page)

plb45
08-29-2008, 01:51 AM
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?????

MetsFan19
02-23-2009, 04:34 PM
Corey Trivino
Center

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.

MetsFan19
02-23-2009, 04:36 PM
Jesse Joensuu
Left Wing


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.

MetsFan19
02-23-2009, 04:38 PM
Kirill Petrov
Right Wing


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.

MetsFan19
02-23-2009, 04:39 PM
Ill do more prospects later tonight

Fordy
02-23-2009, 08:38 PM
Ill do more prospects later tonight

:cool: keep them coming

joe j.09
02-23-2009, 11:30 PM
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??

ChrisAnchors
02-23-2009, 11:36 PM
good posts

MetsFan19
02-24-2009, 12:39 AM
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
Center


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

MetsFan19
02-24-2009, 02:43 AM
Aaron Ness
Defense

2007-08: Ness led Roseau with 72 points (28 goals, 44 assists), averaging 2.32 points per game. His 28 goals, 16 power-play goals and eight game-winning goals also led the Rams. Ness’ 72 points led the entire state of Minnesota in defenseman scoring. He was also an astounding plus-67 this season as well. Ness was the first player in the storied history of the Roseau High School hockey program to win the coveted Mr. Hockey award. He was also named the 2008 Associated Press Minnesota High School Player of the Year, as well as earned All-AP First Team honors. Among his other accolades were selections to the Class AA All-Tournament team and the Pioneer Press All-State First Team. Most recently, Ness was a member of Team USA’s bronze-medal winning U-18 squad that played in Russia. He was one of only two non-National Team Development Program players on the team. In the tournament, he posted six assists.


Analysis

Ness is an intelligent, instinctive offensive defenseman who has quick hands, tremendous speed and great on-ice vision. He is a fierce competitor who has the ability to make those around him better. His skating combines quick feet with smooth strides, great acceleration and can get up to speed very quickly. Ness also possesses the ability to make plays at high speeds – a quality that isn’t commonly seen in high school defensemen. Ness utilizes his speed and quickness quite well on both sides of the puck.

Equally as impressive are his quick hands. Ness has demonstrated both great poise and great patience with the puck. His outstanding ability to move with and distribute the puck makes him an excellent quarterback on the power play. He can also make some beautiful tape-to-tape passes as well, and his decisions with the puck are also very good. Ness is not one to shy away from shooting the puck. He’ll shoot as often as the opportunity presents itself and does it with a great shot and an ultra-quick release.

He does a very good job of taking away passing and shooting lanes, as well as stripping the puck from opposing players. His combination of great vision and ability to read and react to plays has helped to make Ness a defensive asset to his team as well.

Like all young players, adding size and strength will be crucial to Ness’ success. Another area that should continue to develop nicely is his understanding of how to play in his own end, especially without the puck. While Ness has a very good grasp of the basics of playing the defensive position, continuing to fine tune and round out his overall defensive game will make him an even more effective and dangerous player.

MetsFan19
02-24-2009, 02:44 AM
Travis Hamonic
Defense

This right-handed product of Manitoba is a solidly-built rearguard (6'0, 192), who scored 22 points (5 goals) in 61 games for Moose Jaw. He racked up 101 PIM as well. He will attend the Canadian National Junior Team development camp, having already begun an international career on Canada's gold medal winning U-18 squad.

2007-08: Continuing his career with Moose Jaw (WHL), Hamonic tallied 22 points (5+17) in 61 appearances during his second year in the WHL. He also saw time in the box, racking up 101 PIM during the regular season. He had one point, an assist, in six playoff games with the Warriors.

MetsFan19
02-24-2009, 02:46 AM
Robin Figren
Left Wing

Robin Figren has had a decent season with Frölunda’s junior team which he followed up with a good U18 WJC tournament. The flashy forward scored 10 goals and 28 points for Frölunda in the junior league. A decent production, although he was expected to have some more goals in the scoring column.

Selected by the Calgary Hitmen in the CHL Import Draft.

2006-07: Figren played his first season in North America as a member of the Calgary Hitmen (WHL). He appeared in a total 62 games for the Hitmen, with a total 27 points (10g, 17a) and 54 penalty minutes. He was also a member of Team Sweden in the U20 World Junior Competition, where he played four games and registered an assist.

2007-08: In his only season with the club, Figren tallied 31 points (18+13) in just 35 games with the Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL). He was selected to represent Team Sweden in the U20 tournament, skating in eight games and recording nine points (6+3).

Analysis

Figren is flashy, an excellent skater with superb endurance. Checks very hard and is a good two-way player. Figren has also some great offensive tools, including a good goal scoring ability, nice technical skills and a killer shot, which is especially valuable on the power play. He does not have any major flaws, but size is not intimidating and at times Figren can appear to be a tad selfish with the puck.

MetsFan19
02-24-2009, 02:47 AM
Matt Martin
Left Wing

Undrafted into the OHL, he made the Sting as a walk-on. There he filled out to 6'2, 192 and developed a nice physical game.

2007-08: In his second season with the Sarnia Sting (OHL), Martin ranked third on the team in goals (25) and finished with 38 points. He was 3-3-6 over nine games in the playoffs and ended the season second on the team in penalty minutes with 155.

Analysis

He embodies the kind of personal determination that the Islanders have been known for.

MetsFan19
02-24-2009, 02:48 AM
David Toews
Center

Younger brother of Jonathan Toews.

2007-08: Toews played for Shattuck-St. Mary’s High School in Minnesota last season. He recorded 100 points (44+56) in 51 games. He tied for the team lead in goals and ranked third in assists and second in points. He singed a Letter of Intent to attend the University of North Dakota (WCHA) in the fall of 2008.

2008-09: Toews is having a respectable first year at the powerhouse University of North Dakota. There's not a lot of pressure with the quality veterans they have. This allows Coach Dave Hakstol to move guys along naturally and patiently and it pays off.

MetsFan19
02-24-2009, 02:49 AM
Stefan Ridderwall
Goaltender


004-05: Played for the Djurgarden Jr. U-20 team in Sweden.

2005-06: Played for Djurgarden Jr. U-20 in Sweden, where he posted a 2.40 GAA in 18 games with a .910 save percentage. Ridderwall also earned a shutout at the elite level.

2006-07: Ridderwall was the third string goaltender for the Djurgardens IF of the Swedish Elitserien and was thus assigned the task of playing for the team's under-20 affiliate. Making the most of his playing time, this solid goaltending prospect played in 28 games for the Djurgarden IF J20 team. The numbers he posted were astounding -- a 1.78 GAA and four shutouts. And just when one thought he couldn't play any better, in the playoffs Ridderwall brought his game to a new level, playing in seven games and recording a playoff leading 1.44 GAA and .956 save percentage. His individual efforts, unfortunately, were not enough, as his team eventually fell to Frolunda in the championship series.

2007-08: Ridderwall saw time with several Swedish teams during the 2007-08 season. He started in the under-20 league and over eight games he posted a goals against average of 1.75 and a save percentage of .934. He moved up to the elite league for 11 games, posting a 2.68 goals against average and .907 save percentage.

Analysis

Plays with a great love for the game and is very passionate on the ice. Displays good technique and is a technically skilled goalie; plays a mix of stand-up and butterfly style. Makes up for 5’11” frame by playing angles effectively and is not afraid to challenge shooters. Has quick reflexes and is quite good at covering the bottom portion of the net. Ranked 12th among European-born goalies entering 2006 draft. Shows great deal of raw skill set and has loads of potential.

MetsFan19
02-24-2009, 02:50 AM
Ill do a few more tomorrow after classes and my HW gets done

Enjoy what is done so far

ChrisAnchors
02-24-2009, 03:22 AM
great job man... i cant wait for Dibenedetto and Toews

joe j.09
02-24-2009, 12:41 PM
Anchors, how far away is Dibenedetto? U think he has a shot at the team next year or is he more for the year after next? What do u think his potential is any chance he could be a future 30 goal scorer?

MetsFan19
02-24-2009, 03:22 PM
DiBenedetto might play with the NHL team next season
he could be around a 20+ goal scorer especially if we get Tavares

a line of Okposo Tavares DiBenedetto


we could see a very goood 1st line come from this team

ChrisAnchors
02-24-2009, 06:38 PM
second line of comeau, bailey,... and tamby?

MetsFan19
02-24-2009, 06:49 PM
Something like that
Hopefully we throw a FA Acquisition in there

Marian Hossa?

ChrisAnchors
02-24-2009, 10:22 PM
eh im not a fan of hossa... he was a bum in atlanta.. he didnt try, and wasnt he invisible in the stanley cup last year

MetsFan19
02-24-2009, 10:24 PM
Well we need to sign a Few vets

because Guerins Contract is up...weight wont be here...Comrie allready gone

we need some Experience on offense

ChrisAnchors
02-24-2009, 10:32 PM
how about gaborik? kinda out of our league cause the coliseum sucks

MetsFan19
02-24-2009, 10:47 PM
maybe
hes a little injury prone

ChrisAnchors
02-25-2009, 02:51 AM
yeah but we have DP...

ChrisAnchors
02-25-2009, 02:52 AM
ah again... sarcasm... our team is injury prone

joe j.09
02-25-2009, 12:48 PM
Heard the light house had a huge vote yesterday and it went threw so its a step closer to happening....and now looks like it is gonna happen....anybody have more info on thhis or news?????????!!!!!!!!

BranWingss
02-25-2009, 11:45 PM
Justin Dibenetto

MetsFan19
02-26-2009, 12:32 AM
what about him?

tsunami
11-08-2009, 03:18 AM
new york post

on the progress of Arron Ness (from gopher's coach lucia)


Lucia, for his part, sees Ness being a big part of the Gophers' return to the tournament.

"I think Aaron's made a jump from the previous year," Lucia said. "I think that's going to pay off this year.

"He's got a real good head for the game. He knows where to go with the puck. He doesn't make very many mistakes when it's on his stick."


AROUND THE BOARDS: Islanders prospect Rhett Rakhshani, a senior forward at the University of Denver, was nominated for WCHA Player of the Week after scoring the game-winning goal in the No. 4 Pioneers' win over Ohio State last Friday. Islanders prospect Blake Kessel, a sophomore defenseman at New Hampshire, was named to the Top Performers list in Hockey East after posting five points

long suffering
11-08-2009, 10:27 AM
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.

tsunami
11-08-2009, 06:14 PM
^not sure they want to mess with that first line of moulson, jt, and ko

tsunami
11-12-2009, 09:27 PM
islanderspointblank.com ranked the top 11 prospects currently on the bridgeport roster.
since it's only a sound tigers player list you wont see players like dehaan or ness.

the bridgeport prospect outlook is not really all that exciting.


11. Micheal Haley: Likeable longshot could become a fourth line irritant. Arguably the best middleweight frequent fighter in the organization since Garry Howatt.
0-2-2 and 57 PIM in 10 games
Upside: Fourth-line NHL forward
Worst-case: minor leaguer


10. Dustin Kohn: Defenseman who needs to establish an identity. Not skilled enough to be a puck-mover, so far not rugged and mobile enough to be a shut-down. Time is running out for 2005 second round pick to prove he can be an NHL regular.
2-5-7 in 17 games
Upside: No. 6 defenseman
Worst-case: depth defenseman


9. Mark Katic: Third round pick from 2007 has played fairly solid defense, not an easy task for a first-year pro. He’ll develop in Bridgeport for a while.
1-2-3 in 16 games
Upside: No. 5 defenseman
Worst-case: depth defenseman


8. Robin Figren: Early stage of North American pro career for talented wing has been borderline disastrous. Healthy scratches, struggles to learn system, little to no impact on games. It’s still early for the 2006 third round pick, but the signs have not been good.
0-1-1 in 12 games
Upside: Third-line NHL forward
Worst-case: Not an NHL player, back to Europe in a few years


7. Joel Rechlicz: After starting season with the Islanders, the 6-4 Wrecker was sent to Bridgeport so the prospective enforcer can improve his game while the clock is actually running. Played fourth line and now is injured.
0-0-0 and 30 PIM in 6 games
Upside: Fourth line NHL enforcer-agitator
Worst-case: Minor leaguer


6. Andrew MacDonald: The Ted Nolan-backed sixth round draft pick in 2006 continues to develop properly on the farm. When the Islanders need another defenseman, if they don’t acquire one on waivers or in a trade MacDonald is the most likely recall.
1-6-7 in 17 games
Upside: No. 4 NHL defenseman
Worst-case: NHL/AHL depth player


5. Justin DiBenedetto: 2008 sixth round pick a long way from racking up all those points in the Ontario League. Will likely need at least two years in the AHL to prove he can be a scorer in the big leagues. His two goals this season came on the power play in the same game. Welcome to the pros, DiBo.
2-3-5 in 17 games
Upside: Second-line NHL forward
Worst-case: Not an NHL player


4. Trevor Smith: Three years after signing as a free agent after his sophomore year at New Hampshire, Smith continues to improve as an offensive forward. Scored 30 goals in the AHL last year. Needs to improve his consistency and his battle level.
6-4-10 in 17 games
Upside: Third-line NHL forward and power play
Worst-case: NHL/AHL depth player


3. Matt Martin: First-year pro has performed as expected. He’s raw and probably will never be a big point producer, but if brought along right could be a strong intangibles player for the Islanders for years to come.
2-4-6 and 42 PIM in 17 games
Upside: Third-line NHL power wing and intangibles player
Worst-case: NHL Fourth-line forward


2. Jesse Joensuu: Everyone knew the 6-4 Finn would take time to become a North American-style power wing. Still just 22 years old and big forwards traditionally take longer to develop, but looks like he’s got a long way to go. Second round pick in 2006 needs to skate harder, play smarter and use his size.
1-6-7 in 16 games
Upside: Second-line NHL skill and size wing
Downside: You don’t even want to think about it


1. Mikko Koskinen: The 6-7 goalie is No. 1 for three reasons: the competition (see above) is not sterling, he’s unquestionably gifted and the reality is he has to be.

When the Islanders traded one second round pick, two thirds and a fourth to move up and take Calvin de Haan (2-8-10 in 15 games this season with OHL Ottawa), they couldn’t miss with the first pick in the second round. With so many gifted kids still on the board, including 18-year old Ryan O’Reilly of the Colorado Avalanche, the Islanders took the big goalie from Finland. He’s out with a hip injury and expected back around Christmas. Koskinen, 21, has the ability and comes with expectations.
1-1-0, 2.45 GAA, .902 save pct.
Upside: No. 1 NHL goalie
Worst-case: No. 2 NHL goalie

tsunami
01-02-2010, 11:59 PM
Minus: Kirill Petrov and Team Russia were eliminated, somewhat miraculously, 3-2 in overtime by Switzerland. When Petrov and Russia were not running it up and padding their stats against patsies like Latvia, they lost against their only tough opponent (Sweden) and lost to the Swiss tonight. Now they’re in the Fifth Place game. Petrov’s stock remains the same: he’s a very skilled prospect with a lot to prove whenever he gets to Bridgeport.

Minus: For some reason, the Islanders’ official website has ignored the team having seven prospects in the prestigious World Junior Championships. Some PB readers think I’m off for excluding Jyri Niemi from my top prospects list. Niemi is captain of Team Finland and his NHL club is not even acknowledging his presence at the tournament.

Thought the Islanders were all about the future, all about building from within. Nothing on Ryan Jankowski and his staff’s successful draft picks. Nothing on Petrov, whom many fans are salivating over. Nothing on having two of the seven defensemen on Canada’s blueline. Wonder what it all means. It’s one thing to not over-promote your prospects. It’s another to ignore them.
islanderspointblank.com

glad that we have prospects playing in the tourney. i guess i wish the team was glad as well.

kmo429
01-03-2010, 12:05 AM
Yeah, I'm surprised this has kindve been ignored, hopefully some of these players can turn out to be NHL layers for us, r at least build up there stock so we can trade them (hey it is inevitable with some of them)

tsunami
01-03-2010, 12:10 AM
Yeah, I'm surprised this has kindve been ignored, hopefully some of these players can turn out to be NHL layers for us, r at least build up there stock so we can trade them (hey it is inevitable with some of them)

maybe the teams isn't praising them because if they trade some of them more fans might but upset.. who knows

kmo429
01-03-2010, 12:21 AM
Yeah that's possible, I really don't want to trade any of them either way but i'd trade prospects like these for a proven star any day, because chances are these prospects will be nothing. Like in all honesty if we could get Kovalchuk without trading anyone on the current team I would do it.

kmo429
04-18-2010, 06:57 PM
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

kmo429
04-18-2010, 07:01 PM
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.

tsunami
05-24-2010, 06:30 PM
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…ipb.com
i hope this is correct. they only have until the end of the month to get this done.

kmo429
05-24-2010, 06:56 PM
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.

tsunami
05-25-2010, 10:44 PM
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.”
http://www.islanderspointblank.com/2010/05/hamonic-agent-expect-a-deal-imminentlyalso-sets-reasonable-expectations-for-2010-11/
:clap:

tsunami
05-28-2010, 08:51 PM
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.lighthousehockey.com

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.

joe j.09
05-28-2010, 09:01 PM
ehhh, idk yet man, i need to see more before i can ven consider it a decent to good draft...

tsunami
05-28-2010, 10:53 PM
^
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.

kmo429
07-08-2010, 12:11 PM
Koskinen: I want to make my NHL debut and play lots of games in Bridgeport

Strang




G Mikko Koskinen said rehab process was tough but he's mentally tougher as a result; gained experience and confidence in bport games

Strang


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

Strang


No hesitation about Calvin de Haan's goal this season: I want to play in the NHL

Strang




Islanders D prospect Travis Hamonic: "If the season started tomorrow, I think I could step in." He meant the NHL season.

Botta

kmo429
08-03-2010, 11:21 PM
prospect Brock Nelson scores two power play goals in USA's 6-3 win over Sweden at Jr Eval Camp in Lake Placid, NY

-NYIKatieStrang

gratsbrewtown
08-03-2010, 11:41 PM
did that say schremp was out for the season/.?

tsunami
08-03-2010, 11:50 PM
did that say schremp was out for the season/.?

:confused:

kmo429
08-31-2010, 03:36 PM
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.

kmo429
08-31-2010, 03:38 PM
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.

beltran15mets
08-31-2010, 04:48 PM
out of those 20 who do you think has the chance to play on the isles this year

kmo429
09-01-2010, 01:02 AM
Schremp and MacDonald are almost definites. Hamonic, Kohn, and Joensuu I would say all have a 75+% chance of being with the big club for at least some increment of time. Koskinen has a solid shot, since DP is never a sure thing when it comes to health and Roloson is 41 and less durable then he's been in the past. Now that Petrov is staying in the KHL for another year or 2, Niederreiter could actually start the season with the ISlanders, I definitely wouldn't rule that out. De Haan is still rather small and should play another year in juniors. I would doubt he's here at any time. Everyone els eis most likely out of the picture, except for Rakhshani... he could play for the Isles this year...

arliss
09-01-2010, 10:08 AM
you forgot kabanov, if he impressess, id love to see him up with the big club

beltran15mets
09-01-2010, 10:41 AM
kabanov neds to put on some weight on draft day he was around 175-180 and for a guy who is 6'3" that isnt that big

arliss
09-01-2010, 11:30 AM
when youre 18 though, muscle growth and weight gain happens much more rapidly because testosterone levels are at your all time high...he could easily put on 10lbs of muscle from the time he was drafted through training camp

kmo429
09-02-2010, 11:17 AM
I didn't "forget" Kabanov I just don't think he had a shot at playing for us this year. you're right about that Arliss, about the muscle growth thing. But, he was 6'3 176 at draft time. When he's a power forward and he's compared to a guy like Ilya Kovalchuk who is 230 at his same height, Kabanov would get knocked over by John Tavares. When our forward depth is pretty good, with more nHL ready guys, i think he doesn't have a shot. I mean Niederreiter is 6'3 205, and if he reaches his potential he draws comparisons to Rick Nash 6'4 218, so I mean he's physically more ready, and if anyone can gain those 10 pounds of muscle by the season, it's Nino. Kabanov needs at least 20-30 to be ready imo. I mean seriously, Kabanov at 6'3 176 is like a stick....

arliss
09-02-2010, 11:37 AM
i honestly dont know how i feel about joensuu, which is why i brought up kabanov..i want to like jj and obviously i hope he does well for the islanders, but what has he shown in the stints that hes been up with the isles..in 18g hes 2-2-4..granted the isles havent been an offensive force..but his career highs with any team are 20g in '08, 34a in '09 and 48 total points in '09...the guy hasnt exactly lit things up anywhere, so ive never been really sure of what the infatuation with joensuu is

kmo429
09-02-2010, 03:44 PM
I'm not a big Joensuu fan either. But really all he is is a 3rd liner and in fact he's probably already ready for the NHL. I picture Joensuu to be like a Trent Hunter for us, but one who can hit the net. Someone who can net 15-20 goals and around 45-50 points while being near the top of our team in hits and a penalty killer. Even though Kabanov cane be a 1st liner and NHL allstar in a few years (possibly), he's not ready and he'll get destroyed in the NHL if we rush him.Joensuu has been in the AHL, which is a pro league, and he's a very strong kid, and he should be able to pull what we expect of him in the long term.

I mean look at our forwards right now: Tavares, Okposo, Moulson, Bailey, Schremp, Comeau, Nielsen, Weight, Konopka, Hunter, Parenteau. Those guys are almost sure things to be on the roster. Imo, Niederreiter at this point easily has about 100X better chance of making the roster than Kabanov, simply because of where they were picked as one, and how much bigger and stronger Nino is at this point. Martin also has a good shot at making the team full time. Gillies could play 20-30 games this year for a physical preence. We re-signed Sim, and Joensuu, like I said, can pull his weight at this point, he has a contract and has been a pro, etc. All I'm saying is that we have the depth and the talent offensively, we have absolutely no reason to rush Kabanov, and if Garth even talks about a contract with him this year, it will be too soon.

arliss
09-03-2010, 10:18 AM
well i dont think any of the forward or defensive prospects are going to make the team right out of camp..this all started just because i didnt see kabby on your list..i also think martin is a lock to make the team, the way i see it

moulson-jt-ko
baily-schremp-comeau
hunter-nielsen-parenteau
martin-weight-konopka

streit-martinek
hillen-wiz
eaton-bruno/jurcina
bruno/jurcina

with hamonic coming up to fill in for injuries

now for my projections, for the forwards...drumroll please

moulson(27g,24a)-jt(37g,31a)-ko(28g,41a)
bailey(21g,28a)-schremp(18g,30a)-comeau(27g,18a)
hunter(14g,21a)-nielsen(17g,40a)-p.a(12g,15a)
martin(7g,10a)-weight(10g,25a)-konopka(3g,4a,270pim)

kmo429
09-03-2010, 04:19 PM
well i dont think any of the forward or defensive prospects are going to make the team right out of camp..this all started just because i didnt see kabby on your list..i also think martin is a lock to make the team, the way i see it

moulson-jt-ko
baily-schremp-comeau
hunter-nielsen-parenteau
martin-weight-konopka

streit-martinek
hillen-wiz
eaton-bruno/jurcina
bruno/jurcina

with hamonic coming up to fill in for injuries

now for my projections, for the forwards...drumroll please

moulson(27g,24a)-jt(37g,31a)-ko(28g,41a)
bailey(21g,28a)-schremp(18g,30a)-comeau(27g,18a)
hunter(14g,21a)-nielsen(17g,40a)-p.a(12g,15a)
martin(7g,10a)-weight(10g,25a)-konopka(3g,4a,270pim)

MacDonald>>Bruno/Jurcina.

For Parenteau, I disagree with those stats, simply because with him., i think it's either he has a Moulson like breakout year or he ends up as a reserve.

I also disagree about no prospects making it. I'd say Niederreiter has a greater than 50/50 shot at being on the team. bailey and Tavares, our last 2 1st's, both started right away, and both were less NHL ready than Niederreiter, imo.

And just saying, konopka has gotta be the center, not Weight, Konopka is great in face offs.

I agree about Martin, also a near lock imo. Just from my point of view I'd guess:

Moulson(31-24-55)-Tavares(29-42-71)-Okposo(25-37-62)
Niederreiter(17-24-41)-Bailey(13-35-48)-Comeau(23-20-43)
Schremp(17-19-36)-Nielsen(12-31-43)-Hunter(13-19-32)
Weight(5-25-30)-Konopka (2-5-7)-Martin(4-15-19)

Streit(13-44-58)-Martinek(6-19-25)
Wisniewski(6-30-36)-Eaton(3-12-15)
Hillen(6-23-29)-MacDonald(3-15-18)

DiPietro (.913, 2.59)
Roloson (.905, 2.83)


Imo the stats are optimal but very reachable with what these players have done in previous years, and taking their ages into account, and taking the overall improved performance of the team too.

228 goals, we had 214 last year, so i think it's reasonable when I mean it's almost impossible that we don't have a better year this year. i think we're a playoff team with our improved defense, maturing offense, and if DP is healthy, an all-star goalie.

beltran15mets
09-03-2010, 11:36 PM
i think tavares will score more than moulson this year. Id say tavares is around 40 and moulson will be low to mid 30s and KO will be low to mid 20s

arliss
09-04-2010, 01:47 PM
MacDonald>>Bruno/Jurcina.

For Parenteau, I disagree with those stats, simply because with him., i think it's either he has a Moulson like breakout year or he ends up as a reserve.

I also disagree about no prospects making it. I'd say Niederreiter has a greater than 50/50 shot at being on the team. bailey and Tavares, our last 2 1st's, both started right away, and both were less NHL ready than Niederreiter, imo.

And just saying, konopka has gotta be the center, not Weight, Konopka is great in face offs.

I agree about Martin, also a near lock imo. Just from my point of view I'd guess:

Moulson(31-24-55)-Tavares(29-42-71)-Okposo(25-37-62)
Niederreiter(17-24-41)-Bailey(13-35-48)-Comeau(23-20-43)
Schremp(17-19-36)-Nielsen(12-31-43)-Hunter(13-19-32)
Weight(5-25-30)-Konopka (2-5-7)-Martin(4-15-19)

Streit(13-44-58)-Martinek(6-19-25)
Wisniewski(6-30-36)-Eaton(3-12-15)
Hillen(6-23-29)-MacDonald(3-15-18)

DiPietro (.913, 2.59)
Roloson (.905, 2.83)


Imo the stats are optimal but very reachable with what these players have done in previous years, and taking their ages into account, and taking the overall improved performance of the team too.

228 goals, we had 214 last year, so i think it's reasonable when I mean it's almost impossible that we don't have a better year this year. i think we're a playoff team with our improved defense, maturing offense, and if DP is healthy, an all-star goalie.

youre completely right about amac...i honestly just forgot about him

arliss
09-16-2010, 10:12 AM
i didnt geta chance to watch the prospects game last night but from what ive read:

-nino,ullstrom,figren,cizikas all looked good
-figren scored, and nino tipped in a shot from hamonic..nino also got into a fight
-de haan looked better than hamonic but hamonic was physical and fought
-mikko was 15-15 in the first
-kabanov was incosistent but showed flashes

Dieheartjetsfan
09-16-2010, 01:23 PM
i expect: 30 from tavares
26 okopose
21 bailey
moulsen 27

Dieheartjetsfan
09-16-2010, 01:25 PM
not a playoff team this year, but soon enough.

Don't expect ANYTHING from diepietro, if he tries to be ready for the begining of camp he wont last 2 weeks into the season....

Hate to say it but the man is finished, the sooner we all accept that the better off the organization will be.

arliss
09-16-2010, 01:35 PM
not a playoff team this year, but soon enough.

Don't expect ANYTHING from diepietro, if he tries to be ready for the begining of camp he wont last 2 weeks into the season....

Hate to say it but the man is finished, the sooner we all accept that the better off the organization will be.

what do you mean if he tries to be ready for camp?

hes been ready for camp

kmo429
09-16-2010, 03:57 PM
I disagree about DP, if he's healthy, he's definitely not finished, not even close. He's 29, he's healthy now, he's not done.

tsunami
09-16-2010, 04:37 PM
this is why i said it would be nice if he could get 30 games in as a back up. i'm honestly not expecting anything from DP, so anything he gives to the team is a bonus. bad knees and hips for a goalie is bad no matter what age he is.

remember kris jenkins looked good during training camp too.

kmo429
09-16-2010, 07:03 PM
Jenkins is 31 and 360 pounds.... his injury had nothing to do with being injured last year, heck its the same injury on the same leg but it's just a freak coincidence, it had nothing to do with prior injuries that Jenkins leg got fell on like that tearing the ACL. DiPietro, oh yeah, is playing hockey and is a goalie, not gonna be as able to get injured as playing DT in football.

tsunami
09-16-2010, 07:33 PM
$20 says DP hurts himself making a save, stretching, tying his skates in the locker room, taping his stick, hitting the breaks too hard on the meadowbrook parkway, or taking a bite out of a bagel before thanksgiving.

kmo429
09-16-2010, 09:57 PM
You're just a pesimist, and you know that DP at 100% is way better than Roloson at 100%. Imagine, maybe not this year, but any time in the next 2 years, we get the DP of 06-07 back when he was an all star, that would really be the icing on the cake to a long and steady and successful rebuild.

Dieheartjetsfan
09-16-2010, 10:46 PM
$20 says DP hurts himself making a save, stretching, tying his skates in the locker room, taping his stick, hitting the breaks too hard on the meadowbrook parkway, or taking a bite out of a bagel before thanksgiving.

This.

Fool me once shame on u, fool me twice shame on me, fool me 30 times......u get the point.

U guys still don't realize after all these injuries/surgerys hes finished?!?!?!!?

Once we accept that we can take the next step foward......if we get 30 games as a backup from dipietro this season its a huge huge huge success.

Best case scenario for the organization is he retires.

kmo429
09-17-2010, 12:03 AM
This.

Fool me once shame on u, fool me twice shame on me, fool me 30 times......u get the point.

U guys still don't realize after all these injuries/surgerys hes finished?!?!?!!?

Once we accept that we can take the next step foward......if we get 30 games as a backup from dipietro this season its a huge huge huge success.

Best case scenario for the organization is he retires.

One thing, this is just wrong. if he was 33-34, around there, with 6 or so years left on his deal, still oft injured and unproductive, true. But he's 20 ****ing 9. H~e was drafted 1st overall in 2000. In 06 he was picked to be the USA's starting goalie in the Olympics, not Ryan Miller, not Tim Thomas. In 06-07 he was awesome, Dubie got a lot of the credit for bringing us to the playoffs that year. But no, the Isles would have been long out of contension if DP didn't stand on his head the 1st 3/4 of the season, and then he got concussed, giving Dubie some time to shine. In 08, well don't look at the stats, looka t him getting selected to the All star game, starting it, and tweaking his hip in the shootout skills competition, then laying unjured t greatly worsen his stats. What am i saying? I'm saying that from 2-4 years ago, this guy was the face of the Islanders, an emerging face of hockey in the USA, and emerging as one of the better goalies in the league. 13 starts in the last 2 years and you want to totally throw him under the bus? 2 years after al of this?!? Cmon!!

And for factual matters, Dipietro ended the 07-08 season with a .902 save percentage and 2.82 GAA, very average/mediocre/etc. Well, that same season, just after the all-star break when he tweaked his hip, he has a .881 save percentage, and 3.37 GAA. And for statisical purposes, his pre-all star stats were .912 save percentage and i'm to lazy to figure out the GAA>

Also. Islanders finished that season 35-38-9, 15 points out of the 8th spot. Do you know what's coming now? 25-21-7 before the all-star break, and 10-17-2 after the all star break.

Now do I need to explain how important DP is for us?

kmo429
09-17-2010, 12:12 AM
I mean, who was our MVP this season? Dwayne Roloson, with his .907 save percentage and 3.00 GAA< cause isles fans dont take goaltending for granted. Remember how much of an upgrade that was over Danis/Mac? Well imagin e a healthy DP, giving us a .910-.920+ save percentage on a year to year basis, and becaus eof his great puck playing abilities only 2nd to marty brodeur hed almost be an extra ouck moving defenseman out there.

The Islanders arent going to win anything with Dwayne Roloson, that's the ugly truth, and until maybe 3-4 years down the road if we know koskinen or poulin will be a very good starting goalie will they be able to help us win anything. Well between right now and the time Koskinen/Poulin are ready to prove themselves, DP has a window. He needs to come back healthy and play the way he did the last 2 years before he got injured. If he succeedsand resurrects his career, this is no longer a waiting game for isles fans, wed be a team of the now ready to contend as soon as 2011-2012, if not, well looks liek another 3+ years waiting for the development of a couple of goalies who are never going to be stars.

I'm sorry but I can't help but be optimistic about DP, he's my favorite player on the ice and off and I just can't get how you guys or at least one of you can give up on him, considering how good he was, just 2 years ago, and how important he has shown he can be and how important he'd be immediately to us when he came back.

tsunami
09-17-2010, 03:49 AM
I mean, who was our MVP this season? Dwayne Roloson, with his .907 save percentage and 3.00 GAA< cause isles fans dont take goaltending for granted. Remember how much of an upgrade that was over Danis/Mac? Well imagin e a healthy DP, giving us a .910-.920+ save percentage on a year to year basis, and becaus eof his great puck playing abilities only 2nd to marty brodeur hed almost be an extra ouck moving defenseman out there.

The Islanders arent going to win anything with Dwayne Roloson, that's the ugly truth, and until maybe 3-4 years down the road if we know koskinen or poulin will be a very good starting goalie will they be able to help us win anything. Well between right now and the time Koskinen/Poulin are ready to prove themselves, DP has a window. He needs to come back healthy and play the way he did the last 2 years before he got injured. If he succeedsand resurrects his career, this is no longer a waiting game for isles fans, wed be a team of the now ready to contend as soon as 2011-2012, if not, well looks liek another 3+ years waiting for the development of a couple of goalies who are never going to be stars.

I'm sorry but I can't help but be optimistic about DP, he's my favorite player on the ice and off and I just can't get how you guys or at least one of you can give up on him, considering how good he was, just 2 years ago, and how important he has shown he can be and how important he'd be immediately to us when he came back.

it's getting harder and harder to imagine him back on the ice for any period of time (let alone playing back to his top form). don't get me wrong i think all of us would agree that having DP healthy and playing the way that he can would be a huge boost to this team. dp is great off the ice, he gives a lot back to the fans and to the community and he's really hard to root against. i was happy for him last year in dallas to see him make his first start in his latest comeback attempt. while i've enjoyed watching him play at his top level i just wonder if those days are long gone.

bottom line is yes, when healthy he would be our best option but after the last few seasons it's hard to picture him making it through the season without any issues.

arliss
09-17-2010, 11:09 AM
firstly this is the prospects thread

secondly..if dp stays out of his own way, then he will be fine...the last 2 injuries have happened because he forced himself to come back too soon

tsunami
09-19-2010, 01:39 PM
:sigh: fine i guess we'll get back on topic...


After the first day of practice at training camp, it was made crystal clear that the Islanders are going to do what’s best for their most promising young defensemen. And for the Islanders. Asked if there were any available jobs on defense, Scott Gordon segued into a discussion about 2009 first round pick Calvin de Haan and 2008 second-rounder Travis Hamonic. “To make our club, they have to be in our top four,” said Gordon. He then spoke of the potential of de Haan logging big minutes in Oshawa of the OHL and Hamonic with Bridgeport of the AHL.

So if there was any doubt the Islanders will develop these talented prospects the proper way when they signed depth defenseman Milan Jurcina - bringing the total of blueline one-way contracts to eight - there should be little now. Gordon’s comment appears to narrow the list of top young prospects the Islanders will consider rushing keeping this season down to one: Nino Niederreiter.
ipb.com

i think this is the right move. let them get plenty of ice time in the system and let them develop their game slowly.

kmo429
09-22-2010, 11:12 PM
Hearing 2008 6th-round #isles draft pick Jared Spurgeon has impressed enough in Wild camp to get a contract soon from Minnesota.

CB, good for him.

By the way, by your Mets magic number thing, is that just a countdown until the Mets season is over? And he better be fired.

tsunami
12-14-2010, 09:06 PM
islanderspointblank.com has a good article ranking the islanders top 25 prospects.

kmo429
12-15-2010, 12:13 AM
Yes but i was surprised to not see Tony deHart on the list.

kmo429
12-15-2010, 10:30 PM
Cizikas and De Haan will both play for Canada in the World Juniors this year. We also have Nelson for USA. Those are the ones already named, well have more future Isles being represented though. We'll see who they are in the next week.

kmo429
12-26-2010, 09:24 PM
WJC Update:

The Tournament began today. De Haan had one assist in a 6-3 Canada victory and Niederreiter had one goal and one assist in a 4-3 Swiss victory. Nelson did not play because USA didnt play...

tsunami
12-28-2010, 10:45 PM
brock nelson and calvin de haan injured at the WJC

kmo429
12-28-2010, 11:36 PM
^Crap.. I heard about Nelson but DE HAANNNNN TOOOOOO? that sucks.

tsunami
12-29-2010, 07:00 PM
No word yet from Team Canada to media on site re: severity of Calvin de Haan injury at WJC. One observer believes it's a knee.chris botta (twitter)
... sounds great :rolleyes:

kmo429
12-30-2010, 12:09 AM
^Ciziks had a gol tonight..... lol Nelson is still out I believe too...

tsunami
03-16-2011, 07:56 PM
MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota defenseman Aaron Ness made it official today, signing a three-year entry-level deal with the New York Islanders.

Ness will report to the Islanders’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, and play out the remainder of the 2010-11 season on an Amateur Tryout Contract (ATO). The entry-level contract will begin in 2011-12 season.

“Aaron made tremendous strides this year physically and in the defensive part of his game," Minnesota coach Don Lucia said. "He was a terrific leader and you could count on him to be the hardest worker in practice and he competed hard in every game. At 20, he has a bright future ahead of him. We will miss Aaron, but appreciate all he did for Gopher hockey.”

Ness, 20, was drafted by the Islanders in the second round (40th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. After putting up stellar numbers as a high schooler, he was able to translate that to the college game.

The 5-foot-10, 177-pound defenseman appeared in 35 games this season with the Golden Gophers, recording 14 points (two goals, 12 assists) and 41 penalty minutes. In 111 total games at Minnesota, he had six goals and 43 points.
http://www.collegehockeynews.com/news/2011/03/16_ness_signs_with_islanders.php

kmo429
03-16-2011, 08:03 PM
Good to give him a chance. We drafted him in the 2nd round and even though he is a small defenseman (his biggest obstacle in being a career NHL player) he may be a solid player in Bridgeport until he is ready to take his shot (could be 2+ years definitely)

beltran15mets
03-16-2011, 08:22 PM
anyone know if he is related to jayson ness? Jayson wrestled for minnesota and won the national championship last year

kmo429
03-16-2011, 08:45 PM
No idea but they're close in age, share a last name that seems pretty uncommon and go to the same college... Id ASSUME so.

beltran15mets
03-16-2011, 08:57 PM
i looked it up and they graduated from different high schools and their moms have different names but both of their dads names are jay so maybe their step brothers

kmo429
03-16-2011, 09:05 PM
^Sounds like a good possibility then.. I dont get the relevance though, a lot fo these guys have brothers who are athletes lol

beltran15mets
03-17-2011, 03:16 PM
just curious lol

Titan_Fan
03-18-2011, 04:45 PM
Hmmm.. wonder if they are related to Elliot Ness? LOL

BrianWestKins
03-18-2011, 06:02 PM
Hmmmm...... I wonder if they're related to Ness from Super Smash Bros..

kmo429
03-19-2011, 12:04 AM
^hahaha lmao

I know that if Ness were to break out and some day become a solid NHLer, his nick anme would be "The Loch Ness Monster"

tsunami
04-03-2011, 07:03 PM
nino niederreiter 4 goals, 6 assists helps portland sweep their first round.

calvin de haan 1 goal, 5 assists, +7 for the oshawa generals in their first round win.

kmo429
04-03-2011, 07:22 PM
So for Nino... thats in 4 games people. Holy smokes lol

beltran15mets
04-03-2011, 07:34 PM
:drool:nino.

tsunami
04-03-2011, 07:34 PM
^yup

nino lead the team in goals (all of them were on even strength), assists, and therefore total points.

he was a +5 and he averaged 2.5 points per game.

he's tied with brayden schenn in whl playoff points so far (schenn has played in one more game)

beltran15mets
04-09-2011, 10:54 AM
Kabanov had a nice playoff series as well. 2 goals 3 assisits in a six game series win

beltran15mets
04-10-2011, 07:35 PM
kabanov added another 2 assists in the second game of the second round to give him 5 assists in 7 playoff games

kmo429
04-13-2011, 11:51 PM
El Nino now has 6 goals and 8 assists for 14 points in 7 playoff games so far. The winterhawks are playign right now and are winning 2-1, dont know who's scored but Id be shocked if Nino didn't hae 1 or 2 points, cause he's been insanely good.

tsunami
04-14-2011, 12:06 AM
El Nino now has 6 goals and 8 assists for 14 points in 7 playoff games so far. The winterhawks are playign right now and are winning 2-1, dont know who's scored but Id be shocked if Nino didn't hae 1 or 2 points, cause he's been insanely good.

nino has no goals tonight. but he has assists on each goal.
6-10-16 in 8 games.

kmo429
04-14-2011, 12:18 AM
^Now it's 6-11-17 and +5 in 8 games. He's playing ridiculously right now. Portland up 3-1 over Kelownia in the 2nd round

tsunami
04-14-2011, 12:27 AM
^the winterhawks scored again and nino the loser didn't get a point on that one.

kmo429
04-14-2011, 12:47 AM
^Nino had a 3rd assist....

tsunami
04-14-2011, 01:15 AM
^yes i know the hawks added a 4th goal.

nino is on fire and it's a great sign that he's playing his best hockey while his team is in the post season.

kmo429
04-14-2011, 01:19 PM
^41 goals in 55 regular season games is pretty epic too lmao. I just have no idea who he'll play with. I think we need a legit playmaking center for him to play on the 2nd line, someone who cn be a #1 in the future but isn't cuse of JT, that's why I think Strome would be awesome nd a 2nd option would be Couturier

beltran15mets
04-14-2011, 06:48 PM
Kabanov had a 2 goal game yesterday he now has 4 goals 7 assists in 9 playoff games for the MAINEiacs... looks like we have two good wingers coming up
heres the video of his 2 goals http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHnhRgLDvAw

kmo429
04-14-2011, 07:04 PM
^Yeah but Kabanov had a mediocre season at best.. it's not good if a player only shows up in big games

beltran15mets
04-14-2011, 07:47 PM
^well he was traded during the year so maybe he was just getting used to his new team?

kmo429
04-15-2011, 12:55 PM
^I guess... Next year IS a make or break year for him.

beltran15mets
04-15-2011, 03:31 PM
this off season is big for him also... he needs to put on some muscle if he wants to play for the isles in the future

kmo429
04-15-2011, 03:41 PM
Definitely. He has the size to be a top 6 power forward if he reaches his potential but he needs to fill out first and simultaneously work on his work ethic.

kmo429
04-16-2011, 01:26 AM
Kabanov with a goals and 2 assts tonight ina loss to force a game 6. He now is 5-9-14 in 10 playoff games, 3-7-10 in just this 5 game series n the 2nd round

kmo429
04-16-2011, 01:29 AM
Portlnd lost to Kelownia 2-1 today... series now 3-2 winterhawks... I bet you guys can guess who hd the lone Portlan goal.. yeah, El Nino, now 7-11-18 in 9 games this playoffs.

Stat&Meloallday
04-16-2011, 02:48 PM
Damn NINO gonna be a STUDDD!!!!!

Kabanov has so many questionmarks....he needs to put muscle on this summer and have a big season next year if he wants to stick....

Sound kind of familiar to a guy on the team right now? Bailey the clock is ticking next season.

beltran15mets
04-16-2011, 04:56 PM
I think the only questionmark with kabanov is if he can keep his head on straight and not do anything crazy. We know he has skill and we know he will be working out and getting bigger.

beltran15mets
04-18-2011, 05:28 PM
kabanov with another 2 assists in a win that puts the maineiacs into the next round

kmo429
04-18-2011, 05:40 PM
And idk if i posted anything but Nino and the Winterhawks won their series, Nino didnt score so he's now 7-11-18 in 10 games. Some top prospects in this eyrs draft had good games though, especilly Sven bartschi (Imo, the steal of the draft lol)

And so Kabanov is 5-11-16 in 11 games? That's great.

beltran15mets
04-22-2011, 11:39 PM
kabanov had another goal to push his point streak to nine but the maineiacs lost game 1 in OT

beltran15mets
04-23-2011, 11:47 PM
kabanov scored again point streak now at 10 but the maineiacs lost again. kabanov in now 7-11-18 in 13 playoff games

kmo429
04-24-2011, 01:45 AM
HEs beasting but the road cant end here. CMON MAINEIACS!

kmo429
04-27-2011, 12:33 AM
Kabanov scored tonight again, now 11 game point streak and 8-11-19 in 14 playoff games. Theyre down 3-0 so next game COULD be his last.

Nino has 2 assists in 2 games this series (1-1) so is 7-13-20 in 12 games.

Its great to have 2 guys tearing it up in the post season like they are

tsunami
04-27-2011, 12:45 AM
i can't wait for camp

kmo429
04-27-2011, 01:01 PM
I think a lot of times Isles fans underrate Nino and just bunch him together with a,l our other young wingers like Moulson and Parenteau and Comeau,, etc, but he could actually be a star payer. I see a Rocket Richard Trophy in his future :D

Nino seems like a Rick Nash clone to me, that's my NHL comparison lol

BrianWestKins
04-27-2011, 03:26 PM
I think a lot of times Isles fans underrate Nino and just bunch him together with a,l our other young wingers like Moulson and Parenteau and Comeau,, etc, but he could actually be a star payer. I see a Rocket Richard Trophy in his future :D

Nino seems like a Rick Nash clone to me, that's my NHL comparison lol

Nino had better be better than the guys you mentioned.. After all he was a top pick

BrianWestKins
04-27-2011, 03:29 PM
As for an NHL comparison, I see a lot of Marian Hossa in his game.

beltran15mets
04-27-2011, 04:08 PM
you guys dont even want to know what my expectations are for kabanov lol

watchoutNYJ
04-27-2011, 05:52 PM
will kabanov ever be brought over here? i cant wait for that day...

kmo429
04-27-2011, 07:26 PM
^Kabanov is still not big or strong enough for the NHL but if he can play like he is the playoffs right now for all of next year, he goes from a high risk, high reward pick to simply a high reward pick that could play in the NHL in 2012-2013, evenm if it's only for 9 games.

And as for NINO I dont think he's good enough int he playmaking aspect of the game to be comparable to Marian Hossa, so I still think Rick Nash or even Corey Perry (if he reaches his potential) would eb aan accurate and fair comparison.

Kabanov I'm gonna stay Russian and say Niklai Zherdev or Alex Frolov is something we could likely see him be. There's a small chance he turns into a Semin or Kovalchuk prolific type goal scorer.

beltran15mets
04-27-2011, 07:36 PM
i say kabanov is kovalchuk 2.0 once he muscles up

beltran15mets
04-29-2011, 05:44 PM
kabanov extended his point streak but the maineiacs lost game 4 and the series... good playoffs for kabanov though 8-12-20 in 15 games

kmo429
04-29-2011, 09:19 PM
Nino also has 3 assists so far in 3 games in his series (portland leads 2-1) so he's overall 7-14-21 in 13 games. We know he's an elite goal scorer but it's really nice to see he's been more dynamic with an assist/game rate over 1.

kmo429
04-30-2011, 08:32 AM
Nino was held off the score sheet last night in an 8-3 loss to Spokane.

So what do we have here. Do we have Nino struggling due to increased competition (this is the Semi Finals I believe)? Or do you have Portland struggling (#1 seed tied 2-2 in the series, total of 8 goals in the 4 games; Spokane has 13) because Nino has turned cold all of a sudden?

I don't know, but if Portland ends up winning this series, I think Nino will be a big part of the final 2-3 games.

beltran15mets
04-30-2011, 05:36 PM
looks like we have our future conn smythe candidates lol

kmo429
04-30-2011, 08:23 PM
^JT had a goal and assists in Canada's 1st game in the World Championships (4-1 victory) and Montoya had 12 saves on 13 shots in his American Victory (5-1)

tsunami
04-30-2011, 09:44 PM
^amazing that moulson isn't on team canada

kmo429
04-30-2011, 10:18 PM
Was he not invited? or are they just isles haters over there?

tsunami
04-30-2011, 11:13 PM
Was he not invited? or are they just isles haters over there?


61 GOALS NOT ENOUGH FOR MATT MOULSON
Big scorer does not make the cut for Team Canada

You would think that after a pair of 30-goal seasons, Matt Moulson would be a lock to be courted to play at the World Championships – even for a national team as deep in talent as Moulson’s Canada.

It appears Moulson will have to continue to prove some hockey people wrong about him. Somehow, he didn’t make Team Canada’s final list of twelve forwards that will compete over the next few weeks in Europe. This, despite only one of the twelve chosen forwards (Rick Nash, 65) scoring more goals over the last two seasons than Moulson.

Point Blank reached out to a high-ranking Team Canada official, who graciously responded via email from Prague to our inquiry about Moulson’s candidacy. “Matt was definitely on our list and he was discussed, but he was not selected for our group of twelve forwards,” the official wrote.

Here are the twelve, as chosen by Canada GM Dave Nonis and assistants Rob Blake and Bob Murray: Nash, Andrew Ladd, Cal Clutterbuck, Matt Duchene, Jordan Eberle, Evander Kane, Jeff Skinner, Jason Spezza, Chris Stewart, John Tavares, Antoine Vermette, Travis Zajac.

An impressive list, to be sure, although a few names jump out as players who have not accomplished at the NHL level the last two years what Moulson has with the Islanders. Team Canada is looking to add a forward this weekend from one of the teams eliminated from the first round of the playoffs. Meanwhile, one of the most accomplished out there doesn’t get the call. (A source close to Moulson told Point Blank, “Matt would have loved the opportunity.”)

In fairness to Team Canada, Nonis and his lieutenants are charged with fielding a complete roster that combines talent, grit and the ability to do “the little things.” In recent years, the organization has chosen to go young, which would explain the presence of super-skilled lads like Eberle and Kane. But Moulson is only 27 years old.

Moulson, from North York, Ontario, scored a combined 61 goals over the last two years. Among the chosen wings, the effectively-irritating Clutterbuck had 32, the well-respected Ladd had 46. The Canadian roster has seven centers, including Vermette (a combined 46 goals the last two seasons), the still-raw Kane (33) and the inconsistent Zajac (38). In exhibition games so far, Vermette and others are playing the wing.

“Like anything of this nature, the selection process can be a little political,” an NHL general manager told Point Blank. “I think it’s a decent roster and you can make a case for some of the iffy choices. (Head coach) Ken Hitchcock might be comfortable with Vermette, who he worked with in Columbus. But Moulson’s goal-scoring the last two years is pretty tough to ignore. He and Tavares could have stuck together at the Worlds and gone on a scoring spree. You know a kid like Moulson would have played his *** off to take advantage of the opportunity, while I’m not so sure about some of the veterans they picked.”

Moulson has come a long way, just apparently not far enough in the eyes of Team Canada. Is this a big deal? Not really. In the long run, it could be for the best. Moulson, who has not missed a game in his two years as an Islander, can retain his health instead of playing in a tournament of debatable importance. And he has been at his best when playing with a chip on his shoulder.islanderspointblank

kmo429
05-01-2011, 12:26 AM
Thats absolutely ridiculous after seeing that roster, there 6 freaking centers. Thats just dumb... Clutterbuck doesnt do ****.

kmo429
05-01-2011, 12:28 AM
Portland won 2-1, Nino was scorless and a -2... He's really cooled off. 3 assists in his last 5 games.

kmo429
05-02-2011, 11:41 PM
Nino has an assist tonight in Spokane, 3-2 Hawks after 2, one period away from advancing to the WHL finals I believe?

tsunami
05-02-2011, 11:46 PM
Nino has an assist tonight in Spokane, 3-2 Hawks after 2, one period away from advancing to the WHL finals I believe?

the game is over already. 3-2 win in game 5.
it's a 7 game series so they need one more win to advance.

kmo429
05-03-2011, 12:00 AM
^Theyre playing right now....

kmo429
05-03-2011, 12:01 AM
Its tied 3-3 now. Go HAwks!

tsunami
05-03-2011, 12:26 AM
^Theyre playing right now....

stupid website :mad: (it said final)

tsunami
05-03-2011, 12:33 AM
4-3 winterhawks (under 5 to play)

tsunami
05-03-2011, 12:35 AM
5-3 nino with the goal!

tsunami
05-04-2011, 02:08 AM
THE ISLANDERS’ TOP TEN PROSPECTS
Presenting our end-of-season scouts’ poll

With less than eight weeks to go before the draft – and with a pair of key kids still playing in the Canadian junior playoffs – the Point Blank 2010-11 Final Prospect Rankings have been completed.

The process was the same as our end-of-2010 rankings.

Polled: Eight NHL scouts not affiliated with the Islanders.

Criteria: All levels of hockey, limited to 20 games or fewer played in the NHL.

Upside: Included after each ranking is the player’s maximum upside should he reach the NHL. Repeat: maximum upside in the NHL.

Since our last rankings, Travis Hamonic and Jesse Joensuu have graduated and low-ranked Robin Figren appears to be heading back home to Sweden for at least one season. Ty Wishart, acquired for Dwayne Roloson, has now played 25 NHL games and is ineligible for this list. Without further adieu…

1. Nino Niederreiter, Portland (WHL) - first line wing. After scoring 41 goals in 55 regular season games, El Nino has been superb in the playoffs. Thanks in large part to Nino’s heroics, Portland will play Kootenay in the WHL Final. Since his only options next season are junior hockey or the NHL, Niederreiter will be an Islander in 2011-12.

2. Kevin Poulin, Bridgeport (AHL) – No. 1 goaltender. He was outstanding in his one game a week in Bridgeport, and even better in the bulk of his ten games with the Islanders. Will likely start the season in the AHL, perfectly fine considering he is coming back from the second kneecap injury of his career.

3. Calvin de Haan, Oshawa (OHL) – top-pair defenseman. Even his junior coach knows de Haan will be a pro next season. The talented puck-mover belongs in Bridgeport for at least the first half of next season, but will almost certainly see some action with the Islanders depending on the health of the team.

4. Kirill Kabanov, Lewiston (QMJHL) – second line wing. After a very inconsistent regular season, Kabanov lit it up in the QMJHL playoffs (12-8-20 in 15 games). With the Maineiacs, Kabanov is becoming a man. Both the kid and his coaches deserve a lot of credit. This is an extremely positive development for the Islanders.

5. Matt Donovan, Denver (NCAA) – second pair defenseman. He left Denver feeling like he had nothing else to prove at the collegiate level, but the flashy Donovan needs to upgrade his play in his own end and his strength. Proper development in Bridgeport is crucial for Donovan to become an impact NHLer in a few years.

6. Brock Nelson, North Dakota (NCAA) - second line center. Needs another two years with the Fighting Sioux, for whom he’ll play big minutes after a solid freshman season. Despite suffering a serious, um, lower-body injury in the NCAA tournament, the Islanders’ 2010 first round pick is doing well and is on schedule.

7. Casey Cizikas, Mississaugua-St. Michael’s (OHL) - third line center. While Niederreiter and Kabanov have deservedly received some Islanders-connected press for their strong playoffs, Cizikas – curiously – has gotten little while leading St. Mike’s in the OHL playoffs. Could it be because he has yet to be signed? Naaaah. More curiously, Team Canada’s versatile center at the WJC didn’t even rate a top-ten mention in The Hockey News’ list of Islanders prospects. (It’s a conspiracy!) Cizikas, who will play in the Memorial Cup with host St. Mike’s, may not have Nelson’s upside, but he’s more of a sure bet to play in the NHL. He’ll be signed after the Memorial Cup.

8. Kirill Petrov, Yugra (KHL) – second line wing. If just one of the third-round Kirills hits his potential someday down the road in the NHL, consider it a bonus for the slow and steady rebuild. If both do, it’s a friggin’ bonanza. The 6-3 Petrov was a bleh 8-11-19 in 47 games this season after his trade to Yugra. A source told Point Blank that if Petrov plays the fourth and final year of his contract in the KHL, it could be back with Kazan. He should be at Islanders Prospect Camp again this summer.

9. Mikko Koskinen, Bridgeport (AHL) – No. 1 goaltender. As Al Montoya has demonstrated, goaltenders – in this case, a European facing a whole different game in North America – can often take time to develop. The 6-6 Koskinen played impressively in the final month of the season in Bridgeport.

10. Rhett Rakhshani, Bridgeport (AHL) - third line forward. Enjoyed a terrific first season of pro with 24-38-62 in 68 games in Bridgeport. Size (5-10 190) could be a hurdle. Speed and smarts are his assets.


Also receiving consideration:
Anders Nilsson, Lulea (Sweden) – No. 2 goaltender (still unsigned, still untested in North America).
David Ullstrom, Bridgeport (AHL), Anders Lee, Notre Dame (NCAA), Jason Gregoire, North Dakota (NCAA) - third line forwards.
Mark Katic, Bridgeport (AHL), Blake Kessel, New Hampshire (NCAA), Aaron Ness, Minnesota (NCAA) – third pair defensemen.

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By this point, it should probably go without saying that several key current Islanders roster members (Tavares, Hamonic, etc.) were drafted in 2006 or much more recently, so the Islanders possess an exciting combination of prospects and young NHLers. But we said it anyway. Garth Snow has also unearthed a pair of gems – Matt Moulson and Michael Grabner – that have not even reached NHL middle age.

Perhaps best of all for the Country, the Islanders’ fifth overall pick in the 2011 NHL Draft in June is not on this list. You could probably slot him right now in the No. 2 spot and move everyone else back down a notch. With the new 18-year-old, the Islanders’ prospect depth chart will rank safely among the top-third in the 30-team NHL.

Now it’s on the Islanders organization to develop its talented youngsters and surround them with the right teammates. The odds remain the same: there’s a good chance at least half of the Point Blank Top 10 will not have standout NHL careers. Over the last four seasons, the Islanders have not come close to making the playoffs. A consistent contender is not built on draft picks and prayers.ipb.com

kmo429
05-04-2011, 03:24 PM
Atta boy nino, finally a game he contributed in. Like I said before he's gotta be Portland's best player if Portland wants to win the Champonship

BrianWestKins
05-04-2011, 05:25 PM
Those top four prospects have me salivating.

beltran15mets
05-04-2011, 06:14 PM
i think we should move bailey back to center next year so our lines can be something like this
Moulson Tavares Parentau
Grabner Frans Okposo
Nino bailey Comeau

kmo429
05-04-2011, 09:30 PM
^Thats what I was thinking but Parenteau on the 1st isnt gonna get us in the playoffs, he did well statistically and on the PP but in my opinion he was just "along for the ride" on that 1st line. We need a player that's gonna make the line better, rather than benefit from the line.

Stat&Meloallday
05-05-2011, 01:27 AM
i think we should move bailey back to center next year so our lines can be something like this
Moulson Tavares grabner
comeau Couurtier Okposo
Nino nielson bailey/parenteau (best man wins the job)

fixed :D

beltran15mets
05-05-2011, 02:15 PM
i just put parentau on the first line bc okposo(who i would have put there) looked very good on a line with grabner and frans. Good thing is that we have a lot of good wingers who we can move around from left to right so im sure next year we will have 3 solid scoring lines

nyifan48
05-05-2011, 08:55 PM
chris botta seems to be big on Brooks Laich coming to the islanders, and with the capitals disappointing exit from the playoffs, i wouldn't be surprised if the caps dont resign him.

the only thing is we need wang to cough up some money. and between free angeny (comeau, grabs, bailey) and JT's rookie contract coming to an end after the 2011-2012 season, i doubt he will want to spend top dollar on Laich.

my prediction is Nino starts off on the 4th line and P.A. will start on the first with JT and Moulson. the first two lines had too much success to break up so soon. but when nino finally gets his NHL bearings hes gonna be moved up to the first with JT and moulson, and P.A. will go down to the third with Bailey and comeau. 4th line is a toss up. Maybe Matt Martin, Jesse Joensuu, and Haley (who i was pretty impressed with in only 27 games)

tsunami
05-05-2011, 09:28 PM
i have zero faith that wang spends any more money then the minimum again this season. i think it's going to be up to the same core of guys (with a healthy d, nino, and pick #5) to get us to the next level in 2012.

beltran15mets
05-05-2011, 09:52 PM
^ not much of a need for free agents
Moulson-Tavares-Parentau
Grabner-Nielsen-Okposo
Nino-Bailey-Comeau
martin-konopka-hunter

Streit-Jurcina
Hamonic-macdonald
Eaton-Mottau

And than you have haley and hillen as your backups and also our 1st round pick

tsunami
05-05-2011, 09:59 PM
^ i would love on proven forward or veteran leader. someone to lead the team like peca did in the beginning of last decade.

but you're right we might not need anyone to do well. streit, eaton, mottau, & nino are going to feel like fa additions next year.

nyifan48
05-05-2011, 10:23 PM
i thought the islanders arent planning on picking up konopka's contract?

nyifan48
05-05-2011, 10:24 PM
and i hate to admit it, but trent hunter is a player that excels from working with top notch players. i dont think his productivity on a 4th line, or even a PP if he is put on it, will be very noticeable

tsunami
05-05-2011, 10:32 PM
i thought the islanders arent planning on picking up konopka's contract?

they'd be really dumb not to. as of right now there hasn't even been a report that they're talking. i wonder, since martin and haley were able to fight and score goals, if the isles will be cheap and let zenon walk.

kmo429
05-05-2011, 10:48 PM
chris botta seems to be big on Brooks Laich coming to the islanders, and with the capitals disappointing exit from the playoffs, i wouldn't be surprised if the caps dont resign him.

the only thing is we need wang to cough up some money. and between free angeny (comeau, grabs, bailey) and JT's rookie contract coming to an end after the 2011-2012 season, i doubt he will want to spend top dollar on Laich.

my prediction is Nino starts off on the 4th line and P.A. will start on the first with JT and Moulson. the first two lines had too much success to break up so soon. but when nino finally gets his NHL bearings hes gonna be moved up to the first with JT and moulson, and P.A. will go down to the third with Bailey and comeau. 4th line is a toss up. Maybe Matt Martin, Jesse Joensuu, and Haley (who i was pretty impressed with in only 27 games)


Only thing is, I dont know if that 3rd line would have enough offensive firepower. If everything works out the way we want it too, we culd keep Nino on the 3rd with bailey and Comeau, and have 3 very good scoring lines, and play the top 3 lines similar minutes, the 1st getting only a couple or few more than the 3rd and the 2nd somewhere in between. First can get 19, 2nd cqn get 17, 3rd can get 14, and the 4th can get 10 or so. I think our best bet s to aim at 3 good scorimng lines and che3mistry.

btw, welcome to the site.

kmo429
05-05-2011, 10:51 PM
they'd be really dumb not to. as of right now there hasn't even been a report that they're talking. i wonder, since martin and haley were able to fight and score goals, if the isles will be cheap and let zenon walk.

Cheap isnt the problem. Big Z said he would come back ona one year, 600K contract. I just dont know if Snow likes tyhe lack of offensive production. Which is foolish cause he's one of our best defensive forwards, our toughest players, and ebst leaders.

tsunami
05-05-2011, 11:09 PM
i know how much he wanted. i still think if they let him walk it's because they want to save the half million.

kmo429
05-07-2011, 02:02 AM
Nino scored a goal tonight, Portland wins 4-3 in OT and lead the fials 1-0 over Kootenay Ice.

kmo429
05-08-2011, 12:34 AM
HOLY HELL PORTLAND.

It was 1-1 after one, then Kootenay scored 5 goals (PTL took 9 penalties and gave up 4 ppg_ n the 2nd. Bartschi scored SHG late 2nd to bring it to 6-2 Portland scores 3 goals on their 1st 3 shots in the 3rd and it's 6-5 with 10 mins left now. Nino has one asssist.

nyifan48
05-09-2011, 11:45 PM
Chris Botta has a new video up with Craig Button, former GM for the Flames, and basically said this about the number 5 pick the isles have in the upcoming draft:

Isles will most likely have a choice between a good defenseman in Murphy, or an excellent, first line center in Ryan Strome (check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsf8P5LLF-I)

with Calvin de Haan progressing and our young core of above-average defesemen starting to blossom, i personally would love to see Ryan Strome become an Islander.

If the islanders are aggressive in obtaining a Zach Parise or Brooks Laich, i'm assuming we'd have to give up Bailey+, which would put us in the hole a center between comeau and possibly Nino or Matt Martin (keep in mind, im not big on trent hunter this season)

picking ryan strome will give us awesome depth as Kirill Kabanov and Nino progress giving us a future lineup as such:

moulson-tavares-laich/parise
grabs-nielsen-okposo
nino-comeau-parenteau
martin-konopka-hunter

pretty lethal. especially with a possible Strome, Kabanov, Donovan, and Cizikas all maturing

can't wait to see what will happen. however, being an islander fan, i show my optimism with skepticism

tsunami
05-09-2011, 11:57 PM
http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?id=57677&catid=-7

kmo429
05-10-2011, 12:26 AM
If Larsson is there at 5 we have to take him. Strome is my 2nd favorite C in the draft after Nugent Hopkins. Id like to see him drafted, and if we do go C, Id TRY to trade Bailey in a package for a 1s line winger. if Pafrise aint the guy, hey, how about Ales Hemsky?

BrianWestKins
05-10-2011, 04:55 PM
I want them to make a run at Doughty. And draft Couturier.

kmo429
05-10-2011, 05:03 PM
^lol.. Might as well trade our entire team.

kmo429
05-10-2011, 10:01 PM
Casey Cizikas finishes with 3 assists and +2 in 7-3 win.. Mississauga takes 3-2 series lead.. #Isles prospect has 5G, 18 pts in playoffs..

Rob Carlin... i like it

BrianWestKins
05-10-2011, 10:32 PM
^lol.. Might as well trade our entire team.

Or we can offer him more money than LA can match :shrug:

kmo429
05-10-2011, 10:33 PM
^yeah and giv eup 4 1st round picks of course.

BrianWestKins
05-10-2011, 10:51 PM
^yeah and giv eup 4 1st round picks of course.

Which would honestly be fine with me. It's not like we're in the rebuilding phase any more, we're at the point where we need to contend.

kmo429
05-10-2011, 11:32 PM
Yeah... Ehh... I think we have solid depth and talent on D, and we can easily fills any holes we come across on D with UFA;s. The misconception is that if we totally build from within its like well be great forever, but part of our team needs to be taken from outside to improve it.

BrianWestKins
05-11-2011, 11:16 AM
Absolutely. And I feel like I'm the only person who thinks we're pretty much set at forward between our prospects and guys already in the NHL.. Considering we draft a forward at number five too. We could use a veteran or two for depth, but other than that we're good. And I don't see any of our current defensemen, NHL or prospect, developing into the type of elite two way player like Doughty. I need him.

beltran15mets
05-11-2011, 02:26 PM
thats why we need to trade up for larsson

BrianWestKins
05-11-2011, 04:55 PM
thats why we need to trade up for larsson

I'll settle for Couturier+Doughty :)

kmo429
05-11-2011, 11:57 PM
Portland, down 2-1 to Kootenay, is tied 4-4 in OT. Nino has one assist. He's really been totally unimpactful since the end of the 2nd round. Liek I said earlier, if Portland wants to win this series, and theyre one mistake away from going down 3-1, Nino really needs to step it up for them. He's the single reason they were so dominant in the first 2 rounds.

tsunami
05-12-2011, 12:00 AM
^the can't lose this game if they want to win the series.

tsunami
05-12-2011, 12:02 AM
nino also is a +2 tonight

tsunami
05-12-2011, 12:12 AM
Kootenay just won in OT

kmo429
05-12-2011, 12:19 AM
nino also is a +2 tonight

Thanks to Ryan Johansen I'd say... havent seen any of th games but you gotta show up when it really matters late in the playoffs. Nino plays this series like he played the 1st 2, then the 3 Portland losses by a combined 4 goals, 2 in OT, dont happen most likely.

Stat&Meloallday
05-12-2011, 02:02 PM
I'll settle for Couturier+Doughty :)

This would be the ideal situation in my mind.....i love couturier as a prospect and our future 2nd line center for years to come behind JT

beltran15mets
05-14-2011, 12:53 PM
I want them to make a run at Doughty. And draft Couturier.

or make a run at bogosian

BrianWestKins
05-14-2011, 11:40 PM
That works too. Obviously I'd rather have Doughty but I'd be happy with Bogosian as well. I was dead set on getting him at the deadline for Bailey but that never happened.

kmo429
05-14-2011, 11:50 PM
Bogo would eb a much easier fish to land and Bogo's gonna be a legit #1 dman within 3 years imo

beltran15mets
05-16-2011, 05:40 PM
i think were going to make a run at someone big in free agency to help get voters to vote yes

kmo429
05-16-2011, 06:04 PM
There isnt anyone big in free agency though...

beltran15mets
05-16-2011, 06:29 PM
^trade?

tsunami
05-16-2011, 06:31 PM
^i would like brad richards

kmo429
05-16-2011, 07:30 PM
^ I wouldn't... Not the time. YEah that'd be insane. But that would be giving 7+ mil a year (yes, it will cost that much for him to come HERE) for 5+ years. Ill pass on the 31 year old Richards.

tsunami
05-16-2011, 07:50 PM
^i think they need a veteran leader on the team.
plus...
moulson-tavares-nino
grabner-richards-okposo
comeau-nielsen-parenteau
martin-bailey-hunter
...looks pretty good.

tsunami
05-16-2011, 07:53 PM
...also i think the islanders will overpay someone this summer just to get them here in time for the vote.

kmo429
05-16-2011, 07:54 PM
What happens when we need to extend some guys and we have to pull a Blackhawks cause we have a 36 year old 50 point C making 7.5 mil? Yeah. Wed make the playoffs next year, but no quick fixes. We add someone dramatic, it has to be someone young, it has to be someone who will be part fot he core, not lead the core. We need another frnachise player, not anothefr leader.

Just my opinion. If we ended up with Richards (It is not going to happen) I probably wouldnt be pissed abotu it, id prob do a flip

tsunami
05-16-2011, 08:00 PM
^we could sign him 2x for 7 million and still be under the cap next year. in the next 5 years i don't think it would be an issue if the isles wanted to resign players and stay under the cap. idk i'm just picturing all the assists he'd rack up here.

kmo429
05-16-2011, 08:04 PM
^I am as well, a ton. But does a 31 year old who has had a couple injury issues in the last 4-5 years really want 2 year deal no matter what the financial aid is?

tsunami
05-16-2011, 08:08 PM
^no i didn't mean 2 years at 7 million. i meant we could sign him twice to 7 million a year deals (insert number of years here) and still be under the cap.

i'm not worried about overspending for someone that's going to help next season (and the young players grow). we're so far below the cap i don't think we'd have a problem resigning our young stars when the time comes.

BrianWestKins
05-16-2011, 08:14 PM
Doughtyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

I love Richards but I feel we could get a second line center *cough* Couturier *cough* in the draft instead. We need a stud d-man.

tsunami
05-16-2011, 08:18 PM
^lidstrom :D

beltran15mets
05-16-2011, 09:15 PM
^or we trade up in the draft for a guy who people are saying could be the next lidstrom

kmo429
05-16-2011, 09:42 PM
We don't need to move up to get Larsson and theres a reason. He's disappointed. He's no better than Victor Hedman was at the same time in the same league, he's only smaller. And Hedman is no Lidstrom

Stat&Meloallday
05-17-2011, 01:41 AM
draft courtier and sign/trade for a BIG D-man that can be a number 1 for us.....that is the way to go.

Stat&Meloallday
05-17-2011, 12:23 PM
O and by whatever means get DP off the team next season or strictly the backup to montaya...to play like 20 games a season, if that lol......let poulin develope for a full year in the minors next season and if he does well buy DP out and go with Poulin and Montaya...

kmo429
05-17-2011, 04:22 PM
I dont gett he Couturier love. He's tall, that doesnt mean hes very strong though. He's been unimpressive in a very high scoring league where everyone thought he'd reakout but he ihasnt. He didnt do any better this year than last. he has the hgihest bust potential of any of these 5-10 spec worth considering

beltran15mets
05-17-2011, 07:26 PM
he was projected to be the number 1 pick but struggled this year so he could potentially be a bust or he could potentially be the best player in the draft... i wouldnt mind couturier, i just dont want dougie hamilton. i dont like his play much

jgthegame1982
05-19-2011, 10:20 AM
Not sure where to put this,, but

what is the status of JT's contract? free agent in 1 yr? can we sign him long term NOW!! lol

then really only Kyle and Josh need to be signed and the young guns are set..
I would take richards but dont want to over-pay for him (we have DP enough said lol for over-spending)
and a big defensement would be nice!

beltran15mets
05-19-2011, 04:41 PM
^comeau and nielsen need to geet locked up also

beltran15mets
05-19-2011, 04:53 PM
Ever since being selected by the Islanders in the third round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Kirill Kabanov has been one player that the New York media have flocked towards. That’s largely due to his expressive personality, but also because of a handful of difficult circumstances that the 18-year-old seemed to find himself in while adjusting to life as a professional hockey player.

He’s been unequivocally passionate and loud when speaking with the media, placing his heart in his convictions ever since his very first mini-camp. On one end of the spectrum he was thought of as a rambunctious teenager, but on the other hand, he had all the makings of a vocal leader, not to mention a top six NHL forward.


Islanders prospect Kirill Kabanov, a forward for the Lewiston MAINEiacs of the QMJHL, lays a check against a player on the Saint John Sea Dogs during their Conference Semifinal playoff series on April 27, 2011.
According to Jean-Francois Houle, Kabanov’s coach with the Lewiston MAINEiacs, the Moscow, Russia native made major strides both on the ice and in the locker room this past season.

“Everyone knows that Kirill can be charismatic, but the guys respected him and accepted him for who he is,” Houle said. “He was outspoken in the locker room. He tried to be a little bit of a leader and when he was playing well, he tried to step up. I was really pleased to see that the guys accepted him into the locker room and it showed in his game. That’s probably one of the reasons he played so well, because he felt comfortable.”

Finding his footing wasn’t easy, as Kabanov began the 2010-11 season with the Moncton Wildcats before he was traded to the MAINEiacs after just two regular season games. At first, his ice time was limited and his use on the power play rare, but as the third rounder developed more confidence and chemistry with his teammates, Houle began expanding Kabanov’s role.

“When he came here, he was working hard, but nothing was really happening,” Houle said. “I think because he had a late start and didn’t get many games under his belt at the beginning of the year it kind of hurt him. Towards the end, once he started playing a lot and got to know his teammates, he turned it on and was a different player.”

Kabanov’s regular season stats compared to his teammates fell somewhere in the middle of the pack. But Kabanov really didn’t begin to flourish until after the New Year. The left winger put up eight of his 11 goals and 13 of his 17 assists after January 1.

“He is very good offensively and he’s a playmaker,” Houle said. “He sees the ice well and any time he gets the puck, something happens. He’s very dangerous out there. It’s tough for a team to cover him because he’s kind of sneaky. He’s quick, he gets around you and then he has the good hands to go with that. For an opponent, that’s really tough.”

As Lewiston raced into the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoffs, Kabanov stayed hot. The MAINEiacs defeated Kabanov’s former team (the Moncton Wildcats) and the Montreal Juniors before pushing on to the playoff semifinals, where they fell to the eventual 2011 President Cup Champions, the Saint John Sea Dogs.


Houle was just one of many who took notice.

“Towards the end of the year and the playoffs, he was outstanding,” Houle said. “His hands were on par with his quickness and his vision was unbelievable. I thought he was honestly the best player on our team and probably one of the best players in the league during playoffs. He was making plays and getting a lot of ice time. I really think he’s improving a lot.”

From rambunctious teenager to on-ice leader, Kabanov made giant strides this past season

Kabanov in the Community
Not only did Kabanov's game improve, but he was named one of three finalists for the QMJHL’s Humanitarian Player of the Year due to his contributions to the Lewiston/Auburn community.

“He was outstanding for us in the community,” Houle said. “He was going to schools and reading books to kids. He would serve food to people in the community that needed help and he skated with kids. It was unbelievable the amount of fan mail that he would get thanking him. He’s a very charismatic person and he relates well with kids. It was nice that Kirill had a positive influence on our community. I think that’s very important for us.”
But that eventual defeat wouldn’t taint Kabanov’s breakout season. He shattered career records in every regular season and playoff category. His postseason numbers placed him second on the team in goals (8) and third on the team in assists (12), while he was tied for first on the team in points (20) and +/- rating with a +7.

http://islanders.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=563026&navid=DL|NYI|home
Cant wait for this kid

beltran15mets
05-27-2011, 07:03 PM
The New York Islanders have agreed to terms with goaltender Anders Nilsson on a three-year entry-level contract.

The Lulea, Sweden native played a total of 60 games over the last four seasons in the Swedish Elite League with Lulea HF. Last year, the 6’5”, 220 lb. net-minder had his best season, posting a .918 save percentage and a 1.92 goals against average in 31 games.

Nilsson, the Islanders third round selection (62nd overall) in the 2009 National Hockey League Entry Draft, represented Team Sweden at the World Junior Championships in 2009 winning bronze. He also was a member of Team Sweden’s silver medal winning club at the 2011 World Championships in Slovakia.
http://islanders.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=563998&navid=DL|NYI|home

kmo429
05-27-2011, 08:13 PM
Good new. We have great depth at the goalie position. We have an asset in Nabby, damaged goods (is the damage fixable? Maybe), and then 4 very good young goalies. if just one of those 4 reaches their potential, we're set in net for 10+ years.

tsunami
05-30-2011, 07:04 PM
Casey Cizikas needs to be signed by the end of tomorrow, June 1, and that’s exactly what will happen. Multiple sources confirm that the Team Canada workhorse and captain of OHL and Memorial Cup finalist Mississauga/St. Michael’s will be signed by the Islanders to his three-year Entry Level contract in the next 24-36 hours. The happy offseason continues for the NYI, who have another one of their top ten prospects in the fold.islanderspointblank

kmo429
05-30-2011, 08:42 PM
already an exciting offseason

beltran15mets
05-30-2011, 10:12 PM
amazing offseason so far. we are really pushing for a yes vote. cant wait to see what we do on draft day/free agency

Stat&Meloallday
05-31-2011, 12:28 PM
need that vote to get passed and then the ski is the limit for this team.

beltran15mets
06-07-2011, 09:57 PM
Meanwhile, the other Natural Born Kirill in the Islanders prospect pipeline, Kirill Petrov looks to spend his fourth (and hopefully final) season in the KHL back where he started.



He's going back to Ak Bars Kazan, the team that loaned/traded/shipped/stored him with Ugra this past season where he presumably received more playing time thatn he would have with Kazan.

One reading is that Petrov will be ready for a bigger role and actual ice time on Kazan, one of those big KHL clubs you hear about that relies on veterans. Another reading is that Petrov will be in the same dogfight for ice time again. If the latter happens, could that lead to a mid-season parting of ways? You never know with the KHL. Don't get your hopes up though; Chris Botta's source says Petrov's even questionable for prospect camp this summer.

As has been the case all along, Petrov remains a slow cooker. We'll all just have to wait. If and when he becomes available to the Islanders after this season, he will still be subject to the Entry Level System for his contract.


http://www.lighthousehockey.com/2011/6/3/2205321/transactions-kirills-on-the-move

kmo429
06-07-2011, 10:03 PM
I dont think hell ever bena impact NHLer anyway but this is okay, hell be on our stacked Bridgeport team in 2012

tsunami
06-07-2011, 11:21 PM
^it think it's still to early to say what he will or wont do especially with him not playing in north america. he's only 21, i don't think we should be giving up on him just yet.

beltran15mets
07-16-2011, 05:12 PM
for the blue and white scrimage tonight my bet is on the blue team. They have a line of Kabanov-Strome-Nino

kmo429
07-16-2011, 05:49 PM
^Agreed, imma be there. Sad that only 1 of the 4 goalies playong a i give a **** about (Anders Nilsson)

BranWingss
07-16-2011, 05:57 PM
Anyone think Justin DiBenedetto or Mark Katic can somehow crack the team next season?

beltran15mets
07-16-2011, 06:45 PM
live stream is very good if you guys want to see it

beltran15mets
07-16-2011, 09:28 PM
kabanov, strome, nino <3

kmo429
07-16-2011, 11:11 PM
Anyone think Justin DiBenedetto or Mark Katic can somehow crack the team next season?

Mark Katic was impressive in a handful of games last season, I'd like for him to get a fair shot. He'll be one of the first callups if he cant make the team as a 7th dman. As for Dibo, he was pretty unimpressive from what I saw last eyar but he is one of those players who has a way of doing things unnoticibly, I think in the future he'll be an effective bottom 6 forward.

The scrimmage and skills contestw as fun, I didnt know Donovan could shoot so hard! lol

I got a bunch of autogtraphs after too on my hat!

Cool ones:

Kirill Kabanov
Casey Cizikas
Calvin de Haan
Scott Mayfield
Mark Katic
Robbie Russo
Justin DiBenedetto
Brock Nelson
Aaron Ness
Matt Donovan
Andrey Pedan

Who gives a **** ones:

Tyler McNeely
Max LeSieur
Benn Olson
Bennett Schneider
Chris Rawlings
Stephen Alonge
Dan O'Donoghue
Art Bidlevski
Mike Marcou

BranWingss
07-17-2011, 12:47 AM
Dibbs has some serious speed, and is a nice two-way player. I really hope he plays in more games this season, and can get a hang of the NHL game. Kulikov's going to be the AHL, correct?

kmo429
07-17-2011, 01:03 PM
Dibbs has some serious speed, and is a nice two-way player. I really hope he plays in more games this season, and can get a hang of the NHL game. Kulikov's going to be the AHL, correct?

Nah he's gonna be on the Panthers :P

lol If you mean kabanov... Nah, he's to young, just turned 19 yesterday. He'll play another year in juniors and play 9 games in the NHL most likely

BranWingss
07-17-2011, 05:10 PM
Nah he's gonna be on the Panthers :P

lol If you mean kabanov... Nah, he's to young, just turned 19 yesterday. He'll play another year in juniors and play 9 games in the NHL most likely

Aha, yes I meant Kabanov, and I meant the NHL, not the AHL. Lol. I seen something the other day saying Kabanov could be up all year with the Isles depending on his pre-season. I seen some of the things from his twitter and he sounds rather excited.

beltran15mets
07-17-2011, 11:08 PM
i love kabanov but i would send him back to juniors so he can muscle up some more and get over 200. than next year we have a line of strome, nino, kabanov

kmo429
07-18-2011, 12:36 AM
Id say Kabanov or Nino will be up all year. It's pone or the other. I think Nino ha s amuch bette rshot at showing up in the preseason and has a better shot at being an impact rookie, thus I think Nino will get the nod and Kabanov will have pretty much no shot and will play another year in juniors

glorydays22
07-18-2011, 11:56 PM
Saw the blue/white game. Kabanov definitely needs to go back to minors and put on some muscle

kmo429
08-08-2011, 07:09 PM
Scott Mayfield had 2 assists for #USA Team Blue today as they beat #SWE 4-3 in OT. Johan Sundstrom had 1 goal and 2 assists for #SWE. #Isles


NYislanders.

Sounds good, these guys are a long ways away still but its fun to see prospects grow and I think these 2 especialy will be fun to watch in the next 2 WJC's. Cant wait for the WJC already.

beltran15mets
08-08-2011, 08:13 PM
^mayfield is a beast and might be here sooner than you think

kmo429
08-08-2011, 08:44 PM
I think we should let him play at least 2 seasons at Denver. We have solid D prospects waiting in the wings, there's no reason not to develop him right. In additiong to Amac and Hamonic, we have Donovan, Katic, Wishart, Ness, and De Haan who are or within a year of being NHL ready. We also have a lot of other good Dmen we drafted this year, Pedan, Kichton, and Russo. Thats a ton of depth and a ton of talent, we have leverage and flexibility, so we have no reason or need to rush Mayfield.

He's one of those guys who can be a top pairing defenseman if he reaches his potential, we dont have many of those. We shouldnt mess up, we need to give him the best chance he can get to become that top pair physical 2 way defenseman.

beltran15mets
08-08-2011, 08:49 PM
I think that next year he will be like de haan is right now

kmo429
09-06-2011, 08:05 PM
1. (1) Nino Niederreiter, LW, 8.0C
Drafted 1st round, 5th overall, 2010

There was a lot of buzz surrounding Niederreiter's debut to start last season and although his stint with the Isles was brief, it gave fans a taste of what they can expect from the Swiss star this year. Once returning to his junior team in Portland, Niederreiter was dominant. In 55 games he scored an astounding 41 goals and totaled 70 points, forming an unstoppable duo with fellow top prospect Ryan Johansen (CBJ).

The nine games in which the 19-year-old played with the Islanders was an excellent learning curve. Even though he already possessed the physical stature to withstand the pounding of the NHL, he wasn't quite able to adjust to the mental side of the game in terms of positioning and two-way play. El Nino will go into training camp with more composure and a better understanding of what to expect in all facets of the game, and it should help him as he fights for a spot on the roster on a full-time basis.


2. (NR) Ryan Strome, C, 8.0C
Drafted 1st round, 5th overall, 2011

As the Islanders first-round, fifth-overall selection, Strome is in the exact spot that Niederreiter was a year ago. Like all high draft-picks he will have to deal with the pressure and lofty expectations of making the jump from junior to the NHL at just 18 years old. These expectations will be something new for Strome as he was completely off the radar in NHL circles following a 27 point campaign in his rookie season in the OHL. The Mississauga, Ontario native then took the league by storm racking up 106 points for a remarkable 79 point jump from his rookie total.

A slick offensive center who possesses an instinctively gifted skill-set, Strome has excellent hand-skills and a bag full of tricks with the puck on his stick. He has the ability to protect the puck in traffic and is also a very good passer with a playmaker's vision.

Expected to return to junior, Strome will have a strong chance at the OHL scoring title and also figures to play for team Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championships; something that will further prepare him for NHL duty in the very near future.


3. (2) Travis Hamonic, D, 7.5B
Drafted 2nd round, 53rd overall, 2008

Hamonic played in 62 games for the Islanders as a 20-year-old rookie but his performance was anything but that of a first year player. While he was known to have some offensive ability, Hamonic wasn't exactly expected to be much of a contributor in terms of point production but the young rearguard surprised everyone by racking up five goals and 21 assists for a 26 point total which ranked second on the team among defensemen scoring.

Required to step up due to the injury of all-star Mark Streit, Hamonic was the Islanders most consistent defenseman at both ends of the ice throughout the 62 games he played. In addition to his scoring prowess he was a rugged and nasty player to play against, leading club blueliners in penalty minutes but also maintaining a strong plus-four rating.

There is little doubt that Hamonic is now on his way to a long career as an NHL defenseman. He enjoys the physical aspect of the game and has the potential to be an elite shut-down defender but he also has the ability to move the puck efficiently as well as being a weapon on the power-play. For all of the young talent the Islanders are starting to build up front, the back-end is starting to round out as well, thanks in part to this talented player.


4. (3) Calvin de Haan, D, 7.0C
Drafted 1st round, 12th overall, 2009

A teammate of Hamonic's at the 2010 World Juniors, De Haan is another defenseman who was a star in junior. Through three seasons with the Oshawa Generals, de Haan ranked as one of the top offensive-defenseman in the OHL. An excellent puck-mover and fluid skater, the 20-year-old plays a similar game to that of another youngster, Alex Pietrangelo of the St. Louis Blues. Like Pietrangelo, he controls the game from the back-end with his ability to lug the puck and distribute it efficiently. Although he plays a quiet game and doesn't appear to be a rah-rah type of player, de Haan leads through his play and was a two-year captain of the Generals.

With a very young group of defensemen vying for spots with New York this season, de Haan certainly has a chance to be on the opening night roster. His offensive ability and strong puck skills would be a welcomed addition to a young blue line.


5. (8) Brock Nelson, C 7.0C
Drafted 1st round, 30th overall, 2010

A first-round pick from the 2010 draft, Nelson is coming off a good freshman season at the University of North Dakota. The lanky center put up 21 points in 42 games taking a backseat to a handful of the team's more experienced star players. At 6'3, Nelson has the size and speed of a prototypical two-way center. He put on 12 pounds in the off-season giving him more power in his stride, helping him become a stand-out player at the Islanders prospect-camp this past July.

Still just 19 years of age, Nelson will head back to North Dakota where he will carry an added responsibility of being one of the top guns for a team that should once again challenge for a national championship.


6. (6) Matt Donovan, D, 7.0C
Drafted 4th round, 96th overall, 2008

Donovan enters his first-pro season right on the heels of Calvin de Haan as one of the organizations most NHL-ready defenseman. After starring for two years at the University of Denver and capturing a gold medal with team USA at the 2010 WJHC, Donovan is on his way to becoming a good offensive-defenseman in the pros.

Following the completion of his sophomore season at Denver, the 21-year-old was immediately signed to a professional contract and played six games with the AHL affiliate Bridgeport Sound Tigers. In didn't take long for the young blueliner to get accustomed to things as he scored a goal and dished out four assists in the six game stint.

With his ability to create offense on the back-end, it is a possibility that Donovan could see some games with the Isles this season but most of his year will likely be spent in Bridgeport where he will be a part of what should be a solid defensive core.


7. (11) Kevin Poulin, G, 7.0C
Drafted 5th round, 126th overall, 2008

Not much was expected from Poulin entering his first pro season but after an impressive start in the AHL, the 2008 fifth-round pick made his way to the big club and continued his surprising play. The 21-year-old was one of six different net-minders to appear in the Islanders goaltending carousel and in 10 appearances he compiled a 4-2-1 record with a 2.44 goals against average and a .920 save percentage.

Poulin's stellar performance in both the AHL and NHL have put the Montreal native in a good position to grab one of the Isles two goaltending spots. He will likely have to beat out Al Montoya for the backup duties to Rick Dipietro, but with Dipietro seemingly always on the shelf with injuries, there should be plenty of starts to go around.


8. (NR) Scott Mayfield, D, 7.0C
Drafted 2nd round, 34th overall, 2011

An impressive combination of size, skill and toughness, Mayfield was the Islanders second-round pick in 2011. Playing with the Youngstown Phantoms in the USHL, Mayfield was an often dominating force, owning the blue line with his speed and strength. His play one-on-one and puck distribution skills are also strong.

The 18-year-old Mayfield plays the game with poise and intelligence of a much older player. While his strong point is certainly his defensive play, he also possesses some developing offensive skills and is already a very good skater for his size. Committed to play at the University of Denver, Mayfield is in excellent hands as the Pioneers continue to be one of the NCAA's elite hockey programs.


9. (15) Kirill Kabanov, RW, 7.0C
Drafted 3rd round, 65th overall, 2010

Kabanov's skill and ability is something that has never been questioned, but it is his off-ice issues and mentality that has raised red flags. Blessed with tremendous speed and a dynamic puck-handling ability, Kabanov plays the game with tons of energy and is one of those players who you can tell just loves to play the game. But that extremely engaging personality has got him into trouble through two seasons in the QMJHL. The 19-year-old had to be disciplined several times for showing up late to meetings and practices, and his decision to get a tattoo on his neck was another eyebrow raiser.

On the ice however, the talented Russian is an elite-level talent. In 37 games last year with Lewiston he registered 28 points and then led the club with 20 points in 15 playoff games. At 180 pounds, the 19-year-old still could use some strength to go with his 6'3 frame and he also needs to work on his play without the puck, but what the Islanders really want to see is Kabanov become more mature both on and off the ice as he enters his third season in North America.


10. (7) Anders Lee, C, 7.0C
Drafted 6th round, 152nd overall, 2009

A big-body center with impressive physical gifts, Lee is coming off his freshman year at Notre Dame. The Edina, Minnesota native ranked as one of the best first-year players in the country scoring a team-best 24 goals and totaling 42 points. He finished first in goals among freshmen, was second behind Denver's Jason Zucker in points, and was named a CCHA second-team all-star capping off an outstanding season with the Fighting Irish.

A sixth-round pick who was passed over in his first year of draft eligibility, Lee has quickly turned into one of the best steals of the 2009 draft. The 21-year-old is a unique blend of strength, athleticism and natural ability; and with the way he dominated in his first year of college hockey, it isn't foolish to think that he has the potential to become a top two-line player in the NHL.


11. (13) Anders Nilsson 7.0C
Drafted 3rd round, 62nd overall, 2009

At 6'5 and 220 pounds Nilsson is an enormous figure between the pipes. The 21-year-old Swede is coming off a season in which he was dominant for Lulea in the SEL; in the process becoming one of his countries top goaltending prospects. Nilsson led the league with a dazzling 1.92 goals against average using his size and strong technical play to make it near impossible to get a puck past him.

The big man is right there with Kevin Poulin as the organizations top goaltending prospect and is expected to begin his career in North America this upcoming season. Although he figures to start the season in Bridgeport, Nilsson has a chance to see some starting duties with the Islanders as their goaltending situation continues to be ever-changing.


12. (9) Rhett Rakhshani 7.0D
Drafted 4th round, 60tth overall, 2006

Rhakshani is coming an impressive season as a first-year pro where he led Bridgeport in every major offensive category. The former University of Denver stand-out totaled 62 points in 66 games and finished tied for first in points among AHL rookies with Buffalo Sabres prospect Luke Adam. His strong play earned him a call-up to the Island where he played in his first two NHL games.

The 23-year-old is a diminutive winger who plays with a lot of speed. Despite his small stature Rakhshani is able to survive on the wing due to his quickness and ability to read the play. He is dangerous as a transition player because of his good vision which allows him to move the puck and then join the rush very quickly.

Depending on what GM Garth Snow and Head Coach Jack Capuano are looking for out of their forward lines, Rakhshani has a chance to be on the Isles opening night roster. His performance at training camp will decide whether or not he starts the year with the big club or returns to Bridgeport for another stint in the minors.


13. (5) Ty Wishart 6.5C
Acquired in trade with Tampa, 2011

Drafted by the San Jose Sharks in 2006, Wishart is already with his third NHL organization. Acquired through a mid-season trade with the Lightning, the 23-year-old played in 20 games with Bridgeport and then another 20 games with the Islanders. With New York he utilized his massive 6'5, 225 pound frame to play a solid defensive game and was also able to chip in five points. Although his defensive game is his strong point, Wishart also has some offensive ability with a heavy shot on top of being a mobile skater and a good puck mover.


14. (10) Casey Cizikas 6.5C
Drafted 4th round, 92nd overall, 2009

Cizikas is coming off a very busy year that saw him play in a gold medal game at the WJC as well as captaining his Mississauga-St. Michael's Majors all the way to the Memorial Cup finals. The Toronto native was one of Canada's biggest heart and soul players throughout the World Junior's and again an emotional leader throughout the Majors playoff run. A very smart two-way hockey player, Cizikas is effective as a fore-checker and is responsible defensively.

While his offensive skills might be limited at the NHL level, the 20-year-old has the smarts to make up for it and projects as a future third-line center. He will test those abilities as he enters his first pro season set to begin in Bridgeport.


15. (4) Kirill Petrov 7.0D
Drafted 3rd round, 73rd overall, 2008

Based on talent and skill alone Petrov is one of the Islanders most exciting prospects, but his ongoing contract dispute continues to delay his North American development. The 21-year-old forward had planned on coming over to Long Island for the upcoming season but his KHL team in Kazan decided to keep him under contract, forcing the young Russian to wait at least another year before is able to sign with the Islanders.

With loads of skill and speed to go along with his 6'3, 200 pound frame, Petrov can be a dominating force on the wing. With size, speed and skill, Petrov possesses the total package of an elite offensive player but there are still some areas of his game that need improvement. Defensive awareness as well as playing more of a team game are two areas that need polishing and while there is nothing wrong with a young player playing in the KHL, the Islanders will most certainly want to see him up close and personal before it is too late.


17. (17) Corey Trivino 7.0D
Drafted 2nd round, 36th overall, 2008

A second-round pick in 2008, Trivino continues to make progress as a playmaking center at Boston University. In his junior season Trivino established career highs in every offensive category finishing third on the Terriers in scoring with 28 points in 37 games. The 21-year-old improved greatly on his first two collegiate seasons which were highly criticized due to the fact that he was drafted so highly.

As mentioned, Trivino possesses natural playmaking ability. He sees the ice extremely well and plays the game with a high intelligence. Although he doesn't have top-end speed, Trivino's east-west style and his craftiness with the puck make him tough to defend. Continued strength gains and a better willingness to battle for the puck will go along way in determining whether or not he can be a point producer at the pro level.


18. (NR) Justin DiBenedetto 6.5C
Drafted 6th round, 175th overall, 2008

A scoring star in junior, DiBenedetto showed some of that promise in 2010 as he finished second in goals for Bridgeport with 19 tallies. His offensive prowess didn't go unnoticed and he was called up for eight regular season games with the Islanders. The recently turned 23-year-old is a good all-around player with skill and a hard working quality to his game. He is very quick on the forecheck and is dangerous as both a set-up man and as a threat to score.

DiBenedetto has a chance to be on the Isles opening night roster as a third or fourth line winger but it is more likely that he will again start the season in the AHlL. Regardless of where his season starts, he should see some time with the big club throughout the season.


16. (NR) Johan Sundstrom 6.5C
Drafted 2nd round, 50th overall, 2011

A second-round pick in 2011, Sundstrom is a two-way center who plays with a disciplined approach possessing the ability to be an effective player at both ends of the ice and in many different situations. A member of Sweden's World Junior team last year, the 18-year-old spent the 2010-2011 season split between Frolunda's junior team and their top team in the SEL. In the junior ranks he was a dominant player amassing 18 goals and 16 assists in 22 total games.

Sundstrom will return to Frolunda where he will look to use his 40 games of SEL experience to his advantage as he should be see him ice-time increased. The young Swede projects as a second or third line center as a pro but his versatility as a two-way player also could see him line up as a winger.


19. (16) David Ullstrom 6.5C
Drafted 4th round, 102nd overall, 2008

A big rangy center, Ullstrom is coming off an excellent debut as a pro in North America. Making the jump from the SEL, Ullstrom finished fourth on the Sound Tigers in both goals with 17 and points with 41. The 22-year-old uses his size to his advantage as a dangerous player with the puck. He is a good skater, stick-handles smoothly and has the finishing ability of a natural goal scorer, but to get to the next level Ullstrom will need to become more of a complete player. If he can improve on his defensive awareness and consistency the big Swede could be an NHL player, but for now he will have to continue to develop in the AHL.


20. (NR) Anton Klementyev 6.0C
Drafted 5th round, 122nd overall, 2009

Klementyev continues to progress as a reliable defensive defenseman who can be counted on to take care of his own end and play a safe puck-moving game. The study Russian played last season with Bridgeport performing as one of the club's most consistent blue-liners and his solid play saw him get the call for his first NHL action. Although it was brief stint, the experience gave the 21-year-old a taste of the highest level of hockey and what he will need to do to get back.

While he certainly doesn't play a flashy, stand out game, Klementyev contributes through his hard-nosed style and physical play. He will begin the season in the AHL but the possibility of him seeing some time with the Isles remains open.


New prospect rankings are out. I will follow this with my analysis

kmo429
09-06-2011, 08:19 PM
Notable Changes:

Nino Niederreiter went from a 7.5C to an 8.0C
Travis Hamonic went from a 7.5C to a 7.5B
Calvin De Haan went from a 7.5D to a 7.0C
Matt Donovan, Kevin Poulin, Anders Nilsson, and Kirill Kabanov all went from 7.0D's to 7.0C's.
Casey Cizikas and Ty Wishart went from 7.0C's to 6.5C's.

The number in the parentheses shows what rankt hey were halfway through last season I believe.

Some people who have fallen far include Koskinen, Petrov, and Wishart.

Also some surprises for me. im surprised Klementyev made the list over Pedan. I'm surprised Sundstrom is so low (I think he has a chance to be like Anders Lee as far as rankings go, he's gonna fly up the rankings imo). Also Surprised Dibo and Trivino are sticking around. Don't see them ever beeing more than 4th line NHLers, would have put Ness, Kichton, or Persson in there,


Id liek you guys to respond and tell me if you think we should do a top 20 vote for our forum. Sure well only get 6-10 votes for each (if we have full participation) but i think it would be interesting.

BrianWestKins
09-08-2011, 04:38 PM
^Just saw this now but I like the idea. I'd do it if other people will

And as for the actual rankings the Russians are way too low. Kabanov is def one of our top 5 prospects