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2008 NYI Rookie Camp

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

In just a couple of weeks, the Islanders will be heading north to New Brunswick, Canada, for Training Camp—kicking off the first extensive workouts for the team and prospects. But before Training Camp begins, there is still one final event so that the younger prospects to be evaluated.

Although most prospects will earn an invite to Canada, the 2008 Rookie Camp provides Islanders prospects one last chance to showcase their skills and possibly earn a plane ticket north.
More than 20 players will go through four days of workouts and practices, including Josh Bailey, the Islanders first pick from the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, and Travis Hamonic, a second round draft selection by the Islanders.
The camp will be held at Islanders Iceworks in Syosset from Monday, September 15th until Thursday, September 18th, and is open to the public. The Rookie Camp concludes with a scrimmage against the Boston Bruins rookies at the Sports Center in Shelton, Conn. at 1 p.m.

Monday: 11 am – 2 pm
Tuesday: 9 am – 12 pm
Wednesday: 9 am – 12 pm


Peter Mannino
Born- 2/17/1984
Height- 6'0"
Weight- 200
Mannino signed as a free agent this summer. Last season, He played in 40 games with Division I Denver, leading the team to a 25-14-1 record. Mannino recorded six shutouts, posted a .917 save percentage and had a 2.27 Goals Against Average, both of which were good for 20th overall in NCAA. He was one of only six goalies to record over 950 saves in D-1 and was named the 2007-08 Denver team MVP and “Star of the Year." Mannino also earned All-WCHA third-team honors and Lowes Senior CLASS Award first-team accolades, along with being named to the WCHA Final Five and Wells Fargo Denver Cup all-tournament teams.

Kevin Poulin
Born- 4/12/1990
Height- 6'2"
Weight- 210
The 2008 Prospects Camp was his first with the Islanders after being drafted in the fifth round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Poulin spent last season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with Victoriaville. He recorded a .887 save percentage and had a goals against average of 3.69 in 52 games. His record was 18-24-3.


Jamie Fraser
Born- 11/17/1985
Height- 6'1"
Weight- 200
Fraser spent his first full season with the Sound Tigers last year. In Bridgeport, he played in 70 games and was one of the leading scorers for the team among defensemen. He was first among defensemen in goals (11) and points (34) and second in assists (23). This is Fraser's third camp, after he won a spot on the team as a walk-on two years ago.
Travis Hamonic
Born- 8/16/1990
Height- 6'0"
Weight- 192
Hamonic was one of the Islanders' second-round draft selections in the 2008 Draft. He played last season with the Moose Jaw Warriors of the WHL, where he highlighted his talents as a true shutdown defenseman. In 61 games he was 5-17-22 with 101 penalty minutes. He also played on Team Canada's Gold Medal-winning Under-18 IHF World Championship team, on which he tallied two assists and was +4.
Jack Hillen
Born- 1/24/1986
Height- 5'11"
Weight- 195
Hillen was a late-season free-agent acquisition. He skated in the final two games of the season, both versus the Rangers, and recorded his first NHL point in the season finale with an assist. He was also +1.
Mark Katic
Born- 5/9/1989
Height- 5'11"
Katic was one of three Islanders prospects to play for the Sarnia Sting of the OHL last season. He played in 45 games with the Sting, recording five goals and 26 assists for 31 points. Each of those totals was good for second on the team amongst defensemen. He had a five-game point streak at one point, and continued to produce well in the playoffs, in which he contributed three assists in six games.

Dustin Kohn
Born- 7/30/1987
Height- 6'0"
Weight- 195
Kohn is returned to Islanders Prospects Camp for the fourth time. He spent his first complete season with Bridgeport last year, and in 62 games scored three goals and had nine assists for 12 points. Kohn was tied for third in goals and fourth in points among defensemen with the Sound Tigers. He also had 28 penalty minutes.

Simon Lacroix
Born- 5/29/1989
Height- 6'0"
Weight- 180
Lacroix spent the 2007-08 season playing in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with the Shawinigan Cataractes. He was first in every major statistical category on the team for defensemen, with five goals, 29 assists and 34 points. He also won player of the week honors from November 19-25. This will be Lacroix's second camp after being drafted by the Islanders last year.
Andrew MacDonald
Born- 10/7/1986
Height- 6'0"
Weight- 186
After joining the Sound Tigers late in the 2006-07 season, MacDonald spent another abbreviated season in Bridgeport last year. In 21 games, he had two goals and three assists for five points. He also spent time with the Utah Grizzlies, scoring one goal and eleven assists in 38 regular season games. In the playoffs, however, MacDonald turned it up a notch, netting three goals and nine assists in only 15 games. He played under Ted Nolan in 2005-06 with the Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL.

Jyri Niemi
Born- 6/15/1990
Height- 6'2"
Weight- 192
Niemi was drafted in the third round of this year's NHL Entry Draft. He finished first in goals (14) and third in assists (20) among WHL rookie defensemen last season. Additionally, he registered a 97 mph slap shot at the WHL skills competition prior to the draft. He also represented Saskatoon and the WHL at the 2008 CHL Top Prospects Game.

Jared Spurgeon
Height- 5'8"
Weight- 175
Drafted in the sixth round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Spurgeon spent the 2007-08 season in the WHL with Spokane. Spurgeon was 12th in the league in points (43), and in the top 20 in assists (31). Spurgeon had two three-assist games, and was +36 on the season.

Josh Bailey
Born- 10/2/1989
Height- 6'1"
Weight- 188
Position- Center

Bailey was the Islanders' first selection, taken ninth overall, at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. The center from the OHL had an all-star season last year with Windsor. He finished third in the league in assists (67) and tenth in points (96). He finished second in points among draft eligible players behind only Steven Stamkos. Bailey was an alternate captain on Windsor, tallied two goals at the 2008 CHL Top Prospects Game and closed the season with a nine-game point streak.

Sean Bentivoglio
Born- 10/16/1985
Height- 5'11"
Weight- 190
Position- Left Wing
Bentivoglio was signed by the Islanders just prior to his first Prospects Camp last season. This year, he spent the season with the Sound Tigers. In Bridgeport, Bentivoglio was tenth on the team in points (32) by way of nine goals and 23 assists in 68 games. He also tied his career-high for points in a game, with three.
Justin DiBenedetto
Born- 8/25/1988
Height- 5'11"
Weight- 194
Position- Right Wing/Center

The Sarnia forward was the 175th overall selection in this year's NHL Entry draft and played on a line with number one overall pick Steven Stamkos. DiBenedetto was the Sting's second leading scorer last year, with 39 goals, 54 assists and 93 points. He was 11th in the league in points, 15th in goals, and 13th in assists. He also had three hat tricks, including two that were back-to-back.

Jesse Joensuu
Born- 10/5/1987
Height- 6'4"
Weight- 235
Position- Wing
Joensuu started last year in Finland with Assat Pori. There, he led the team in every major offensive statistical category with 17 goals, 18 assists and 35 total points over 56 games. After signing with the Islanders, Joensuu made one appearance with Bridgeport.
Rob Hennigar
Born- 4/4/1983
Height- 5'11"
Weight- 174
Position- Center
Hennigar attended the University of New Brunswick in 2007-08. There, he won the Canadian Interuniversity Sport Men's Hockey Player of the Year as well as the Male Athlete of the Year Awards. Hennigar led New Brunswick Varsity Red all the way to the CIS finals, while posting a +27 with 15-43-58 points in 27 games. Additionally, he led the league in shorthanded goals, with four.

Matthew Martin
Born- 5/8/1989
Height- 6'2"
Weight- 192
Position- Left Wing
Martin was the 148th selection in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Last year, he was a teammate of Justin DiBenedetto and Mark Katic on the OHL's Sarnia Sting. Martin, along with DiBenedetto, played on a line with Steven Stamkpos. Martin ranked third on the Sting in goals (25) and finished with 38 points and was second on Sarnia with 155 penalty minutes. He was also 3-3-6 over nine games in the playoffs.

Vladimir Nikiforov
Born- 10/7/1987
Height- 5'8"
Weight- 170
Position- Right Wing
Nikiforov is a Long Island native invitee. Last season, he started the year with the OHL's Barrie Colts before being traded to Sarnia. Over the first 36 games of the season in Barrie, Nikiforov scored 21 goals and 32 assists for 53 points. Despite playing in just over half the season with Barrie, he was second on the team in goals, first in assists and second in points. With Sarnia, in 15 regular season games he had four goals and ten assists. He then added a goal and four assists in nine playoff games. On the year, he had a total of 17 multi-point games, including three four-point efforts.

Max Gratchev
Born- 9/26/1988
Height- 5'11"
Weight- 198
Position- Left Wing
Gratchev spent his fifth season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey league last year with Rimouski. He played in 39 games with the team and, despite limited playing time due to injury, was still in the top ten on the team in goals (9), assists (20) and pointes.

Micheal Haley
Born- 3/30/1986
Height- 5'11"
Weight- 198
Position- Right Wing
This year Haley played for both the Sound Tigers (AHL) and the Grizzlies (ECHL). In limited action in Bridgeport, Haley scored two goals and two assists while amassing 75 penalty minutes. With Utah, Haley was selected to the ECHL all-star team—but was unable to play after being summoned to Bridgeport. With Utah, he had 11 goals, eight goals and 19 assists over 28 games. He also had 115 penalty minutes.

Tyler Haskins
Born- 5/26/1986
Height- 6'0"
Weight- 186
Position- Center
Haskins split the past season between Bridgeport and Utah. In the AHL, he played in 25 games and had one goal and three assists. With the Grizzlies of the ECHL, Haskins was the team's fifth leading scorer (43 points), was third in assists (27) and tied for fifth in goals (16). In the playoffs, he led the Grizzlies in points, with 15 in 15 games. His six post-season goals were third on the team, and his nine assists second.

Tomas Marcinko
Born- 4/11/1988
Height- 6'42"
Weight- 187
Position- Center
Marcinko played on the OHL's Barrie Colts. With the Colts, he scored 19 goals and 26 assists for 45 points in 48 games. Those numbers were good enough to make him third on the team in goals and points, and second in assists. He also registered 54 penalty minutes. In the post-season, he scored four goals and three assists over the Colts' nine games. He was the team's leader in playoff goals and points, and was third in assists.

Joel Rechlicz
Born- 6/4/1987
Height- 6'5"
Weight- 240
Position- Right Wing
A true heavyweight, Rechlicz played 25 games with each the Kalamazoo Wings and the Albany River Rats. With Kalamazoo, he scored his lone goal of the year, his only point with the team. He also spent 100 minutes in the sin bin. With Albany, he added his only assist on the year, also his only point with that team. He served an additional 104 penalty minutes with the River Rats.

Trevor Smith
Born- 2/8/1985
Height- 6'1"
Weight- 190
Position- Left Wing
Smith played for Bridgeport and the Utah Grizzlies in 2007-08. He scored 20 goals and added 17 assists in 53 games with the Sound Tigers, including a hat trick, his first with the team, on April 11. In the month of February, he had 15 points over 13 games. In the ECHL Smith appeared in 22 games, scoring 11 times while recording 14 assists for 25 points in Utah.

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