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FUTURE WATCH: Robin Figren

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders
2006 Third Round Draft Pick

You will not find a player at the Islanders training camp with a bigger smile on his face than Robin Figren. The Swedish native stands at only 5'10," but in today's new NHL skill, vision and scoring touch are important qualities and Figren has all of them.

At the Islanders development camp this summer Figren looked more than capable of holding his own, chipping in on the scoresheet during their scrimmages. Despite only being 18, Figren held his own against the veterans up in Yarmouth. At training camp Figren has once again showed his skill by displaying some masterful hands while bearing down on a penalty shot. Known for his hard work, Figren does not shy away from the physical play.

Figren, the Islanders' 2006 third round pick has spent the last three years playing at the Junior level in Sweden, appearing in two Elite League games last season. Following the Islanders training camp, Figren will travel to Calgary to play with the Hitmen of the WHL in order to get a better feel for the North American style of play. While at training camp Figren discussed the following topics.

On learning hockey:
"My dad and older brother both play hockey. My dad loves hockey and he taught me to love it as well. I would skate outside my house with my brother and friends on a soccer field at an early age. My parents told me I was skating by the age of two, but I don't remember. "

On discovering the NHL:
"I started collecting hockey cards at five years old and that's when I first learned about the NHL. I collected a lot of Wayne Gretzky cards and of course the Swedes: Peter Forsberg and Nicklas Lidstrom. I remember having three Gretzky cards that I loved so much."

On watching Sweden win the 1994 Olympics in ice hockey:
"When Sweden won in 1994 my mom had to wake me up to watch it. I remember when Forsberg made the winning goal and Tommy Salo making the save on the penalty shots. It was really exciting."

On his 2006 draft day:
"For this year's NHL draft I was in my own apartment in Sweden. I was there with my girlfriend. It was around three or four in the morning when my name was called. I had been watching the computer the whole night. For one second when I went to the kitchen to get something, I got drafted, so I found out when my mom called me. I just got so happy and everyone around me was happy. It felt so good to see my name on the computer screen."

On his Islanders development camp experience:
"The Islanders development camp was so cool. When I went in, saw all the lockers and what it's like to play in the NHL. You don't have to carry your own bags and stuff like that. It made me think I want to be there some day. I liked the social stuff like taking the boat around Manhattan, the paintball and we played golf. I was pretty nervous when I got there because I didn't know what to expect. But everyone there was so nice. They all took care of me. I realized I didn't have to be nervous after all. The hockey at development camp was so much faster because the rinks are smaller. All the players are so good. I thought it was more fun."

On his Islanders training camp experience:
"Since I know I'm playing in the WHL next year, I feel like I'm here to see and learn. I tried to catch up on everything. Of course I want to make the team, but not this year."

On watching Sweden take double gold in 2006
"I went to my friend's house to watch Sweden win. I was so nervous in the last few seconds. Sweden's not a big country so it was a good thing to win both the Olympics and the World Championship."

The Figren File

What do you like best about Yarmouth, Nova Scotia? The people
Favorite Swedish Team Growing Up: AIK
Favorite Swedish Hockey Player: Peter Forsberg
Favorite Superpower: Invisibility
Do you like the shootout? Yes
Favorite Arena: Zinkeu (in Sweden)
Favorite movie: Young Blood
Favorite TV show: Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Favorite non-North American City: Paris
Curling, Luge or Skiing? Skiing
Favorite sport other than hockey: Soccer
Alternate Career: Soccer player
Family Guy or Entourage: Family Guy

Position: Wing
Born: March 7, 1988 -- Stockholm, Sweden
Height: 5'11" Weight: 176 lbs Shoots: Right                                         
Selected by the Islanders in the third round (70th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft

TeamLeagueSeason Regular Season Playoffs
Hammarby IFJ18 Allsvenskan03/04 115510-322       
Vastra Frolunda HC IndiansJ18 Allsvenskan04/05 1213821+1794 7448+410
Vastra Frolunda HC IndiansJ20 Superelit (SWE)04/05 4123+30       
Vastra Frolunda HC IndiansJ18 Allsvenskan05/06 1101-12 220200
Vastra Frolunda HC IndiansJ20 Superelit (SWE)05/06 38101828+1672 7426+66
Vastra Frolunda HC IndiansElitserien05/06 200000       
Vastra Frolunda HC IndiansEuropean Champions Cup05/06 200000       
Team SwedenWJC1806 6325-316       
Calgary HitmenWHL06/07              
Totals   76333568+29206 1610616+1016



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