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Islanders Prospect Report: April 19, 2021

Reece Newkirk stays hot, while playoffs are underway in the SHL and Liiga

by Erin Battaglia @NYIslanders / NewYorkIslanders.com

Welcome to the Islanders Prospect Report, a weekly roundup of the Islanders junior, collegiate and European prospects. Visit our In The System page for more prospect content. 

Here are this week's updates on the Islanders prospects:


NEWKIRK STAYS HOT

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Reece Newkirk bumped up his goal total for the Portland Winterhawks in the Western Hockey League (WHL) to seven as Portland earned a 3-1 win against the Seattle Thunderbirds on April 17. Newkirk posted a three-point performance (1G, 2A) during two games over the weekend, bringing his season total to 16 (7G, 9A). 

The Islanders 2019 fifth rounder's (147th overall) seventh goal of the season was scored on the power play, tying the game 1-1 during the second frame. Newkirk then assisted on the game-winner 12 seconds into the third, bringing his assists total up to nine. 

Newkirk has 16 points (7G, 9A) in 14 games played and is tied for first in points on the Winterhawks. The Moose Jaw, SK native is also ranked fourth in game-winning goals (GWG) in the WHL, while his team sits in second place in the league's Western Conference standings with a record of 6-5-3. 


SALO PICKS UP THREE ASSISTS IN TWO GAMES

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Robin Salo and the Örebro HK have secured their spot in the semifinals of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) Playoffs after a four-game sweep against Leksand IF. Salo dished out a primary assist within the first minute of play during their 2-1 victory on April 12th. 

A couple of days later, the Islanders' 2017 second rounder (46th overall) picked up his third and fourth assists during the team's quarterfinals series, both in the second period of the the eventual 7-1 victory for Orebro. In total, Salo has recorded four assists in as many games during the SHL Playoffs. 

Salo and Örebro (sixth seed) will go on to face the top-seeded Växjöy Lakers in the SHL semifinals starting on Thursday, April 22nd.


LIIGA PLAYOFFS BEGIN 

Over in Finland's top professional league, Liiga, the postseason is underway for Islanders prospects Ruslan Iskhakov and TPS and Matias Rajaniemi and Pelicans, who happen to be opponents in the first round. 

Iskhakov and TPS finished the regular season in third place in Liiga standings with a 27-14-18 record and thus, earned the third overall seed in Liiga Playoffs. Through 54 games, Iskhakov finsihed his first season in the league with 38 points (10G, 28A) through 54 games. 

Rajaniemi and Pelicans concluded the season in sixth place with a 25-21-12 record. Rajaniemi totaled nine points (3G, 6A) through 46 games. 

In Game 1 of the best-of-five quarerfinal series between Iskhakov and TPS and Rajaniemi and Pelicans on April 19, the Pelicans claimed a big 5-3 win. Iskhakov posted one assist in the game, while Rajaniemi was not in the lineup on the Pelicans' side. The series will wrap-up by April 25, at the latest. 


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