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Islanders Prospect Report: Jan. 11, 2020

Cockerill and Mirageas score first goals of the season and updates on start or resumption dates for various junior leagues

by Sasha Kandrach @KandrachSasha / 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:


COCKERILL OPENS UP SENIOR SEASON WITH TWO-GOAL WEEKEND

Tweet from @TerrierHockey: Friars came back by scoring on both penalties in a 5-on-3.But Coxy gets this pick-off and comes through on a shorthanded breakaway for a 4-2 lead!#GoBU pic.twitter.com/QYw2ctI1p5

Logan Cockerill scored two goals in his second game of his senior season in Boston University's opening series against Providence. Cockerill is serving as the captain in his final season with the Terriers.

The Islanders' 2017 seventh rounder (201st overall), lit the lamp with a shorthanded goal and also scored a buzzer beater with one second remaining in regulation to help power the Terriers to a 6-4 victory over Providence on Jan. 9. 

Boston University and Cockerill are ranked 11th in Hockey East, but due to COVID and having to reschedule multiple series' they have only played two games this season and have a 1-1-0 record. 


MIRAGEAS POSTS FOUR-POINT WEEKEND 

Tweet from @FriarsHockey: Clean faceoff win by O'Neill and Mirageas finds the back of the net for his first of the season! pic.twitter.com/JtMzPyxALY

Benjamin Mirageas totaled four-points in Providence College's weekend series against Boston University. 

Mirageas scored his first goal of the season and first strike on the power play in Providence's 7-3 rout over BU on Jan. 8. The following night on Jan. 9, the Islanders' 2017 third rounder (77th overall) dished out three helpers in Providence's 6-4 loss to BU. 

Through 10 games this season, Mirageas has totaled six points (1G, 5A). Providence and Mirageas are ranked fourth overall in Hockey East with a record of 4-4-2 and ranked 16th overall across the nation in the NCAA. 


GOLYSHEV SCORES 11TH GOAL OF THE SEASON

Tweet from @EPRinkside: Anatoli Golyshev (@NYIslanders) with another goal in KHL action yesterday.https://t.co/hoHCXkZoeU pic.twitter.com/OobHgom24k

Anatoly Golyshev scored his 11th goal of the season with Avtombolist in the KHL. Golyshev, the Islanders' 2016 fourth rounder (95th overall), scored an even-strength goal in Avtombolist's 3-2 loss to Barys on Jan. 8. 

On Jan. 10, Golyshev recorded his 14th assist in Avtombolist's 3-2 win over Jokerit. Through 37 games this season, the winger has posted 25 points (11G, 14A) and has earned a plus-eight rating. 

Avtombolist and Golyshev are ranked 11th overall in the KHL with a record of 17-21-5. 


LJUNGKRANTZ LOANED TO STROMSBRO

Alexander Ljungkrantz, who the Islanders selected in the third-round (90th overall), has been loaned from Brynas IF of the Sweden's top-tier league the SHL to Stromsbro IF of the Hockeyettan, which is the third-division of Swedish professional hockey. 

Ljungkrantz played nine games nine games with the Brynas IF, but did not record a point. Prior to that, the winger played 16 games with the Brynas IF J20 and compiled 15 points (8G, 7A) and 12 PIMs. 

Since being loaned to Stromsbro on Jan. 4, Ljungkrantz has dressed in one game, but has not yet recorded a point or taken a penalty. 


MESTIS LEAGUE, TIKKANEN SUSPEND PLAY IN JANUARY 

Due to financial difficulties as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mestis league, where Islanders prospect Henrik Tikkanen plays, announced on Jan. 5 that the season would be suspended through at least the month of January

Per the release, the league the Mestis Board of Directors will reconvene on Jan. 25 to determine the extent of the suspension. 

Tikkanen, who the Islanders selected in the seventh round (214th overall) of the 2020 NHL Draft, has played nine games with IPK this season. The 20-year-old goaltender has earned a record of 6-1-2, a 2.55 GAA and a SV% of 90.13%. 


QMJHL, DUFOUR EXPECTED TO RESUME PLAY ON JAN. 22

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to burden daily life, the QMJHL is hoping to resume play on Jan. 22 after having to pause the season for Quebec-based teams like Islanders prospect William Dufour and the Drummondville Voltigeurs, who have not played in a game since Nov. 27. 

Dufour, who the Islanders selected in the fifth round (152nd overall) at the 2020 NHL Draft, was on a tear leading up to the pause. Dufour was riding a five-game goal streak, where the 18-year-old winger had scored six goals and seven points in that span. 

Through eight games this season, Dufour has totaled 10 points (6G, 4A) and 18 PIMs. 

While the Quebec province introduced an evening curfew between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. on Jan. 9 that is expected to enforced for the next four weeks, the QMJHL still hopes to get back in action on Jan. 22. 

Follow QMJHL's site for updates. 


WHL PLANNING 24-GAME 2020-21 SEASON

The WHL hopes to return to play in the near future as the WHL Board of Governors announced on Jan. 8 a commitment to play a WHL 2020-21 Regular Season with a 24-game slate. 

The start date will be determined at a later time, per the release, but it's good news for Reece Newkirk and the Portland Winterhawks. 

Newkirk, who will be playing in his final season of junior hockey, has been playing in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) with the Melville Millionaires since Nov. 3, on loan. 

The Islanders 2019 fifth rounder (147th overall) has posted 12 points (4G, 8A) through six games with Melville. Last season in the WHL with Portland, the center compiled 65 points (29G, 36A) through 55 games. 


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