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Islanders Prospect Report: March 20, 2020

In the wake of COVID-19, Islanders prospects had their seasons postponed or cancelled.

by Sasha Kandrach KandrachSasha /

Due to the international COVID-19 outbreak, the Islanders junior, collegiate and European prospects have also halted their seasons. Read more to find out the status of each league. 


The Canadian Hockey League indefinitely suspended the season on March 12, affecting the WHL, OHL and QMJHL. The QMJHL went a step further on March 17, as they became the first junior league to cancel its regular season play. If they return, the QMJHL will resume with playoffs and seed teams based on points percentage.

The WHL and OHL follwed the QMJHL's lead and opted to cancel the remainder of their regular seasons on March 18. The final standings of the 2019-20 WHL Regular Season are determined by points percentage, which awards the Portland Winterhawks the Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy as the WHL Regular Season Champions. The OHL also released their final regular season standings with the intention of holding their priority selection on April 4.

That sidelines Islanders prospects Cole Coskey, Blade Jenkins and Bode Wilde of the OHL's Saginaw Spirit, Reece Newkirk of the WHL's Portland Winterhawks and QMJHL prospects Felix Bibeau (Chicoutimi Sagueneens) and Samuel Bolduc (Phoenix Sherbrooke) 

Tweet from @CHLHockey: The #CHL announces that the balance of the 2019-20 season and all hockey related activity shall be paused immediately until further notice.STATEMENT 📰:

Coskey, Jenkins and Wilde and Saginaw had six regular season games remaining and were primed for a deep playoff run. Saginaw had already punched their ticket to the postseason, should it be played, and finished third place overall in the OHL with 87 points and a record of 41-16-5. 

Newkirk and the Portland Winterhawks clinched their playoff spot and lead the WHL with 97 points and a record of 45-11-7. Portland had five games left in the regular season. Newkirk was sidelined with an upper-body injury on Feb. 23.

Both Bibeau and the Sagueneens and Bolduc and the Sherbrooke were optimistic as the season reached the final stretch. Bibeau and Chicoutimi have locked down a playoff spot and clinched the East Division with their 96 points and record of 45-12-6. Bolduc and Sherbrooke lead the Q with 106 points and a record of 51-8-4 and clinched the Central Division. 


Islanders NCAA prospects: Collin Adams (North Dakota), Logan Cockerill (Boston University), Ruslan Iskhakov (UCONN), Christian Krygier (Michigan State), Benjamin Mirageas (Providence College), Nick Pastujov (Michigan), Jacob Pivonka (Notre Dame) and Andong Song (Cornell) had their seasons cancelled due to coronavirus concerns. 

Adams and North Dakota finished the season ranked first overall in the NCAA with a record of 26-5-4. The Isles' 2016 sixth rounder (170th overall) completed his junior season setting new career highs with 12 goals, 16 assists and 28 points. Adams also had six game-winning goals. 

Cockerill finished his junior season at BU with five points (2G, 3A) through 18 games. Cockerill and the Terriers finished the season with a record of 13-13-8 and placed sixth in the Hockey East standings with a conference record of 10-9-5. 

Tweet from @USCHO: NCAA cancels rest of 2019-20 hockey season due to coronavirus outbreak

Iskhakov matched his career-best of 32 points during his sophomore season with the UCONN Huskies. The Isles' 2018 second rounder (43rd overall) reached a new career high with nine goals through 32 games and had two strikes on the power play. UCONN finished sixth in the Hockey East conference with a record of 12-10-2. 

With the Michigan State Spartans, Krygier concluded his sophomore season with three assists through 35 games. Michigan State's final record was 15-19-2 and placed sixth in the BIG Ten conference with a record of 11-11-2. 

Mirageas registered three assists through 26 games of his junior season with Providence. Mirageas and the Friars tied with Northeastern for seventh place in the Hockey East conference with a record of 10-11-3.

Pastujov's collegiate career came to a close. Pastujov compiled nine goals and 18 points during his final season as a Wolverine. In his four-year career in Ann Arbor, the Isles 2016 seventh rounder (193rd overall) amassed 60-career points (25G, 35A), took a trip to the 2018 NCAA Frozen Four and played a 2019 outdoor game against Notre Dame.

Pivonka completed his sophomore season at Notre Dame with 11 points (4G, 7A) through 34 games. The Isles' 2018 fourth rounder (103rd overall) set a new career high in goals. Notre Dame finished in fifth in the BIG Ten with a record of 9-9-6. Song did not suit up for Cornell this season. Cornell finished their season ranked third overall in the NCAA with a record of 23-2-4. 


Robin Salo's season came to a close, as the Swedish Hockey League cancelled the 2019-20 campaign on March 13. Salo had recently transferred to the SHL, playing for Orebro HK, after spending his entire junior and pro career in Finland. 

Salo debuted with Orebro HK on Feb. 15. Through 12 games with his new club, Salo compiled six points (1G, 5A). The Isles' 2017 second-round pick started the season with SaiPa in Finland's Liiga, where he registered 21 points (8G, 13A) through 46 games. 

Tweet from @khl_eng: In accordance with the recommendations of the Ministry of Sport, the Kontinental Hockey League, the Russian Premier Football League, and the VTB United Basketball League are suspended until April 10 in the hope of slowing the spread of COVID-19.


The KHL announced on March 17 that the 2020 Gagarin Cup playoffs would be suspended until April 10 amidst the rise of COVID-19. Ilya Sorokin and CKSA Moscow had advanced to the second round and conference semifinals of the Gagarin Cup Playoffs. 

Sorokin and CSKA swept the Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod (4-0) in the first round. Sorokin finished the series with two shutouts and in the process became the KHL's all-time record holder for playoff shutouts with a career total of 16. 

In the second round, Sorokin and CSKA are set to clash with Dynamo Moscow. 

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