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Islanders Prospect Report: May 3, 2021

Ruslan Iskhakov advances to Liiga Final, Robin Salo's SHL season comes to an end and Reece Newkirk continues to produce

by Erin Battaglia @NYIslanders /

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:


Tweet from @HCTPS: 🍯1-0🍯21:51' Ruslan Iskhakov laukoo Palloseuran johtoon ylivoimalla!#HCTPS #Turku #Liiga #OleTPS

Ruslan Iskhakov keeps providing points for TPS in their 2021 Liiga Playoff run. After eliminating the Pelicans in the quarterfinals, TPS did the same against HIFK, winning their best-of-five semifinal series in four games to advance to the Liiga Final. 

Iskhakov had a two-point game (1G, 1A) in Friday night's 3-2 OT win against HIFK. The Moscow native netted the overtime winner, which boosted his postseason point total to four. Iskhakov went on to dish out an assist during TPS' 3-0 win on the May 2, before netting another goal the following day in a 3-2 victory that has secured their spot in the Liiga Finals. 

TPS will take on Lukko in the final best-of-five matchup to try and be crowned the champion of Liiga. The Liiga finals between TPS and Lukko kick off on May 7 and, if they go the five-game distance, are scheduled to wrap-up by May. 13. 

Through eight games so far, Iskhakov has totaled five points (1G, 4A) in the postseason. 


Robin Salo and Orebro's season has come to a close after they fell in a best-of-five series to Vaxjo in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) Playoffs semifinals. The series went the distance, but Orebro fell short after suffering a 3-1 loss in Game 5 on April 29. Within nine games played during the postseason, the Islanders' 2017 second rounder posted four assists. 


Tweet from @pdxwinterhawks: Stop us if you've heard this before - Reece from the dot on the power play! 🎯

Reece Newkirk continues to produce for the Portland Winterhawks in the Western Hockey League (WHL) during their successful season. Newkirk recorded his 13th assist of the season after feeding one halfway through the third period during the Winterhawks 5-2 win against the Everett Silvertips on Friday. 

The Islanders' fifth rounder (147th overall) went on to score in back-to-back games - one being a power-play goal, against the Tri-City Americans and the other against the Seattle Thunderbirds to improve his season goal total to nine.

Through 20 games played, Newkirk has a compiled 22 points (9G, 13A) and is an active contributor to the Winterhawks success, who are currently ranked third in the WHL Western Conference standings with a record of 9-8-3.  

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