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Islanders Prospect Report: Oct 11, 2021

College hockey returns, while William Dufour, Henrik Tikkanen and more stand out in this week's Prospect Report

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:


Tweet from @SJSeaDogs: What a first period for this line 🤩William Dufour picked up a pass from Josh Lawrence to open the Sea Dogs scoring tonight. pic.twitter.com/TTE3OxjNgN
FOUR-POINT WEEK FOR DUFOUR

William Dufour posted a four-point week (3G, 1A) to bring up his season total to five points (3G, 2A) in as many games for Saint John of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. 

The Islanders' 2020 fifth rounder (152nd overall) recorded a two-point outing with his first goal of the season and added one assist on Oct. 8 in Saint John's 5-2 loss to Acadie-Bathurst. 

The following night, Oct. 9, Dufour scored his first power-play goal of the season and also scored in the shootout where Saint John ultimately lost 4-3 to Acadie-Bathurst again. 

Dufour helped Saint John to their first win of the season in a matinee on Monday, scoring the game-winning goal in a 3-1 victory over the Charlottetown Islanders. Saint John is 1-3-1 through five games this season.


Tweet from @FriarsHockey: 🚀🚀🚀 @benmirageas Ruikka feeds Mirageas for his first of the year to tie things up! pic.twitter.com/Fg7VAXeC3i
COLLEGE HOCKEY GETS UNDERWAY

For Christian Krygier (Michigan State), Ben Mirageas (Providence College), Logan Cockerill (Boston University), Alex Jefferies (Merrimack College), and Cameron Berg (University of Nebraska-Omaha), the 2021-22 Division l hockey campaign is underway. 

Krygier opened up his senior season with the Michigan State Spartans with a split in their weekend series against Air Force. During the set of games, Krygier recorded an assist - and his first point of the 2021-22 campaign - and he also took three minor penalties. 

Mirageas notched his first goal of the season over the weekend as Providence played and subsequently defeated American International on Oct. 9 by a score of 5-1.

Mirageas' first goal of his extra (fifth) year of athletic eligibility at Providence was a first period power-play goal. The Islanders' 2017 third rounder (77th overall) now has one goal through three games. 

Mirageas and the Providence Friars are ranked 11th overall in the NCAA and are currently tied with Boston University for the top rank of the Hockey East Conference with one win and three points, each. 

Cockerill is also utilizing his extra year of eligibility for the Boston University Terriers, where he is the team's captain. Over the weekend, Cockerill and BU's 2021-22 slate got underway with a split in their weekend series against the University of Connecticut. 

While Cockerill was without a point over the pair of games, he and BU are ranked 10th overall in the NCAA standings and are tied with Providence for the lead among the Hockey East conference. 

Jefferies registered the first point his sophomore season at Merrimack with an assist on Oct. 9 as he and his team defeated Sacred Heart 4-2. 

Jefferies and Merrimack currently are ranked eighth in the Hockey East standings.  

Berg scored his first and second goals of the season over the weekend as he and the University of Omaha Mavericks swept the University of Maine in a series. 

The Islanders' 2021 fourth rounder (125th overall) broke the ice - with his first goal of his Division l hockey career - on Oct. 8 as Omaha won 4-1. 

The following night, the 19-year-old center deposited a power-play goal in UNO's 5-3 victory. With a 1-1-0 record, Berg and Omaha rank 17th overall in the NCAA. 

Tweet from @OmahaHKY: The equalizer by Cameron Berg!! pic.twitter.com/PKQeEbX2za


TIKKANEN MAKES DEBUT WITH MODO

Henrik Tikkanen made his MoDo debut on Oct. 8, taking the ice in Hockey Allsvenskan - the second tier of Swedish professional hockey. 

The Islanders' 2020 seventh rounder (214th overall) netminder backstopped his team to a 6-3 victory over Kristianstad and made 36 saves on 39 shots

With a 3-2-0 record and nine points, MoDo and Tikkanen are ranked sixth overall in the Allsvenskan standings. 


RATY RETURNS TO FINLAND 

Following an impressive showing at the Islanders' 2021 training camp, Aatu Raty, the Islanders' 2021 second-round pick (52nd overall) returned back to Finland and made his season debut on Oct. 6 with Karpat of Liiga, Finland's top tier league of professional hockey. 


LIUKAS KEEPS THE OFFENSE GOING

Eetu Liukas, who the Islanders selected in the fifth round of the 2021 NHL Draft, increased his season total with TPS' u20 squad to nine points (5G, 4A) through five games. 

The 19-year-old left winger has also played in seven games total with the top TPS squad, but has yet to notch a point. 


MACHU LOANED TO DRACI SUMPERK 

Tomas Machu, who the Islanders selected in the seventh round (221st overall) of this year's draft, was loaned from HC Vitkovice of Czech Extraliga, the top tier league of professional hockey in the Czech Republic to Draci Sumperk, which plays in Czech 1.liga, the second-tier league of Czech professional hockey. 

So far through one game with Draci Sumperk, the 18-year-old defenseman has recorded one assist. 


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