Part I: The Forwards
By Jason Lockhart
Islanders Iceworks is the place to be next week to check out the future of the New York Islanders. The organization is hosting a Development Camp from Monday, July 10 through Saturday, July 15 featuring virtually all of their most notable prospects.
Although he's been working round the clock during the free agency period, new general manager Neil Smith will be in attendance to monitor the workouts. Consider Monday the first official day on the job for new head coach Ted Nolan, who will be at Islanders Iceworks to meet the young players. Monday will also mark the triumphant return to the ice of Bryan Trottier, the Islanders Hall of Famer who is now in charge of player development.
And what a collection of young talent there will be. Participants include recent Islanders first round picks Kyle Okposo (2006), Ryan O'Marra (2005), Petteri Nokelainen (2004) and Robert Nilsson (2003) plus young Islanders Chris Campoli, Jeff Tambellini, Jeremy Colliton and Bruno Gervais.
The Islanders' prospects, divided into two groups, will participate in a combination of on-ice skating and off-ice conditioning sessions each morning from approximately 9:00 to 11:30. Following the workouts, they will take part in seminars on nutrition and conditioning and learn more about Long Island and the Islanders organization. At different times, Trottier, Pat LaFontaine and grass roots hockey director Steve Webb will address the team.
At night the prospects will get to know each other as they attend Yankee games, concerts and other major New York and Long Island events.
The morning sessions at Islanders Iceworks are open to the public. Today's camp primer features thumbnail sketches on the young forwards participating in the NYI Development Camp. On Saturday, newyorkislanders.com will focus on the defensemen and goaltenders.
Born: Jan 26, 1985 Mississauga, ON
Height: 5-9 - Weight: 198 - Shoots: Left
Drafted by the Islanders in the seventh round (210th overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft
Aquino was second on Brampton of the OHL in scoring with 72 points in 32 games and led the team in plus/minus (+27). He also played in Bridgeport for nine games totaling two assists and in Trenton of the ECHL for three games, assisting on one goal.
Born: Jan 13, 1985 Blackie, AB
Height: 6-2 - Weight: 195 - Shoots: Right
Drafted by the Islanders in the second round (58th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft
A mainstay in Bridgeport for much of the 2005-2006 season scoring 21 goals, 32 assists and 53 points in 66 games, Colliton saw 19 games of NHL action with the Islanders. Colliton filled in solidly upfront late in the season, notching his first NHL goal on April 15, 2006 against Pittsburgh and finishing with one goal, two points and a +2 rating.
Born: Feb 18, 1986 Meadow Lake, SK
Height: 6-1 - Weight: 198 - Shoots: Right
Drafted by the Islanders in the second round (47th overall) of the 2004 NHL
Comeau ranked second in scoring on the WHL's Kelowna Rockets, notching 74 points including 53 assists in 60 games during the 2005-2006 season. Comeau joined Bridgeport for their playoff run totaling three assists in seven games. The former second round pick helped Canada to a 2006 World Junior Championship title by leading the team in scoring with seven points in six games.
Born: Aug 4, 1988 - Boston, MA
Height: 6-0 - Weight: 186 - Shoots: Right
Drafted by the Islanders in the sixth round (171st overall) of the 2006 NHL
In three seasons with prep school Governor Dummer, Day has tallied 30 goals, 45 assists and 75 points. He will play on Governor Dummer for one more season before attending Colgate in the fall of 2007.
Born: Mar 7, 1988 Stockholm, Sweden
Height: 5-11 - Weight: 176 - Shoots: Right
Drafted by the Islanders in the third round (70th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft Figren played for Frolunda of the Junior Swedish Elite League last season scoring 30 points in 39 games. The hard-working Swede also participated in the World Junior Championships collecting five points and 16 penalty minutes in six games.
Born: Jun 15, 1986 Memramcook, NB
Height: 6-0 - Weight: 191 - Shoots: Left
Gaudet played under Ted Nolan in Moncton of the QMJHL and was invited to participate at the Islanders' prospect camp as an undrafted prospect. At Moncton, Gaudet jumped from 18 points in 2004-2005 to 48 points during the 2005-2006 season.
Born: Jul 30, 1987 Almonte, ON
Height: 6-0 - Weight: 198 - Shoots: Right
Drafted by the Islanders in the third round (76th overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft
In his freshman year at Clarkson University, Guthrie tied for fourth in scoring on the team and led all Clarkson freshmen with 26 points. Guthrie's efforts earned him a spot on the ECAC Hockey League's All-Rookie Team.
Born: Oct 5, 1987 Pori, Finland
Height: 6-4 - Weight: 207 - Shoots: Left
Drafted by the Islanders in the second round (60th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft
Joensuu tallied four goals, eight assists and 12 points in 51 games during the 2005-2006 season with Assat of the Finnish Elite League. In 2004-2005 he was the youngest player in the Finnish Elite League. The 6-4 power-forward will be making his Islanders mini-camp debut.
Born: Apr 11, 1988 Poprad, Slovakia
Height: 6-4 - Weight: 187 - Shoots: Right
Drafted by the Islanders in the fourth round (115th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
In his third season with Kosice of the Junior Slovak League, Marcinko posted career-highs in goals (27) and points (48). Marcinko jumped to the senior Slovak league later in the 2005-2006 season, scoring two goals in 18 games with Kosice. Marcinko also participated in the World Junior Championships picking up one goal and two assists in six games.
Born: Jan 16, 1985 Pori, Finland
Height: 6-2 - Weight: 202 - Shoots: Left
Drafted by the Islanders in the fifth round (144th overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft
Marjamaki's hard work and dedication in Bridgeport paid off as he made his Islanders debut the last game of the 2005-2006 season, versus Philadelphia. Marjamaki returned to Bridgeport for the playoffs, scoring three goals in seven games. He scored 31 points for the Sound Tigers during the regular season.
Born: Jan 12, 1988 Rockford, IL
Height: 6-2 - Weight: 176 - Shoots: Left
Drafted by the Islanders in the seventh round (190th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
Mattila put up impressive numbers during the 2004-2005 season, notching 240 points while playing midget and high school hockey. This year he made a sucessful jump to junior hockey, skating for the Springfield Blues of the NAHL and posting 36 points in 54 games.
Born: Apr 24, 1984 - Herning, Denmark
Height: 6-0 - Weight: 179 - Shoots: Left
Drafted by the Islanders in the third round (87th overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft
During the 2005-2006 season, Nielsen played in his fifth season in the Swedish Elite League and his first with Timra. The 2002 third-round pick notched Swedish League career-highs in assists (13) and points (18).
Born: Jan 16, 1986 Imatra, Finland
Height: 6-1 - Weight: 190 - Shoots: Right
Drafted by the Islanders in the first round (16th overall) of the 2004 NHL
Nokelainen made a splash with the Islanders in the 2005-2006 season despite seeing limited time due to a knee injury. In his fourth game as an Islander, Nokelainen scored a goal and an assist at Washington. The Finn is among a group of impressive second-year players that could make a big impact with the Islanders in '06-'07.
Born: Jan 21, 1986 Urkuresk, Russia
Height: 6-1 - Weight: 185 - Shoots: Left
Drafted by the Islanders in the third round (82nd overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft
Ogorodnikov spent the 2005-2006 season splitting time between the Russian Super League and playing for Russia in international tournaments. He captained the Russian squad at the ADT Challenge leading the team in scoring with six. He also participated in the World Junior Championships, where Russia earned the silver medal.
Born: Apr 16, 1988 St. Paul, MN
Height: 6-0 - Weight: 195 - Shoots: Right
Drafted by the Islanders in the first round (7th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft
The Islanders' latest first-round draft pick dominated play at the prep school level at Shattuck scoring 191 over two seasons. The jump to the junior level didn't slow down Okposo who finished with 58 points in 50 games good for second on regular-season champ Des Moines and sixth in the USHL. His +28 rating was second-highest in the league. Okposo has a bright
future ahead of him.
Born Jan 10 1985 Calgary, AB
Height 5.11 Weight 183 - Shoots: Left
Drafted by the Islanders in first round (15th overall) of 2003 NHL Entry Draft
Nilsson dazzled and impressed throughout the 2005-2006 season, putting up respectable numbers (6-14-20) in 53 games during his first season with the Islanders. He placed fifth on the Sound Tigers in points per game playing in only 29 games and totaling 28 points. Nilsson's stickhandling ability and playmaking skills will be a delight to watch for years to come.
Born: Jun 9, 1987 Tokyo, Japan
Height: 6-1 - Weight: 193 - Shoots: Right
Drafted by the Islanders in the first round (15th overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft
The Tokyo native was born in Japan, but moved to Canada at an early age. O'Marra has since become a highly touted prospect in the Islanders farm system putting up outstanding numbers with Erie of the OHL (227 points in three seasons). O'Marra left Erie to play for Bridgeport at the end of the 2005-2006 season. There he scored four goals in his first three games. The first-round pick is making strides towards possibly landing a spot with the Islanders next season.
Born: May 23, 1986 Brampton, ON
Height: 6-2 - Weight: 195 - Shoots: Right
Drafted by the Islanders in the eighth round (244th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft
Pitton split time between Sault Ste. Marie and Guelph notching an OHL career-high 28 goals and matching a career-high 42 points. The Brampton, Ontario native contributed to Guelph's three-round playoff run tying for fourth on the team with five goals and finishing with eight points and a +2 rating in 15 games and finishing.
Born: Mar 6, 1988 Orange, CA
Height: 5-10 - Weight: 170 - Shoots: Right
Drafted by the Islanders in the fourth round (100th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft
Rakhshani grew up in the real OC (Orange County) dominating at the Bantam and Midget levels. He excelled last season playing for the US National Developmental Program, scoring 41 points in 50 games. Rhakhshani will attend Denver next season.
Born: Aug 31, 1984 Edmonton, AB
Height: 6-5 - Weight: 200 - Shoots: Left
Drafted by the Islanders in the fifth round (148th overall) of 2004 NHL Entry Draft
Regier was a two-year standout in the WHL from 2002-2004, notching back-to-back 100+ point seasons with Medicine Hat. He played well in Bridgeport for two seasons before earning a promotion to the Islanders for nine games last season, debuting on April 2, 2006 against Philadelphia.
Born: Jan 20, 1988 Watertown, MA
Height: 6-0 - Weight: 175 - Shoots: Right
Drafted by the Islanders in the fourth round (119th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft
A Harvard recruit, Doug Rogers captained St. Sebastian's this past year, scoring 24 goals, 38 assists and 62 points in 28 games. Rogers was teammates with Okposo on the 2004 Team USA Under-17 Selects.
Born: Apr 13, 1984 Port Moody, BC
Height: 5-11 Weight 186 - Shoots: Left
Acquired by the Islanders via a trade with the LA Kings
One of the Islanders' young guns, Tambellini proved he could play in the NHL, playing on the Island for 21 games and scoring four points after being acquired from the Kings at the trade deadline. Tambellini notched a goal and was a +3 in the March 14, 2006 game against the Devils. The Port Moody, British Columbia native spent most of the first half of '05-'06 playing with Manchester of the AHL, tallying 56 points in 56 games.