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Midseason Prospect Report

by Dyan LeBourdais / New York Islanders
CASEY CIZIKAS
In his fourth season with the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors of the OHL, Cizikas has averaged more than one point per game and as one of the players with the fewest games played this season (39), he’s ranked second on the team’s scoring charts with 53 points (26 goals, 27 assists). He’s also recorded 32 penalty minutes.


CALVIN de HAAN
In the first 35 games of his third season with the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League, de Haan has recorded 28 points (2 goals, 26 assists), which are the most points of any other defenseman on his team – even though he’s played in fewer games than the rest of the team’s top six defensemen. He has recorded 27 penalty minutes.

JASON GREGOIRE
In his junior year at the University of North Dakota (WCHA), Gregoire is seventh on the Fighting Souix in points, but has played in six less games than his teammates (22 games). With 12 goals, he is tied for the second-most goals on the team. He’s also recorded 9 assists for 21 points and 8 penalty minutes.

In his second season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Kabanov was traded to the Lewiston MAINEiacs of the QMJHL earlier this season. He took a brief leave of absence mid-season to go home to Russia, but since his return, he has played in 22 games and has recorded 16 points (6 goals, 10 assists) and 18 penalty minutes.

BLAKE KESSEL
In his third season with the University of New Hampshire (Hockey East), Kessel has played in all 24 contests and is fourth on the team in scoring, while he leads all Wildcats defensemen with 18 points (5 goals, 13 assists). He has recorded 8 penalty minutes.

ANDERS LEE
During his freshman season at the University of Notre Dame (CCHA), 20-year-old Anders Lee has played in all 30 contests for the Fighting Irish and is tied for a team-leading 18 goals, with the second-most points (33). He’s also notched 15 assists and 14 penalty minutes.

In his freshman year, Nelson is the third-youngest player on the University of North Dakota (WCHA) roster, where he has played in 27 games and has recorded 10 points (5 goals, 5 assists) and 2 penalty minutes.

NINO NIEDERREITER
Niederreiter began the 2010-11 season with the New York Islanders, but after scoring his first NHL goal and playing in nine games before his entry-level contract kicked into full gear, the 18-year-old rookie was sent back to play his second season with the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League. In 35 games this season, Niederreiter’s 38 points (22 goals, 16 assists) are the fifth-most on the Winterhawks, while he’s played eight or more games fewer than everyone above him. He’s also recorded 49 penalty minutes and has a +13 ranking.

ANDERS NILSSON
Nilsson, a highly-touted goaltending prospect, is in his second full season with the Lulea HF of the Sweden Elite League (SEL). In 23 games this season, the 20-year-old has recorded four shutouts, the second-most of any goaltender in the league. He has also posted a 2.03 goals against average and .913 save percentage, which ranks him sixth and eighth overall among SEL goaltenders in both respective categories.

KIRILL PETROV

After starting the season with the Kazan Ak Bars, Petrov was traded to the Khanty-Mansiysk Yugra, where he has played the last 41 games (43 in total). This is the 20-year-old wingers third KHL season, but this season, he’s played a significant number of games compared to his prior 14-game total. As a result, he’s totaled career-highs in points (18), goals (8), and assists (10). He has also recorded 18 penalty minutes.
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