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NYI PROSPECT WATCH: WEEK OF OCTOBER 20-26

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

Welcome to the first installment of our weekly Islanders prospect watch. Every Friday you can check back to newyorkislanders.com to get caught up on future Islanders.


Name: Emil Axelsson
Position: Defenseman
Team: Arboga (4-5-1)
League: HockeyAllsvenskan (SWE)
Acquired: Islanders 2004 seventh round draft pick (210th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (9), Goals (1), Assists (3), Points (4), PIM (16)

Update: Axelsson was called for four minutes in penalties on Sunday in Arboga's 6-4 loss to Nybro. He then picked up one minor penalty in Arboga's 7-2 win over Huddinge. 


Name: Robin Figren
Position: Left Wing
Team: Calgary (7-6-0-1)
League: WHL
Acquired: Islanders 2006 third round draft pick (70th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (12), Goals (2), Assists (2), Points (4), PIM (16)

Update: On Friday, Figren notched an assist in Calgary's 6-1 win over Moose Jaw. Calgary lost consecutive games to Red Deer without Figren registering a point.


Name: Denis Grebeshkov
Position: Defenseman
Team: Yaroslavl (7-8-4)
League: Russian Super League
Acquired: Traded from Los Angeles on March 8, 2006
Stats to date: Games Played (13), Goals (2), Assists (2), Points (4), PIM (31)

Update: Grebeshkov assisted on Yaroslavl's lone goal in a 1-1 tie with Kazan on Friday. On Monday, Grebeshkov did not register a point in a 2-0 loss to Nizhnekamsk.


Name: Shea Guthrie
Position: Wing
Team: Clarkson (4-1-1, ECACHL (0-0-0)
League: ECACHL
Acquired: Islanders 2005 third round draft pick (76th overall)
Stats to date: GP (5), Goals (0), Assists (4), Points (4), PIM (4)

Update: Over the weekend, Guthrie earned an assist in each game against Lake Superior as Clarkson swept the two-game series.


Name: Jesse Joensuu
Position: Wing
Team: Assat (5-10-2)
League: Extraliga (FIN)
Acquired: 2006 second round draft pick (60th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (17), Goals (2), Assists (5), Points (7)

Update: Joensuu tallied one assist in Assat's 6-3 loss to Lukko on Saturday, but registered no points in their 4-1 loss to HPK on Tuesday. Assat was then shutout 3-0 by Jokerit on Thursday.


Name: Kim Johansson
Position: Center
Team: Malmo (4-7-3)
League: J20 SuperElit (SWE)
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fifth round draft pick (141st overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (14), Goals (6), Assists (6), Points (12), PIM (32)

Update: Johansson earned two assist Saturday against HV 71 in Malmo's 5-3 loss. He then took a holding penalty against Frolunda in the team's 6-4 win on Sunday. Johansson went scoreless against Sodertalje on Wednesday, but leads the team in points with 12.


Name: Dustin Kohn
Position: Defensemen
Team: Brandon (8-4-0-2)
League: WHL
Acquired: Islanders 2005 second round draft pick (46th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (12), Goals (2), Assists (13), Points (15), PIM (26)

Update: Kohn had three assists all on the power play -- and was a +1 in Brandon's 9-5 win over Lethbridge on Friday. The following night, Kohn added two assists in a Brandon 4-1 defeat of Kootenay. Kohn did not register a point in Brandon's 3-2 loss to Vancouver on Wednesday.


Name: Andrew MacDonald
Position: Defensemen
Team: Moncton (10-6-0-1)
League: QMJHL
Acquired: Islanders 2006 sixth round draft pick (160th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (12), Goals (4), Assists (10), Points (14), PIM (25)

Update: MacDonald picked up the lone assist and accumulated 11 PIM in Moncton's 5-1 loss to Halifax on Sunday. On Wednesday, Moncton won 7-6 in the 15th round of a shootout against Baie-Comeau with MacDonald tallying two assists, but failing to score in the fifth round of the shootout. MacDonald earned a power play goal and power play assist in a 4-1 victory over Chicoutimi on Thursday.


Name: Tomas Marcinko
Position: Center
Team: Barrie (9-3-0-1)
League: OHL
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fourth round draft pick (114th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (12), Goals (6), Assists (6), Points (12), PIM (12)

Update: Marcinko was a -1 in Barrie's 3-1 loss on Saturday to the Ottawa 67's. He took a two minute penalty on Thursday against Mississauga in a 4-1 loss.


Name: Tyrell Mason
Position: Defensemen
Team: Clarkson (4-1-1, ECACHL (0-0-0)
League: ECACHL
Acquired: Islanders 2005 sixth round draft pick (180th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (6), Goals (0), Assists (3), Points (3), PIM (18)

Update: Mason recorded two assists in Clarkson's 7-1 win over Lake Superior on Saturday.


Name: Ryan O'Marra
Position: Center
Team: Erie (3-9-0-2)
League: OHL
Acquired: Islanders 2005 first round draft pick (15th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (10), Goals (6), Assists (4), Points (10), PIM (20)

Update: As captain of Erie O'Marra tallied a power play goal and a shootout goal in his team's 7-6 win over Oshawa on Friday. The following night, Erie lost to Sarnia 6-1 with O'Marra picking up two penalty minutes. O'Marra's six goals puts him in a tie for second on the team.


Name: Wes O'Neill
Position: Defensemen
Team: Notre Dame (3-1-0, 0-0-0 CCHA)
League: CCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2004 fourth round draft pick (114th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (4), Goals (0), Assists (4), Points (4), PIM (4)

Update: O'Neill picked up two assists on Friday as Notre Dame topped the 2005-06 NCAA Tournament finalists 7-1. After earning a victory against Providence on Saturday, Notre Dame jumped to 12th in the national rankings.


Name: Kyle Okposo
Position: Right Wing
Team: Minnesota (4-1-0, 0-0-0 WCHA)
League: WCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2006 first round draft pick (7th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (5), Goals (4), Assists (2), Points (6), PIM (6)

Update: Okposo tallied two goals and an assist in a weekend sweep over Ohio State. He leads the team in power play goals with four.


Name: Rhett Rakhshani
Position: Right Wing
Team: Denver (3-3-0, 1-1-0 WCHA)
League: WCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fourth round draft pick (100th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (6), Goals (0), Assists (3), Points (3), PIM (8)

Update: Rakhshani failed to score this week in a split against RPI. He tallied one assist in his second game with Denver, on October 7 versus Colgate.

 

Name: Stefan Ridderwall
Position: Goaltender
Team: Djurgardens (8-5-1)
League: J20 SuperElit (SWE)
Acquired: Islanders 2006 sixth round draft pick (173rd overall)
Stats to date: GAA (2.09), SV% (.931)

Update: Ridderwall stopped 22 shots in a 4-3 win over Sodertalje on Saturday. He followed it up with a 25-save performance to defeat Linkopings 2-1 the next night. Ridderwall earned his third win of the week by making 39 saves against Rogle on Wednesday in a 6-2 win.


Name: Doug Rogers
Position: Center
Team: Harvard (0-0-0)
League: ECACHL
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fourth round draft pick (100th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (0), Goals (0), Assists (0), Points (0), PIM (0)

Update: Rogers earned two assists in an exhibition game against the University of Prince Edward's Island on Sunday.


Name: Shane Sims
Position: Defenseman
Team: Des Moines (6-0-0)
League: USHL
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fifth round draft pick (126th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (5), Goals (0), Assists (2), Points (2), PIM (27)

Update: Sims picked up one assist in two wins this week for Des Moines.


Name: Igor Volkov
Position: Forward
Team: Ufa (11-3-5)
League: Russian Super League
Acquired: Islanders 2003 eighth round draft pick (246th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (19), Goals (5), Assists (6), Points (11), PIM (16)

Update: Volkov scored two goals in Ufa's 4-2 win over CKA on Saturday. He then picked up an assist against Cherepovets in a 5-1 win.


Name: Jase Weslosky
Position: Goaltender
Team: St. Cloud State (2-2-0, 2-2-0 WCHA) 
League: WCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fourth round draft pick (108th overall)
Stats to date: Record (1-0-0), GAA (2.00), SV% (.933)

Update: Weslosky made his first start with the Huskies on Friday, stopping 28 shots against Minnesota State in the team's 4-2 victory. His performance earned him WCHA rookie of the week honors.

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