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Islanders 2007 draft pick Simon Lacroix earned Player of the Week honors in the QMJHL last week after a nine-point week for Shawinigan. Plus, Colgate's Brian Day notches a hat trick Check out how all of the Islanders prospects did this week in this edition of NYI Weekly Prospect Watch.



PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
 
Name: Simon Lacroix
Position: Defenseman
Team: Shawinigan (12-4-0-0)^
League: QMJHL
Acquired: Islanders 2007 seventh round draft pick (196th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (10), Goals (6), Assists (9), Points (15), PIM (16)

Update: Last Monday, Lacroix was named the QMJHL Defenseman of the week after tallying four goals and five assists in three games.
 
What the Scouts are Saying: "Simon was rewarded with this honor for his great play over the last couple weeks. His team is off to a fantastic start and Simon is playing a key role in the team’s success."
 
- Ryan Jankowski
Assistant GM/Director of Amateur Scouting


Name: Brian Day
Position: Right Wing
Team: Colgate (3-1-0, ECACHL (2-0-0)
League: ECACHL
Acquired: Islanders 2006 sixth-round draft pick (171st overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (4), Goals (5), Assists (1), Points (6), PIM (2)

Update: Day continued his torrid start to the season by notching a hat trick in Colgate's 5-2 win over Bentley on Saturday in the Governor's Cup semifinal. Day did not record a point the following day in Colgate's 4-2 loss to Union in the finals. Day leads his team in goals and points.


Name: Justin DiBenedetto
Position: Left Wing
Team: Sarnia (6-7-1-1)^
League: OHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 sixth-round draft pick (175th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (10), Goals (11), Assists (13), Points (24), PIM (10)

Update: DiBenedetto had another solid week for Sarnia. He recorded two goals and one assist in three games. He recorded the first two goals in Sarnia's 4-2 win over Kingston on Sunday and was named the First Star of the Game.


Name: Matt Donovan
Position: Defenseman
Team: Cedar Rapids (7-1-0)
League: USHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 fourth-round draft pick (96th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (8), Goals (1), Assists (3), Points (4), PIM (6)

Update: Donovan scored his first goal of the season in a 4-2 win over Lincoln on Friday. Cedar Rapids went a perfect 3-0 this weekend, allowing only four goals in the process.


Name: Robin Figren
Position: Left Wing
Team: Djurgardens (5-7-4)
League: Swedish Elite League
Acquired: Islanders 2006 third-round draft pick (70th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (10), Goals (2), Assists (4), Points (6), PIM (10)

Update: Figren and Djurgardens went 1-2 last week.



Name: Max Gratchev
Position: Left Wing
Team: Lewiston (6-11-0-0)^
League: QMJHL
Acquired: Islanders 2007 fourth-round draft pick (106th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (14), Goals (3), Assists (6), Points (9), PIM (22)

Update: Gratchev recorded a goal and an assist in Lewiston's 5-2 victory over Victoriaville on Friday. Gratchev is tied for fourth on the team in points.


Name: Jason Gregoire
Position: Left Wing
Team: North Dakota (1-3-0, WCHA 1-1-0)
League: WCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2007 third-round draft pick (76th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (4), Goals (0), Assists (1), Points (1), PIM (0)

Update: North Dakota was off last week. They resume play with a weekend series against Wisconsin at home.



Name: Travis Hamonic
Position: Defenseman
Team: Moose Jaw (5-8-0-1)^
League: WHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 second-round draft pick (53rd overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (11), Goals (2), Assists (9), Points (11), PIM (27)

Update: Hamonic had a diverse game in Friday's 5-4 loss to Calgary. He recorded an assist and then a fight following the conclusion of the game. Moose Jaw had a rough week, dropping all three games.


Name: Mark Katic
Position: Defenseman
Team: Sarnia (6-7-1-1)^
League: OHL
Acquired: Islanders 2007 third-round draft pick (62nd overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (10), Goals (2), Assists (6), Points (8), PIM (4)

Update: Katic was named the Third Star of the Game on Thursday in Sarnia's 4-3 loss to Peterborough after totaling a goal and an assist.
 
 

Name: Blake Kessel
Position: Defenseman
Team: New Hampshire (3-1-1, Hockey East 1-0-1)
League: Hockey East
Acquired: Islanders 2007 sixth-round draft pick (166th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (5) Goals (0), Assists (1), Points (1), PIM (2)

Update: After a strong start to the season, New Hampshire had a rough weekend, tying U Mass on Friday and then losing to St. Lawrence on Saturday. The 0-1-1 weekend dropped UNH from 6th to 4th in the national rankings.


Name: Matt Martin
Position: Left Wing
Team: Sarnia (6-7-1-1)^
League: OHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 fifth-round draft pick (148th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (10), Goals (7), Assists (6), Points (13), PIM (16)
 
Update: After recording points in his first seven games, Martin went scoreless in three games last weekend.
 
 
Name: Tyrell Mason
Position: Defensemen
Team: Clarkson (1-1-2, ECACHL 0-0-0)
League: ECACHL
Acquired: Islanders 2005 sixth round draft pick (180th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (4), Goals (0), Assists (0), Points (0), PIM (0)

Update: Clarkson jumped nationally from 19th to 15th after earning a pair of ties against No. 1 Colorado College.
 

 
Name: Aaron Ness
Position: Defenseman
Team: Minnesota (3-0-1, WCHA 3-0-1)
League: WCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2008 second-round draft pick (40th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (4), Goals (0), Assists (0), Points (0), PIM (0)

Update: Minnesota improved in their national rankings from 7th to 5th after going 1-0-1 against Wisconsin over the weekend. Ness has yet to record a point in four games.
 
 
Name: Jyri Niemi
Position: Defenseman
Team: Saskatoon (11-4-1-0)^
League: WHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 third-round draft pick (72nd overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (8), Goals (0), Assists (4), Points (4), PIM (12)

Update: Saskatoon continues to lead their division after going 3-0-1-0 last week. Niemi earned an assist in Saskatoon's 5-4 win over Kootenay on Saturday.
 
 
Name: Kevin Poulin
Position: Goaltender
Team: Victoriaville (10-9-0-0)^
League: QMJHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 fifth-round draft pick (126th overall)
Stats to date: Record (7-6-0), GAA (3.12), SV% (.897)

Update: Poulin went 1-2 last week, earning a 4-2 win over Lewiston on Saturday after making 30 saves.



Name: Rhett Rakhshani
Position: Right Wing
Team: Denver (4-1-0, WCHA 2-0-0)
League: WCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fourth round draft pick (100th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (5), Goals (1), Assists (5), Points (6), PIM (12)

Update: Rakhshani and Denver split their weekend series against Ohio State. Rakhshani picked up an assist in Denver's 4-3 loss on Saturday.



Name: Stefan Ridderwall
Position: Goaltender
Team: Djurgardens (5-7-4)
League: Swedish Elite League
Acquired: Islanders 2006 sixth round draft pick (173rd overall)
Stats to date: GAA (2.55), SV% (.902)

Update: Ridderwall went 1-1 this week, earning a 5-4 win over Lulea on Thursday.



Name: Shane Sims
Position: Defenseman
Team: Ohio State (2-3-1, CCHA 1-2-1)
League: CCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fifth round draft pick (126th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (6), Goals (0), Assists (2), Points (2), PIM (6)

Update: While on the road, Ohio State earned a split against then No. 2 Denver. Following a 3-1 loss on Friday, Ohio State turned out a gutsy performance on Saturday. After falling behind 3-1, early in the second period, Ohio State stormed back with three unanswered goals, including two in the third period. Sims picked up an assist in Ohio State's lone goal on Friday.


Name: Jared Spurgeon
Position: Defenseman
Team: Spokane (9-2-0-3)^
League: WHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 sixth-round draft pick (156th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (10), Goals (0), Assists (7), Points (7), PIM (6)

Update: Spokane went 1-1-0-0 last week, but Spurgeon did not play.
 
 


Name: Corey Trivino
Position: Center
Team: Boston University (4-1-0, Hockey East 1-1-0)
League: Hockey East
Acquired: Islanders 2008 second-round draft pick (36th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (4), Goals (0), Assists (1), Points (1), PIM (0)

Update: BU had a big 7-2 win over powerhouse Michigan on Saturday. Trivino did not skate in the game.
 
 

Name: David Ullstrom
Position: Center/Left Wing
Team: Boras (3-9-2)
League: Allsvenskan (SWE)
Acquired: Islanders 2008 fourth-round draft pick (102nd overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (14), Goals (8), Assists (5), Points (13), PIM (22)

Update: Ullstrom leads Boras in goals and points. He totaled a goal and an assist in Boras' 6-1 win over Bofors on Friday.


Name: Jase Weslosky
Position: Goaltender
Team: St. Cloud State (3-3-0, WCHA 0-2-0)   
League: WCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fourth round draft pick (108th overall)
Stats to date: Record (2-2-0), GAA (2.52), SV% (.919)

Update: Weslosky earned a win in his lone start over the weekend. St. Cloud salvaged a split against Bemidji State with a 5-3 win on Saturday.
 


^ In the WHL, OHL and QMJHL, the points system is as follows: Wins (2 pts.)-Losses (0 pts.)-OT Losses (1 pt.)-Shootout Losses (1 pt.).

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