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by Staff Writer / New York Islanders
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By Jason Lockhart

Islanders 2007 draft pick Max Gratchev, who totaled five goals and four assists in his past four games, helped Lewiston end Shawinigan's 15-game winning streak. He recorded five points in a 9-3 victory. Also, Victoriaville goaltender Kevin Poulin put together his best run of the season with a perfect 3-0-0 week. Check out how all of the Islanders prospects did last week in this edition of NYI Weekly Prospect Watch.


 
Player Spotlights
 
Name: Travis Hamonic
Position: Defenseman
Team: Moose Jaw (7-19-0-1)^
League: WHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 second-round draft pick (53rd overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (23), Goals (3), Assists (11), Points (14), PIM (49)

Update: Hamonic will by vying for a spot on Canada's 2009 World Junior Championship squad at the upcoming selection camp. Hamonic played in one game of the 2008 ADT Canada-Russia Challenge, in which the WHL All Stars competed. He did not earn any points in the 5-0 WHL win. 

What the Scouts are Saying: "Travis played to his role very well, taking care of business in his own zone, while being strong and physical."
 
- Ryan Jankowski
Assistant GM/Director of Amateur Scouting



 
Name: Jared Spurgeon
Position: Defenseman
Team: Spokane (17-9-0-3)
League: WHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 sixth-round draft pick (156th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (19), Goals (1), Assists (11), Points (12), PIM (6)

Update: Spurgeon played in both of the WHL’s games in the 2008 ADT Canada-Russia Challenge. Spurgeon had an assist in the first game and did not record any points in the WHL’s 2-1 win in the second game. He also recorded a goal and two assists in three games with Spokane.
 
 What the Scouts are Saying:  "Jared showed his hockey sense and jumped up into the rush, being an option offensively."
 
- Ryan Jankowski



Name: Brian Day
Position: Right Wing
Team: Colgate (4-6-2, ECAC (1-3-2)
League: ECAC
Acquired: Islanders 2006 sixth-round draft pick (171st overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (9), Goals (7), Assists (1), Points (8), PIM (4)

Update: Day did not play in Colgate's losses to Denver and Colorado College last week.





Name: Justin DiBenedetto
Position: Left Wing
Team: Sarnia (12-13-2-1)^
League: OHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 sixth-round draft pick (175th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (23), Goals (17), Assists (20), Points (37), PIM (42)

Update: Sarnia had a tough week, losing two games in regulation and one in overtime. DiBenedetto's lone point in the week was an assist in Sarnia's 4-3 loss to Plymouth on Friday.




Name: Matt Donovan
Position: Defenseman
Team: Cedar Rapids (14-4-0)
League: USHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 fourth-round draft pick (96th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (15), Goals (3), Assists (7), Points (10), PIM (12)

Update: Donovan scored two goals and added an assist––all on the power play––in Cedar Rapids' 5-4 loss to Waterloo on Thursday.


 


Name: Robin Figren
Position: Left Wing
Team: Djurgardens (7-13-9)
League: Swedish Elite League
Acquired: Islanders 2006 third-round draft pick (70th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (23), Goals (2), Assists (5), Points (7), PIM (16)

Update: Djurgardens went 1-2-1 last week, but Figren did not record any points in the games.





Name: Max Gratchev
Position: Left Wing
Team: Lewiston (11-19-0-0)^
League: QMJHL
Acquired: Islanders 2007 fourth-round draft pick (106th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (27), Goals (12), Assists (18), Points (30), PIM (44)

Update: In four games over the past week, Gratchev has earned five goals and four assists. He recorded a five point night (3-2) in a 7-3 win over Shawinigan last Wednesday. He followed that up with a two-goal effort in a 7-2 win over Acadie-Bathurst. This Tuesday, he tallied a goal and an assist in a 5-2 loss to Rimouski. Gratchev is tied for the team-lead in goals and is the leader in assists and points.



Name: Jason Gregoire
Position: Left Wing
Team: North Dakota (5-8-1, WCHA 4-5-1)
League: WCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2007 third-round draft pick (76th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (14), Goals (4), Assists (5), Points (9), PIM (0)

Update: Gregoire had his most productive weekend to date, recording three assists in North Dakota's 7-3 defeat of Cornell. The Fighting Sioux lost to the Big Red the following night 2-1. Gregoire leads all North Dakota freshmen in assists and points.



Name: Shea Guthrie
Position: Wing
Team: Clarkson (2-7-3, ECAC 1-5-0)
League: ECAC
Acquired: Islanders 2005 third round draft pick (76th overall)
Stats to date: GP (8), Goals (1), Assists (2), Points (3), PIM (0)

Update: Guthrie picked up an assists in Clarkson's 4-3 overtime loss to Canisius on Friday. He then scored his first goal of the season the following day in a 2-2 tie to the same opponent.



Name: Mark Katic
Position: Defenseman
Team: Sarnia (12-13-2-1)^
League: OHL
Acquired: Islanders 2007 third-round draft pick (62nd overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (23), Goals (4), Assists (13), Points (17), PIM (18)

Update: Katic totaled two assists in three games last week for Sarnia. He leads all Sarnia defensemen in goals, assists and points.

 
 

Name: Blake Kessel
Position: Defenseman
Team: New Hampshire (5-6-3, Hockey East 3-4-2)
League: Hockey East
Acquired: Islanders 2007 sixth-round draft pick (166th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (13) Goals (1), Assists (2), Points (3), PIM (8)

Update: Kessel was named to the United States' 2009 World Junior Championship Team. The tournament begins on December 26 in Ottawa. New Hampshire lost their only game last week to Merrimack.

 
 
 
Name: Simon Lacroix
Position: Defenseman
Team: Shawinigan (24-5-0-0)^
League: QMJHL
Acquired: Islanders 2007 seventh round draft pick (196th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (23), Goals (7), Assists (19), Points (26), PIM (26)

Update: Shawinigan finally lost for the first time in 16 games, dropping a 9-3 decision to Lewiston, courtesy of a five-point effort by Islanders prospect Max Gratchev. But they began a new winning streak, knocking off Chicoutimi and Baie-Comeau. Lacroix earned three assists in the two wins.
 


Name: Matt Martin
Position: Left Wing
Team: Sarnia (12-13-2-1)^
League: OHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 fifth-round draft pick (148th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (23), Goals (15), Assists (12), Points (27), PIM (54)
 
Update: Martin earned a lone assist in three games last week.
 



Name: Tyrell Mason
Position: Defensemen
Team: Clarkson (2-7-3, ECAC 1-5-0)
League: ECAC
Acquired: Islanders 2005 sixth round draft pick (180th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (10), Goals (0), Assists (1), Points (1), PIM (0)

Update: Clarkson went 0-1-1 last week. The Golden Knights haven't won in their past seven contests.
 


 
Name: Aaron Ness
Position: Defenseman
Team: Minnesota (7-2-5, WCHA 6-1-3)
League: WCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2008 second-round draft pick (40th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (14), Goals (0), Assists (6), Points (6), PIM (4)

Update: After going undefeated in their first 11 games, the Minnesota Golden Gophers have gone 0-2-1, including a loss to Michigan and a tie to Michigan State in the College Hockey Showcase. Ness earned an assist in each game, including the primary helper on the game-tying goal on Saturday.
 
 
 
Name: Jyri Niemi
Position: Defenseman
Team: Saskatoon (21-7-2-0)^
League: WHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 third-round draft pick (72nd overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (22), Goals (1), Assists (8), Points (9), PIM (24)

Update: Niemi helped Saskatoon to a 4-0-0-0 week. He assisted on a goal in each of his past two games.

 
 
 
Name: Kevin Poulin
Position: Goaltender
Team: Victoriaville (14-17-0-0)^
League: QMJHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 fifth-round draft pick (126th overall)
Stats to date: Record (11-13-0), GAA (3.31), SV% (.895)

Update: Poulin led Victoriaville to a 3-0-0-0 week, earning a win in all three contests. Last Tuesday, Poulin stopped all three shooters in a 5-4 shootout victory over Val-d'Or. Poulin made 33 saves in the game. On Friday, Poulin made 26 saves in a 5-3 win over Gatineau. Poulin completed the perfect week with a 37-save effort in a 4-1 win over Lewiston. He was named the game's Second Star.



Name: Rhett Rakhshani
Position: Right Wing
Team: Denver (9-5-1, WCHA 5-4-1)
League: WCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fourth round draft pick (100th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (14), Goals (7), Assists (6), Points (13), PIM (20)
 
Update: Denver jumped up a spot in the rankings to No. 8 with wins over Colgate and No. 11 Air Force. Rakhshani had a hand in the 4-1 victory over Air Force, contributing two goals.



Name: Stefan Ridderwall
Position: Goaltender
Team: Djurgardens (7-13-9)
League: Swedish Elite League
Acquired: Islanders 2006 sixth round draft pick (173rd overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (20), GAA (2.80), SV% (.898)

Update: Ridderwall won his only start this week––a 4-2 decision over Timra. He made 15 saves.
 


 
Name:Doug Rogers
Position: Center
Team: Harvard (4-4-2, 4-3-2 ECAC)
League: ECAC
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fourth round draft pick (100th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (10), Goals (0), Assists (4), Points (4), PIM (10)
 
Update: Harvard lost 5-1 to Boston College on Friday in their only contest of the week.
 



Name: Shane Sims
Position: Defenseman
Team: Ohio State (8-6-1, CCHA 6-5-1-1)
League: CCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fifth round draft pick (126th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (15), Goals (0), Assists (4), Points (4), PIM (14)

Update: Ohio State continues to make great strides after a dismal 2007-08 season. It swept Nebraska-Omaha to move over the .500 mark. Sims earned an assist in the 3-2 win on Saturday.
 
 
 
Name: David Toews
Position: Center
Team: North Dakota (5-8-1, WCHA 4-5-1)
League: WCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2008 third-round draft pick (66 overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (9), Goals (0), Assists (2), Points (2), PIM (4)
 
Update: Toews did not earn any points last weekend as North Dakota went 1-1-0 against Cornell.
 


 

Name: Corey Trivino
Position: Center
Team: Boston University (9-4-0, Hockey East 4-4-0)
League: Hockey East
Acquired: Islanders 2008 second-round draft pick (36th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (6), Goals (0), Assists (1), Points (1), PIM (2)


Update: Boston University picked up wins over Holy Cross and St. Lawrence. Trivino played in one game, but did not record any points. BU went from No. 8 to No. 7 in the rankings.
 
 

Name: David Ullstrom
Position: Center/Left Wing
Team: Boras (8-12-4), HV-71 (9-8-11)
League: Allsvenskan (SWE), Elite (SWE)
Acquired: Islanders 2008 fourth-round draft pick (102nd overall)
Stats to date: Boras: Games Played (14), Goals (8), Assists (5), Points (13), PIM (22); HV-71: GP (7), G (0), A (1), P (1), PIM (2)

Update: Ullstrom returned to action, but did not earn any points in one contest.




Name: Jase Weslosky
Position: Goaltender
Team: St. Cloud State (8-6-0, WCHA 3-5-0)   
League: WCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fourth round draft pick (108th overall)
Stats to date: Record (6-5-0), GAA (2.38), SV% (.926)
           
Update: Weslosky dropped a 5-1 decision to Minnesota-Duluth 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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