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NYI Prospect Watch

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

By Jason Lockhart

 
Islanders 2007 draft pick Max Gratchev continues to climb the QMJHL leaderboard, producing a hat trick in Lewiston's 3-1 win over Val-d'Or on Sunday. Sarnia's Justin DiBenedetto also had a good week, recording four points in three games.
 
In collegiate hockey, Islanders 2006 draft pick Shane Sims and his Ohio State Buckeyes kept up their winning ways with a sweep of Bentley. Sims recorded three assists in the two games, as Ohio State won for its ninth time in 10 games. Check out how all of the Islanders prospects did last week in this edition of NYI Weekly Prospect Watch.
 
 

Name: Brian Day
Position: Right Wing
Team: Colgate (4-7-3, ECAC (1-4-3)
League: ECAC
Acquired: Islanders 2006 sixth-round draft pick (171st overall)

Stats to date: Games Played (11), Goals (9), Assists (2), Points (11), PIM (8)

Update: Colgate did not play last week. The Raiders return to action on December 27, when they face Maine at the Florida College Classic. In the other semifinal of the tournament is St. Cloud and Cornell.

 

Name: Justin DiBenedetto
Position: Left Wing
Team: Sarnia (15-15-2-2)^
League: OHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 sixth-round draft pick (175th overall)

Stats to date: Games Played (29), Goals (20), Assists (23), Points (43), PIM (48)

Update: In three games last week, DiBenedetto recorded two goals and two assists. He was named the Third Star of the Game after scoring a goal and adding an assist in Sarnia's 2-1 win over Erie on Friday.


 
Name: Matt Donovan
Position: Defenseman
Team: Cedar Rapids (15-6-1)
League: USHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 fourth-round draft pick (96th overall)

Stats to date: Games Played (19), Goals (7), Assists (8), Points (15), PIM (12)

Update: Donovan scored two goals in Cedar Rapids' 3-2 overtime loss to Omaha on Friday.
 

 
Name: Robin Figren
Position: Left Wing
Team: Djurgardens (8-14-11)
League: Swedish Elite League
Acquired: Islanders 2006 third-round draft pick (70th overall)

Stats to date: Games Played (27), Goals (2), Assists (5), Points (7), PIM (16)

Update: Figren did not record any points in two games last week.



Name: Max Gratchev
Position: Left Wing
Team: Lewiston (13-22-0-0)^
League: QMJHL
Acquired: Islanders 2007 fourth-round draft pick (106th overall)

Stats to date: Games Played (32), Goals (16), Assists (20), Points (36), PIM (61)

Update: Gratchev scored a hat trick in Lewiston's 3-1 win over Val-d'Or on Sunday. Gratchev's three goals moved him into the top 20 in goal scoring in the QMJHL.
 

 
Name: Jason Gregoire
Position: Left Wing
Team: North Dakota (9-8-1, WCHA 6-5-1)
League: WCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2007 third-round draft pick (76th overall)

Stats to date: Games Played (18), Goals (4), Assists (6), Points (10), PIM (0)

Update: North Dakota completed its second weekend sweep in two weeks, knocking off St. Cloud twice at home. Gregoire assisted on David Toews' goal in North Dakota's 7-4 victory on Saturday. The two wins moved North Dakota into the top 20 national rankings.


 
Name: Shea Guthrie
Position: Wing
Team: Clarkson (2-8-4, ECAC 1-6-1)
League: ECAC
Acquired: Islanders 2005 third round draft pick (76th overall)

Stats to date: GP (10), Goals (1), Assists (2), Points (3), PIM (0)

Update: Clarkson did not play last week. The Golden Knights return to action this weekend with a two-game series at Bowling Green.

 

Name: Travis Hamonic
Position: Defenseman
Team: Moose Jaw (10-21-0-1)^
League: WHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 second-round draft pick (53rd overall)

Stats to date: Games Played (26), Goals (4), Assists (12), Points (16), PIM (51)

Update: Hamonic scored a goal in Moose Jaw's 6-3 win over Brandon on Tuesday. It was the team's only game of the week.

 

Name: Mark Katic
Position: Defenseman
Team: Sarnia (15-15-2-2)^
League: OHL
Acquired: Islanders 2007 third-round draft pick (62nd overall)

Stats to date: Games Played (29), Goals (5), Assists (15), Points (20), PIM (20)

Update: In three games last week, Katic finished with two assists.
 

 
Name: Blake Kessel
Position: Defenseman
Team: New Hampshire (8-6-3, Hockey East 5-4-2)
League: Hockey East
Acquired: Islanders 2007 sixth-round draft pick (166th overall)

Stats to date: Games Played (17) Goals (2), Assists (3), Points (5), PIM (14)

Update: After going winless in six games, New Hampshire has won three of four games, including a 9-4 victory over Holy Cross on Thursday. Kessel earned an assist in the game. UNH does not play again until January 4 at Maine.
 
 
 
Name: Simon Lacroix
Position: Defenseman
Team: Shawinigan (28-7-0-0)^
League: QMJHL
Acquired: Islanders 2007 seventh round draft pick (196th overall)

Stats to date: Games Played (29), Goals (8), Assists (23), Points (31), PIM (32)

Update: Shawinigan went 1-2-0 on the week. Lacroix earned an assist in the three games.
 

 
Name: Matt Martin
Position: Left Wing
Team: Sarnia (15-15-2-2)^
League: OHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 fifth-round draft pick (148th overall)

Stats to date: Games Played (29), Goals (17), Assists (13), Points (30), PIM (58)
 
Update: Martin finished with a goal and an assist, in Sarnia's three games last week.
 

 
Name: Tyrell Mason
Position: Defensemen
Team: Clarkson (2-8-4, ECAC 1-6-1)
League: ECAC
Acquired: Islanders 2005 sixth round draft pick (180th overall)

Stats to date: Games Played (13), Goals (0), Assists (1), Points (1), PIM (0)

Update: Clarkson did not play last week. The Golden Knights return to action this weekend with a two-game series at Bowling Green.
 

 
Name: Aaron Ness
Position: Defenseman
Team: Minnesota (8-3-5, WCHA 7-2-3)
League: WCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2008 second-round draft pick (40th overall)

Stats to date: Games Played (16), Goals (0), Assists (6), Points (6), PIM (6)

Update: Minnesota split its weekend series at home against Colorado College. The Golden Gophers won 4-1 on Friday, but lost 1-0 on Saturday. Ness went scoreless in the two games. Minnesota dropped from 2nd in the nation to 4th.
 
 
 
Name: Jyri Niemi
Position: Defenseman
Team: Saskatoon (24-9-2-0)^
League: WHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 third-round draft pick (72nd overall)

Stats to date: Games Played (27), Goals (1), Assists (8), Points (9), PIM (32)

Update: Saskatoon went 2-1-0-0 last week. Niemi did not record any points.
 

 
Name: Kevin Poulin
Position: Goaltender
Team: Victoriaville (17-18-0-1)^
League: QMJHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 fifth-round draft pick (126th overall)

Stats to date: Record (14-14-0), GAA (3.18), SV% (.899)

Update: After going 1-0-0-1 last week, Poulin has not lost in regulation in his past seven games, going 6-0-0-1 in that span. On Saturday, Poulin made 34 saves, but lost 3-2 in a shootout. The next day, Poulin won 3-2 in a shootout, stopping 30 shots, including all three in the skills competition.



Name: Rhett Rakhshani
Position: Right Wing
Team: Denver (13-5-1, WCHA 9-4-1)
League: WCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fourth round draft pick (100th overall)

Stats to date: Games Played (18), Goals (7), Assists (10), Points (17), PIM (24)
 
Update: Denver continued its winning ways, having won seven straight, including last weekend's two-game sweep of Minnesota State. Rakhshani earned an assist in Denver's 5-2 win on Saturday. The Pioneers will compete in the Denver Cup on January 2 against Holy Cross. Denver is now ranked 5th nationally after being 6th last week.
 
 

Name: Stefan Ridderwall
Position: Goaltender
Team: Djurgardens (8-14-11)
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 did not play in any games last week.
 

 

Name:Doug Rogers
Position: Center
Team: Harvard (4-6-2, 4-3-2 ECAC)
League: ECAC
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fourth round draft pick (100th overall)

Stats to date: Games Played (14), Goals (0), Assists (4), Points (4), PIM (22)
 
Update: Harvard had off last week and will return to the ice on December 27 against Lake Superior at the Badger Showdown in Madison.
 

 
Name: Shane Sims
Position: Defenseman
Team: Ohio State (11-6-1, CCHA 6-5-1-1)
League: CCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fifth round draft pick (126th overall)

Stats to date: Games Played (18), Goals (1), Assists (7), Points (8), PIM (18)

Update: Sims' Ohio State is one of the hottest teams in the league, having won six straight games and nine of 10, including a weekend sweep of Bentley. Sims recorded three assists on the weekend. He earned the primary assist on Ohio State's overtime game-winner on Saturday.
 
 
 
Name: Jared Spurgeon
Position: Defenseman
Team: Spokane (20-10-0-3)
League: WHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 sixth-round draft pick (156th overall)

Stats to date: Games Played (22), Goals (2), Assists (13), Points (15), PIM (6)

Update: Spurgeon picked up an assist in Spokane's 1-0 victory over Chilliwack on Tuesday.
 

 
Name: David Toews
Position: Center
Team: North Dakota (9-8-1, WCHA 6-5-1)
League: WCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2008 third-round draft pick (66th overall)

Stats to date: Games Played (13), Goals (3), Assists (3), Points (6), PIM (4)
 
Update: Toews scored in the third period to make it a 6-4 game over St. Cloud on Saturday. The Fighting Sioux would ultimately win 7-4 to complete the weekend sweep.
 
 
 
Name: Corey Trivino
Position: Center
Team: Boston University (11-4-1, Hockey East 6-4-1)
League: Hockey East
Acquired: Islanders 2008 second-round draft pick (36th overall)

Stats to date: Games Played (9), Goals (1), Assists (1), Points (2), PIM (6)

 
Update: In its only game last week, Boston University topped U Mass-Lowell 3-2 on Friday. Trivino did not record a point.  BU resumes play on January 2 versus RPI in Denver Cup. The win moved BU up from the No. 4 spot to the No. 3 spot, nationally.
 
 

Name: David Ullstrom
Position: Center/Left Wing
Team: HV-71 (11-9-13)
League: Elite (SWE)
Acquired: Islanders 2008 fourth-round draft pick (102nd overall)

Stats to date: Games Played (7), Goals (0), Assists (1), Points (1), PIM (2)

Update: Ullstrom did not play in either game last week.




Name: Jase Weslosky
Position: Goaltender
Team: St. Cloud State (10-8-0, WCHA 5-7-0)   
League: WCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fourth round draft pick (108th overall)

Stats to date: Record (8-6-0), GAA (2.62), SV% (.920)

Update: Weslosky had a rough weekend, allowing a combined seven goals in two losses to North Dakota. Weslosky picked up the loss in a 3-2 decision on Friday and had a no decision in the 7-4 game 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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