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NYI Prospect Watch

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

By Jason Lockhart


 
Prospect Watch presented by Pulte
With the second half of the season underway, Islanders prospects across North America and Europe have been leading the way for their respective teams. One of the hottest teams in college hockey over the past two months has been Ohio State, which is 11-0-1 in its past 12 games. Shane Sims has led the way with points in nine-straight games during the stretch.
 
In other college action, defenseman Aaron Ness has been a workhorse for No. 6 Minnesota, earning Defensive Player and Rookie of the Week honors over the past month. Also, Jason Gregoire has put together a nice string of weekends to help lead North Dakota back over the .500 mark.
 
Check out how all of the Islanders prospects have done in this week’s edition of NYI Weekly Prospect Watch
 
Name: Brian Day
Position: Right Wing
Team: Colgate (6-11-5, ECAC (1-6-3)
League: ECAC
Acquired: Islanders 2006 sixth-round draft pick (171st overall)

Stats to date: Games Played (19), Goals (9), Assists (3), Points (12), PIM (14)

Update: Day ranks third on the team in goals and points.
 
Name: Justin DiBenedetto
Position: Left Wing
Team: Sarnia (22-19-2-3)^
League: OHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 sixth-round draft pick (175th overall)

Stats to date: Games Played (41), Goals (30), Assists (31), Points (61), PIM (64)

Update: With four goals and four assists in the past four games, DiBenedetto has moved into third place in league scoring. He is fourth in goals in the OHL.
 
Name: Matt Donovan
Position: Defenseman
Team: Cedar Rapids (20-8-3)
League: USHL

Acquired: Islanders 2008 fourth-round draft pick (96th overall)

Stats to date: Games Played (28), Goals (9), Assists (13), Points (22), PIM (16)

Update: Donovan’s 22 points rank third in the USHL among defensemen.
 
Name: Robin Figren
Position: Left Wing
Team: Djurgardens (13-17-12)
League: Swedish Elite League
Acquired: Islanders 2006 third-round draft pick (70th overall)

Stats to date: Games Played (36), Goals (2), Assists (6), Points (8), PIM (20)

Update: Figren earned an assist in Djurgardens’ 5-1 win over Linkopings on Jan. 12.
 
Name: Max Gratchev
Position: Left Wing
Team: Lewiston (16-32-0-0)^
League: QMJHL
Acquired: Islanders 2007 fourth-round draft pick (106th overall)

Stats to date: Games Played (44), Goals (23), Assists (25), Points (48), PIM (82)

Update: Gratchev is tied for first on Lewiston in goals and leads the way in points.
 
Name: Jason Gregoire
Position: Left Wing
Team: North Dakota (14-10-2, WCHA 9-5-2)
League: WCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2007 third-round draft pick (76th overall)

Stats to date: Games Played (26), Goals (9), Assists (9), Points (18), PIM (0)

Update: Gregoire has been very productive over the past month. He recorded points in five games, before being held off the scoresheet this past Saturday. He ranks tied for third in goals and tied for fourth in points on North Dakota.
 
Name: Shea Guthrie
Position: Wing
Team: Clarkson (5-13-4, ECAC 3-6-1)
League: ECAC
Acquired: Islanders 2005 third round draft pick (76th overall)

Stats to date: GP (16), Goals (4), Assists (5), Points (9), PIM (0)

Update: After recovering from injury, Guthrie’s production is starting to come around. He has recorded three goals and three assists in the past five games.
 
Name: Travis Hamonic
Position: Defenseman
Team: Moose Jaw (7-21-0-1)^
League: WHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 second-round draft pick (53rd overall)

Stats to date: Games Played (40), Goals (9), Assists (22), Points (31), PIM (92)

Update: Hamonic is first among Moose Jaw defensemen in goals, assists and points.
 
Name: Mark Katic
Position: Defenseman
Team: Sarnia (22-19-2-3)^
League: OHL
Acquired: Islanders 2007 third-round draft pick (62nd overall)

Stats to date: Games Played (41), Goals (7), Assists (23), Points (30), PIM (26)

Update: Katic is first among Sarnia defensemen in goals, assists and points.
 
Name: Blake Kessel
Position: Defenseman
Team: New Hampshire (11-6-4, Hockey East 7-4-3)
League: Hockey East
Acquired: Islanders 2007 sixth-round draft pick (166th overall)

Stats to date: Games Played (20) Goals (3), Assists (4), Points (7), PIM (14)

Update: Kessel leads all New Hampshire defensemen in goals. UNH is 11th in the country.
 
Name: Simon Lacroix
Position: Defenseman
Team: Shawinigan (27-5-0-0)^
League: QMJHL
Acquired: Islanders 2007 seventh round draft pick (196th overall)

Stats to date: Games Played (42), Goals (9), Assists (29), Points (38), PIM (34)

Update: Lacroix is second in goals, tied for first in assists and second in points among Shawinigan defensemen.
 
Name: Matt Martin
Position: Left Wing
Team: Sarnia (22-19-2-3)^
League: OHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 fifth-round draft pick (148th overall)

Stats to date: Games Played (41), Goals (23), Assists (20), Points (43), PIM (78)

Update: Sarnia has earned at least one point in its past six games. Martin has totaled three assists in this span. Martin ranks third on the team in goals and points.
 

Name: Tyrell Mason
Position: Defensemen
Team: Clarkson (5-13-4, ECAC 3-6-1)
League: ECAC
Acquired: Islanders 2005 sixth round draft pick (180th overall)

Stats to date: Games Played (19), Goals (0), Assists (1), Points (1), PIM (0)
 
Update: Clarkson defeated ECAC rivals, Yale and Brown, this past weekend.
 
Name: Aaron Ness
Position: Defenseman
Team: Minnesota (12-5-5, WCHA 9-4-3)
League: WCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2008 second-round draft pick (40th overall)

Stats to date: Games Played (22), Goals (1), Assists (12), Points (13), PIM (6)

Update: Ness earned four assists in a Minnesota sweep of St. Cloud State this past weekend, receiving WCHA Rookie of the Week honors. After recording a goal and two assists the first weekend in January, he was named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week.
 

Name: Jyri Niemi
Position: Defenseman
Team: Saskatoon (32-11-3-1)^
League: WHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 third-round draft pick (72nd overall)

Stats to date: Games Played (35), Goals (4), Assists (10), Points (14), PIM (36)

Update: Niemi recorded the game-winning goal 36 seconds into the third period of a 3-1 win against Kootenay this past Sunday.
 
Name: Kevin Poulin
Position: Goaltender
Team: Victoriaville (25-21-0-1)^
League: QMJHL 
Acquired: Islanders 2008 fifth-round draft pick (126th overall)

Stats to date: Record (16-15-0), GAA (3.07), SV% (.904)

Update: Victoriaville has won six of its last seven games. Poulin was named QMJHL player of the week in late December after posting a 1.51 GAA and .961 SV% the week of the 15th.
 
Name: Rhett Rakhshani
Position: Right Wing
Team: Denver (15-6-2, WCHA 11-4-1)
League: WCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fourth round draft pick (100th overall)

Stats to date: Games Played (22), Goals (10), Assists (11) Points (21), PIM (30)

Update: Rakhshani is tied for second in points scored for the WCHA-leading University of Denver.
 
Name: Stefan Ridderwall
Position: Goaltender
Team: Djurgardens (13-17-12) 
League: Swedish Elite League
Acquired: Islanders 2006 sixth round draft pick (173rd overall)

Stats to date: Games Played (26), GAA (2.81), SV% (.900)
 
Update: Djurgardens has won its past three games.
 
Name:Doug Rogers
Position: Center
Team: Harvard (4-11-3, 4-6-3 ECAC)
League: ECAC
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fourth round draft pick (100th overall)

Stats to date: Games Played (18), Goals (0), Assists (7), Points (7), PIM (36)

Update: Rogers is tied for the team lead in assists.
 
Name: Shane Sims
Position: Defenseman
Team: Ohio State (16-6-2, CCHA 9-5-2-2)
League: CCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fifth round draft pick (126th overall)

Stats to date: Games Played (24), Goals (3), Assists (14), Points (17), PIM (28)

Update:  Until Ohio State’s most recent game, Sims had scored at least one point in nine straight.  He now leads the team in scoring among defensemen. Ohio State won their past twelve games, including a shootout victory against Ferris State.
 
Name: Jared Spurgeon
Position: Defenseman
Team: Spokane (27-14-0-3)
League: WHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 sixth-round draft pick (156th overall)

Stats to date: Games Played (33), Goals (5), Assists (15), Points (20), PIM (16)

Update:  At +15, Spurgeon currently ranks third among all Spokane skaters, and first among defensemen.
 
Name: David Toews
Position: Center
Team: North Dakota (14-10-2, WCHA 9-5-2)
League: WCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2008 third-round draft pick (66th overall)

Stats to date: Games Played (19), Goals (4), Assists (5), Points (9), PIM (4)
 
Update: With nine points, Toews currently ranks third in scoring among North Dakota freshmen.
 
Name: Corey Trivino
Position: Center
Team: Boston University (16-5-1, Hockey East 9-5-1)
League: Hockey East
Acquired: Islanders 2008 second-round draft pick (36th overall)

Stats to date: Games Played (14), Goals (1), Assists (4), Points (5), PIM (8)

Update: Trivino and the Boston University Terriers have gone 9-1-1 in their past 11 games, and are currently ranked second in the nation.
 
Name: David Ullstrom
Position: Center/Left Wing
Team: HV-71 (18-10-15)
League: Elite (SWE)
Acquired: Islanders 2008 fourth-round draft pick (102nd overall)

Stats to date: Games Played (10), Goals (0), Assists (2), Points (2), PIM (2)

Update: Ullstrom recently tallied his second point of the season, his first since coming back from an injury.
 
Name: Jase Weslosky
Position: Goaltender
Team: St. Cloud State (12-11-1, WCHA 7-9-0)    
League: WCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fourth round draft pick (108th overall)
Stats to date: Record (10-7-0), GAA (2.92), SV% (.910)


Update: Weslosky is 2-1-0 the past two weeks. He was named WCHA player of the week two weeks ago, after St. Cloud State swept a two-game series from Minnesota-Duluth.















 

^ 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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