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NYI WEEKLY PROSPECT WATCH: December 3

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

Each Monday you can find out how the Islanders prospects situated throughout the globe have fared during the week.



Name: Emil Axelsson
Position: Defenseman
Team: Vasteras (12-7-3)
League: HockeyAllsvenskan (SWE)
Acquired: Islanders 2004 seventh round draft pick (210th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (21), Goals (0), Assists (1), Points (1), PIM (51)

Update:  Axelsson's Vasteras went 1-1-0 this week and sit fifth in the league standings. The Vasteras defense has allowed the fourth fewest goals on the season.


Name: Brian Day
Position: Right Wing
Team: Colgate (7-7-2, ECACHL (1-3-2)
League: ECACHL
Acquired: Islanders 2006 sixth-round draft pick (171st overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (14), Goals (8), Assists (5), Points (13), PIM (19)

Update: Day recorded a goal and two assists in Colgate's weekend sweep of Robert Morris. The freshman forward leads the team with eight goals and is tied for them team lead with two game-winners. Day has tallied three goals and five assists in his past six games.


Name: Robin Figren
Position: Left Wing
Team: Edmonton (11-14-2-3)^
League: WHL
Acquired: Islanders 2006 third-round draft pick (70th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (23), Goals (12), Assists (10), Points (22), PIM (28)

Update: Figren is out with an injury.


Name: Max Gratchev
Position: Left Wing
Team: Rimouski (12-20-1-0)^
League: QMJHL
Acquired: Islanders 2007 fourth-round draft pick (106th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (14), Goals (3), Assists (5), Points (8), PIM (16)

Update: Gratchev did not record a point in two losses this week for Rimouski.


Name: Jason Gregoire
Position: Left Wing
Team: Lincoln (8-10-2)
League: USHL
Acquired: Islanders 2007 third-round draft pick (76th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (20), Goals (9), Assists (16), Points (25), PIM (19)

Update: Gregoire recorded a goal and an assist in a pair of games this weekend.


Name: Shea Guthrie
Position: Wing
Team: Clarkson (10-5-0, ECACHL (6-2-0)
League: ECACHL
Acquired: Islanders 2005 third round draft pick (76th overall)
Stats to date: GP (14), Goals (3), Assists (6), Points (9), PIM (0)

Update: Guthrie did not register a point in Clarkson's only game this weekend – a 4-2 loss to rival St. Lawrence.


Name: Jesse Joensuu
Position: Wing
Team: Assat (7-17-4)
League: SM-Liiga (FIN)
Acquired: Islanders 2006 second round draft pick (60th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (28), Goals (8), Assists (5), Points (13)

Update: Joensuu scored two goals and added two assists in three games this week for Assat.


Name: Kim Johansson
Position: Center
Team: Malmo - Allsvenskan (15-4-3), J20 (10-12-3)
League: Allsvenskan, J20 (SWE)
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fifth round draft pick (141st overall)
Stats to date: Allsvenskan: Games Played (16), Goals (0), Assists (1), Points (1), PIM (22), J20: GP (13), G (3), A (7), Pts. (10), PIM (14)

Update: Johansson went scoreless in two games this week with Malmo of Allsvenskan.


Name: Mark Katic
Position: Defenseman
Team: Sarnia (17-12-0-0)^
League: OHL
Acquired: Islanders 2007 third-round draft pick (62nd overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (17), Goals (0), Assists (9), Points (9), PIM (18)

Update: Katic assisted on a power play goal in Sarnia's 4-3 win over Plymouth on Sunday. Katic leads the team with a +7 rating.


Name: Blake Kessel
Position: Defenseman
Team: Waterloo (10-4-4)
League: USHL
Acquired: Islanders 2007 sixth-round draft pick (166th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (17) Goals (7), Assists (4), Points (11), PIM (6)

Update: Kessel was scoreless in two games this weekend for Waterloo.


Name: Simon Lacroix
Position: Defenseman
Team: Shawinigan (13-15-0-2)^
League: QMJHL
Acquired: Islanders 2007 seventh round draft pick (196th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (28), Goals (3), Assists (11), Points (14), PIM (27)

Update: Lacroix posted no points in three Shawinigan losses.


Name: Tomas Marcinko
Position: Center
Team: Barrie (17-11-1-1)^
League: OHL
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fourth round draft pick (114th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (18), Goals (11), Assists (9), Points (20), PIM (14)

Update: After sitting out for nearly a month, Marcinko assisted on two goals in Barrie's 3-1 win over Sudbury. He followed that up with an assist the following night in another victory over Sudbury.


Name: Tyrell Mason
Position: Defensemen
Team: Clarkson (10-5-0, ECACHL 6-2-0)
League: ECACHL
Acquired: Islanders 2005 sixth round draft pick (180th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (15), Goals (0), Assists (2), Points (2), PIM (0)

Update: Mason did not register a point in Clarkson's only game this weekend – a 4-2 loss to rival St. Lawrence.


Name: Kyle Okposo
Position: Right Wing
Team: Minnesota (8-7-1, 4-6-0 WCHA)
League: WCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2006 first round draft pick (7th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (16), Goals (6), Assists (4), Points (10), PIM (0)

Update: Okposo registered a goal and an assist in Minnesota's 3-1 win over Michigan Tech on Saturday. The sophomore forward is tied for the team lead with six goals and leads the team with three power play tallies.


Name: Rhett Rakhshani
Position: Right Wing
Team: Denver (10-4-0, 7-3-0 WCHA)
League: WCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fourth round draft pick (100th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (12), Goals (3), Assists (7), Points (10), PIM (24)

Update: Denver went 1-1 this week and currently ranks fourth in the nation. Rakhshani was scoreless this weekend.


Name: Stefan Ridderwall
Position: Goaltender
Team: Djurgardens - Elite (11-11-4)
League: Elite League
Acquired: Islanders 2006 sixth round draft pick (173rd overall)
Stats to date: Elite: Record (2-2-0), GAA (2.62), SV% (.903)

Update: Ridderwall allowed two goals in relief during Djurgardens' 5-2 loss to Lulea on Tuesday.


Name: Doug Rogers
Position: Center
Team: Harvard (6-2-1), 5-2-1 ECACHL)
League: ECACHL
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fourth round draft pick (100th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (9), Goals (2), Assists (3), Points (5), PIM (6)

Update: Rogers did not register a point this week for 13th ranked Harvard.


Name: Shane Sims
Position: Defenseman
Team: Ohio State (4-11-1, CCHA (2-8-0)
League: CCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fifth round draft pick (126th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (14), Goals (0), Assists (1), Points (1), PIM (14)

Update: The Buckeys stunned then #2 ranked Michigan with a split at Yost Arena in Ann Arbour.


Name: Igor Volkov
Position: Forward
Team: Ufa (25-0-2-1-4)*
League: Russian Super League
Acquired: Islanders 2003 eighth round draft pick (246th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (29), Goals (10), Assists (4), Points (14), PIM (8)

Update: Volkov scored one goal in two games this week for Ufa.


Name: Jase Weslosky
Position: Goaltender
Team: St. Cloud State (7-5-2, 3-4-1 WCHA)   
League: WCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fourth round draft pick (108th overall)
Stats to date: Record (6-5-0), GAA (2.03), SV% (.932)

Update: Weslosky dropped a pair of decisions to then ranked #4 Colorado College.



* In the Russian Super League, the points system is as follows: Wins (3 pts.)-OT Wins (2 pts.)-Ties (1 pt.)-OT Losses (1 pt.)-Losses (0 pts.).

^ 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.).

* In the Russian Super League, the points system is as follows: Wins (3 pts.)-OT Wins (2 pts.)-Ties (1 pt.)-OT Losses (1 pt.)-Losses (0 pts.).

^ 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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