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NYI WEEKLY PROSPECT WATCH: NOVEMBER 26

by Jason Lockhart / 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 (11-6-3)
League: HockeyAllsvenskan (SWE)
Acquired: Islanders 2004 seventh round draft pick (210th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (19), Goals (0), Assists (1), Points (1), PIM (51)

Update:  Vasteras went 1-1-0 this week. Axelsson picked up two penalty minutes.


Name: Brian Day
Position: Right Wing
Team: Colgate (5-7-2, ECACHL (1-3-2)
League: ECACHL
Acquired: Islanders 2006 sixth-round draft pick (171st overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (12), Goals (7), Assists (3), Points (10), PIM (19)

Update: Day played set-up man this weekend, assisting on two Colgate goals in a 7-1 win over U Conn on Friday.


Name: Robin Figren
Position: Left Wing
Team: Edmonton (10-14-1-3)^
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 earned First Star of the Game honors in Edmonton's 6-3 win over Lethbridge on Wednesday. The Swede recorded one goal and two assists.


Name: Max Gratchev
Position: Left Wing
Team: Rimouski (12-17-1-0)^
League: QMJHL
Acquired: Islanders 2007 fourth-round draft pick (106th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (12), Goals (3), Assists (5), Points (8), PIM (14)

Update: Gratchev recorded a goal and an assist in two wins this weekend. Gratchev returned after missing the past 15 games with an injury.


Name: Jason Gregoire
Position: Left Wing
Team: Lincoln (5-8-2)
League: USHL
Acquired: Islanders 2007 third-round draft pick (76th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (18), Goals (8), Assists (15), Points (23), PIM (19)

Update: Gregoire recorded a goal and three assists in a 2-1 week for Lincoln. Gregoire is tied for fifth in the league with 23 points and tied for third with 15 assists.


Name: Shea Guthrie
Position: Wing
Team: Clarkson (10-4-0, ECACHL (6-1-0)
League: ECACHL
Acquired: Islanders 2005 third round draft pick (76th overall)
Stats to date: GP (13), Goals (3), Assists (6), Points (9), PIM (0)

Update: Guthrie scored the tying goal and then set-up the game-winner in Clarkson's 3-2 win over then #10 ranked St. Cloud on Saturday.


Name: Jesse Joensuu
Position: Wing
Team: Assat (6-15-4)
League: SM-Liiga (FIN)
Acquired: Islanders 2006 second round draft pick (60th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (25), Goals (6), Assists (3), Points (9)

Update: Joensuu scored a goal and added an assist in Assat's 3-0 win over the Pelicans on Saturday.


Name: Kim Johansson
Position: Center
Team: Malmo - Allsvenskan (14-4-2), J20 (9-11-2)
League: Allsvenskan, J20 (SWE)
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fifth round draft pick (141st overall)
Stats to date: Allsvenskan: Games Played (14), Goals (0), Assists (1), Points (1), PIM (18), J20: GP (13), G (3), A (7), Pts. (10), PIM (14)

Update: Johansson went scoreless in one game this week with Malmo of Allsvenskan.


Name: Mark Katic
Position: Defenseman
Team: Sarnia (15-11-0-0)^
League: OHL
Acquired: Islanders 2007 third-round draft pick (62nd overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (16), Goals (0), Assists (8), Points (8), PIM (18)

Update: Katic went scoreless in a 1-2 week for Sarnia.


Name: Blake Kessel
Position: Defenseman
Team: Waterloo (9-3-1)
League: USHL
Acquired: Islanders 2007 sixth-round draft pick (166th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (15) Goals (7), Assists (4), Points (11), PIM (6)

Update: Kessel scored two goals in Waterloo's 4-2 win over Chicago on Saturday. He has five goals and two assists in the five games since representing the US in international play.


Name: Simon Lacroix
Position: Defenseman
Team: Shawinigan (13-12-0-2)^
League: QMJHL
Acquired: Islanders 2007 seventh round draft pick (196th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (25), Goals (3), Assists (11), Points (14), PIM (27)

Update: Lacroix tallied the game-winning goal in Shawinigan's 4-1 win over Acadie-Bathurst on Sunday.


Name: Tomas Marcinko
Position: Center
Team: Barrie (15-10-1-1)^
League: OHL
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fourth round draft pick (114th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (15), Goals (11), Assists (6), Points (17), PIM (14)

Update: Marcinko is still out with an injury.


Name: Tyrell Mason
Position: Defensemen
Team: Clarkson (10-4-0, ECACHL 6-1-0)
League: ECACHL
Acquired: Islanders 2005 sixth round draft pick (180th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (14), Goals (0), Assists (2), Points (2), PIM (0)

Update: Mason and the Clarkson Golden are ranked ninth in the nation and has the NCAA's tenth-best defense.


Name: Kyle Okposo
Position: Right Wing
Team: Minnesota (7-6-1, 3-5-0 WCHA)
League: WCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2006 first round draft pick (7th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (14), Goals (5), Assists (3), Points (8), PIM (0)

Update: Okposo assisted on a goal in Minnesota's 3-3 tie against Michigan State at the Dodge Holiday Classic on Friday.


Name: Rhett Rakhshani
Position: Right Wing
Team: Denver (9-3-0, 6-2-0 WCHA)
League: WCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fourth round draft pick (100th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (10), Goals (3), Assists (7), Points (10), PIM (24)

Update: Rakhshani chipped in with a goal in Denver's 3-2 win over Colorado College on Saturday.


Name: Stefan Ridderwall
Position: Goaltender
Team: Djurgardens - Elite (10-8-4)
League: Elite League
Acquired: Islanders 2006 sixth round draft pick (173rd overall)
Stats to date: Elite: Record (2-2-0), GAA (2.53), SV% (.912)

Update: Ridderwall did not play this week.


Name: Doug Rogers
Position: Center
Team: Harvard (5-2-0), 4-2-0 ECACHL)
League: ECACHL
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fourth round draft pick (100th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (7), Goals (12, Assists (3), Points (4), PIM (4)

Update: Rogers scored the game-winner in Harvard's 2-1 defeat of city rival Boston University on Tuesday. The win pushed Harvard up the national rankings to 15.


Name: Shane Sims
Position: Defenseman
Team: Ohio State (3-10-1, CCHA (1-7-0)
League: CCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fifth round draft pick (126th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (12), Goals (0), Assists (1), Points (1), PIM (6)

Update: The Buckeys picked up their first conference win, downing Western Michigan 3-0 on Saturday.


Name: Igor Volkov
Position: Forward
Team: Ufa (24-0-1-1-4)*
League: Russian Super League
Acquired: Islanders 2003 eighth round draft pick (246th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (24), Goals (9), Assists (4), Points (13), PIM (8)

Update: Volkov scored three goals during Ufa's 3-0 week.


Name: Jase Weslosky
Position: Goaltender
Team: St. Cloud State (7-3-2, 3-2-1 WCHA)   
League: WCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fourth round draft pick (108th overall)
Stats to date: Record (6-3-0), GAA (1.67), SV% (.940)

Update: Weslosky and St. Cloud split a pair of games with ECAC Clarkson. Weslosky ranks tenth in the nation in GAA and sixth in SV%.


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.).


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