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NYI WEEKLY PROSPECT WATCH

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

By Greg Picker and Jason Lockhart


Prospect Watch, presented by Timber Ridge
Late-round draft picks Brian Day (6th-round, 2006) and Blake Kessel (6th-round, 2007) were key contributors to their respective teams over the weekend. Day earned three goals for Colgate in a split against ECAC rivals Clarkson and St. Lawrence, while Kessel scored the game-winning tally for New Hampshire against rival Vermont.

Check below to see how all of the Islanders’ prospects did this week in this edition of NYI Weekly Prospect Watch.


PLAYER SPOTLIGHT

Name: Matt Donovan
Position: Defenseman
Team: Cedar Rapids (25-8-3)
League: USHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 fourth-round draft pick (96th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (33), Goals (12), Assists (16), Points (28), PIM (22)

Update:
Donovan recorded a goal and an assist in a 6-1 over Chicago last Friday. Cedar Rapids has won its past five games, and is currently in second place in the USHL.
 
Name: Brian Day
Position: Right Wing
Team: Colgate (7-14-5, ECAC (2-9-3)
League: ECAC
Acquired: Islanders 2006 sixth-round draft pick (171st overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (23), Goals (13), Assists (3), Points (16), PIM (18)

Update: Day scored the game-winning goal and a late empty-net insurance goal in a 3-1 win over Clarkson. He then scored again the following night in a 4-2 loss to St. Lawrence.
 
Name: Justin DiBenedetto
Position: Left Wing
Team: Sarnia (24-21-2-3)^
League: OHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 sixth-round draft pick (175th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (45), Goals (34), Assists (34), Points (68), PIM (71)

Update: The fourth-leading scorer in the OHL, DiBenedetto assisted on Sarnia’s only goal in a 2-1 loss to the Kitchener Rangers this past Friday.
 
Name: Robin Figren
Position: Left Wing
Team: Djurgardens (15-19-13)
League: Swedish Elite League
Acquired: Islanders 2006 third-round draft pick (70th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (41), Goals (2), Assists (6), Points (8), PIM (22)

Update:
Figren did not record any points last week.
 
Name: Max Gratchev
Position: Left Wing
Team: Lewiston (18-34-0-1)^
League: QMJHL
Acquired: Islanders 2007 fourth-round draft pick (106th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (49), Goals (25), Assists (28), Points (53), PIM (88)

Update: Lewiston’s leading scorer, Gratchev, added to his total by notching a goal for the MAINEiacs in a 7-2 win against Victoriaville.
 
Name: Jason Gregoire
Position: Left Wing
Team: North Dakota (16-11-3, WCHA 11-6-3)
League: WCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2007 third-round draft pick (76th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (30), Goals (10), Assists (10), Points (20), PIM (0)

Update: Gregoire tallied a goal and an assist in a 4-2 win over St. Cloud State this past Saturday.  The 13th ranked North Dakota Sioux are currently in second place in the WCHA.
 
Name: Shea Guthrie
Position: Wing
Team: Clarkson (7-14-5, ECAC 5-7-2)
League: ECAC
Acquired: Islanders 2005 third round draft pick (76th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (20), Goals (7), Assists (8), Points (15), PIM (0)

Update: Clarkson had an offensively challenged weekend, only managing to muster up one goal in two games. Guthrie however did get in on the lone tally as he assisted on the power-play goal, which came in a 3-1 loss to Colgate.  The following night, Clarkson played to a 0-0 tie against ECAC-leading Cornell.
 
Name: Travis Hamonic
Position: Defenseman
Team: Moose Jaw (15-35-1-1)^
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 did not play last week.
 
Name: Mark Katic
Position: Defenseman
Team: Sarnia (24-21-2-3)^
League: OHL
Acquired: Islanders 2007 third-round draft pick (62nd overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (44), Goals (8), Assists (25), Points (33), PIM (28)

Update: Katic did not record any points in Sarnia’s one game this past week.
 
Name: Blake Kessel
Position: Defenseman
Team: New Hampshire (12-8-4, Hockey East 8-6-3)
League: Hockey East
Acquired: Islanders 2007 sixth-round draft pick (166th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (23) Goals (4), Assists (4), Points (8), PIM (18)

Update: In New Hampshire’s only game of the week, Kessel scored the game-winning goal with 2:02 left to play in a 3-2 win over Vermont.
 
Name: Simon Lacroix
Position: Defenseman
Team: Shawinigan (40-11-2-0)^
League: QMJHL
Acquired: Islanders 2007 seventh round draft pick (196th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (47), Goals (9), Assists (34), Points (43), PIM (38)

Update: In Shawinigan’s only game this past week, Lacroix tallied two assists in the 5-3 loss.
 
Name: Matt Martin
Position: Left Wing
Team: Sarnia (24-21-2-3)^
League: OHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 fifth-round draft pick (148th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (45), Goals (24), Assists (25), Points (49), PIM (95)

Update: Martin assisted on Sarnia’s only goal in a 2-1 loss to Kitchener. 
 
Name: Tyrell Mason
Position: Defensemen
Team: Clarkson (7-14-5, ECAC 5-7-2)
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: Mason did not play last week.
 
Name: Aaron Ness
Position: Defenseman
Team: Minnesota (12-7-5, WCHA 9-6-3)
League: WCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2008 second-round draft pick (40th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (24), Goals (2), Assists (12), Points (14), PIM (10)

Update: Minnesota lost both ends of a home-and-home against Minnesota State this past weekend. Ness scored a power play goal in the first of the two games.
 
Name: Jyri Niemi
Position: Defenseman
Team: Saskatoon (38-12-3-1)^
League: WHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 third-round draft pick (72nd overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (42), Goals (5), Assists (14), Points (19), PIM (42)

Update: Saskatoon went 2-1-0 this past week. Niemi tallied an assist and was a +1 in a 6-2 win against Moose Jaw.
 
Name: Kevin Poulin
Position: Goaltender
Team: Victoriaville (27-25-0-1)^
League: QMJHL 
Acquired: Islanders 2008 fifth-round draft pick (126th overall)
Stats to date: Record (16-15-0), GAA (3.07), SV% (.904)

Update: Poulin did not play last week.
 
Name: Rhett Rakhshani
Position: Right Wing
Team: Denver (16-8-3, WCHA 12-4-2)
League: WCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fourth round draft pick (100th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (26), Goals (11), Assists (14) Points (25), PIM (36)

Update: University of Denver’s second-leading point-producer on the season, Rakhshani, tallied an assist in a 6-2 win over Alaska-Anchorage. He was kept off the scoreboard in a 3-2 overtime loss against Alaska-Anchorage the following night.
 
Name: Stefan Ridderwall
Position: Goaltender
Team: Djurgardens (15-19-13) 
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:
Ridderwall did not play last week.
 
Name:Doug Rogers
Position: Center
Team: Harvard (5-12-4, 5-6-4 ECAC)
League: ECAC
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fourth round draft pick (100th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (21), Goals (4), Assists (10), Points (14), PIM (36)

Update:  Rogers scored the first goal, and added an assist on the second goal of a 3-1 win against Union on Friday. In the first round of the Beanpot, Rogers tallied an assist in a 4-3 loss to Boston University.
 
Name: Shane Sims
Position: Defenseman
Team: Ohio State (17-8-3, CCHA 10-7-3-3)
League: CCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fifth round draft pick (126th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (28), Goals (3), Assists (15), Points (18), PIM (30)

Update: Sims picked up an assist in Ohio State’s 6-2 win over Alaska on Saturday.
 
Name: Jared Spurgeon
Position: Defenseman
Team: Spokane (33-14-0-3)
League: WHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 sixth-round draft pick (156th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (37), Goals (8), Assists (20), Points (28), PIM (20)

Update: Spurgeon recorded a goal and an assist in 6-0 win over Kootenay on Saturday. His +23 rating is the highest among all Spokane defensemen.
 
Name: David Toews
Position: Center
Team: North Dakota (16-11-3, WCHA 11-6-3)
League: WCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2008 third-round draft pick (66th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (22), Goals (5), Assists (6), Points (11), PIM (4)

Update: Toews did not record a point in one game last weekend.
 
Name: Corey Trivino
Position: Center
Team: Boston University (20-5-1, Hockey East 12-5-1)
League: Hockey East
Acquired: Islanders 2008 second-round draft pick (36th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (18), Goals (2), Assists (5), Points (7), PIM (8)

Update: With wins over Merrimack and Harvard, Boston University is now ranked No. 1 in the country. Trivino earned no points in the wins.
 
Name: David Ullstrom
Position: Center/Left Wing
Team: HV-71 (19-10-18)
League: Elite (SWE)
Acquired: Islanders 2008 fourth-round draft pick (102nd overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (14), Goals (0), Assists (3), Points (3), PIM (4)

Update: Ullstrom earned no points in HV-71’s lone game last week.
 
Name: Jase Weslosky
Position: Goaltender
Team: St. Cloud State (14-12-2, WCHA 9-10-1)    
League: WCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fourth round draft pick (108th overall)
Stats to date: Record (12-8-1), GAA (2.79), SV% (.914)

Update:
Weslosky earned a split last weekend against North Dakota. On Friday, he stopped 36 shots for a 3-0 shutout—his second of the season. On Saturday, Weslosky allowed four goals on 31 shots in a 4-2 loss.
 

^ 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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