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NYI WEEKLY PROSPECT WATCH

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

Prospect Watch, presented by Timber Ridge
Mark Katic and the Sarnia Sting are fighting to stay within the top eight in their conference as the playoffs approach. Katic helped Sarnia’s cause by earning First Star honors in a win on Feb. 18th and Third Star honors on Feb. 15th.

 
Clarkson’s recent string of solid play—6-3-3 in its past 12 games—can be attributed to Shea Guthrie, who continues to produce in his senior year, recording four points in two games last weekend. Ranked ninth in the conference, Clarkson can still gain home-ice advantage in the first round of the ECAC playoffs.
 
The playoffs are looming for many of the Islanders’ prospects. Check below to see how all of them did this week in this edition of NYI Weekly Prospect Watch.
 
Name: Brian Day
Position: Right Wing
Team: Colgate (10-16-6, ECAC (5-11-4)
League: ECAC
Acquired: Islanders 2006 sixth-round draft pick (171st overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (29), Goals (13), Assists (8), Points (21), PIM (24)

Update: Day earned two assists in a 1-0-1 weekend in ECAC play. The three points moved Colgate into 10th place in the ECAC with two games remaining in the regular season. Day ranks second on the team in goals and third in points.
 
Name: Justin DiBenedetto
Position: Left Wing
Team: Sarnia (29-24-3-3)^
League: OHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 sixth-round draft pick (175th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (53), Goals (40), Assists (43), Points (83), PIM (79)
 
Update:
DiBenedetto continues to pile up the points, earning six in the past four games. He earned a goal and three assists in a 6-3 victory Sault Ste. Marie on Wednesday, earning Second Star honors. His 40 goals and 83 points are third in the OHL. With nine games to play, Sarnia is in sixth place in the Western Conference. Eight teams from each conference reach the playoffs.
 
Name: Matt Donovan
Position: Defenseman
Team: Cedar Rapids (26-9-4)
League: USHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 fourth-round draft pick (96th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (41), Goals (15), Assists (22), Points (37), PIM (26)
 
Update: Over the past three games, Donovan has recorded a goal and two assists. With 11 games remaining, Cedar Rapids is tied for first in the East Division.
 
Name: Robin Figren
Position: Left Wing
Team: Djurgardens (17-21-15)
League: Swedish Elite League
Acquired: Islanders 2006 third-round draft pick (70th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (47), Goals (3), Assists (6), Points (9), PIM (24)

Update: Figren did not score last week, after scoring the week earlier.
 
Name: Max Gratchev
Position: Left Wing
Team: Lewiston (20-39-1-1)^
League: QMJHL
Acquired: Islanders 2007 fourth-round draft pick (106th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (57), Goals (28), Assists (30), Points (58), PIM (97)

Update: Gratchev scored Lewiston’s only two goals in a 9-2 loss to Rimouski on Saturday. The next day he was named the game’s First Star after recording a goal and an assist in Lewiston’s 4-2 win over Victoriaville. Second to last in the league, Lewiston is out of the playoff race.
 
Name: Jason Gregoire
Position: Left Wing
Team: North Dakota (20-11-3, WCHA 15-6-3)
League: WCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2007 third-round draft pick (76th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (34), Goals (11), Assists (13), Points (24), PIM (0)

Update: Gregoire continued his stellar play of late, earning three assists in two games against Alaska-Anchorage. On Friday he earned an assist on the overtime goal in North Dakota’s 2-1 win. Gregoire has recorded two goals and four assists in the past five games. North Dakota has won five straight games and moved into a tie for first place in the WCHA with Denver with four regular-season games remaining. Gregoire turned 20 on Tuesday.
 
Name: Shea Guthrie
Position: Wing
Team: Clarkson (9-16-7, ECAC 7-9-4)
League: ECAC
Acquired: Islanders 2005 third round draft pick (76th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (26), Goals (11), Assists (11), Points (22), PIM (0)

Update: Guthrie helped Clarkson to a 1-0-1 weekend. Guthrie scored two goals in Clarkson’s 6-3 upset over ECAC’s No. 4 ranked Dartmouth on Friday. The following day, Guthrie recorded a goal and an assist in a 3-3 tie with Harvard. Guthrie ranks second on Clarkson in points, despite missing six of his team’s games. Two games remain in the regular season.
 
Name: Travis Hamonic
Position: Defenseman
Team: Moose Jaw (17-43-1-2)^
League: WHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 second-round draft pick (53rd overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (48), Goals (11), Assists (24), Points (35), PIM (107)
 
Update: Hamonic totaled a goal and an assist in four games this week. Moose Jaw is last in their division.
 
Name: Mark Katic
Position: Defenseman
Team: Sarnia (29-24-3-3)^
League: OHL
Acquired: Islanders 2007 third-round draft pick (62nd overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (54), Goals (11), Assists (30), Points (41), PIM (37)

Update: Katic was named the First Star in Sarnia’s 7-4 win over Owen Sound last Wednesday. He recorded two goals and one assist. This Wednesday he recorded a goal and an assist in a 6-3 win over Sault Ste. Marie. Katic ranks first on the team among defensemen in points and plus-minus with a +7 rating. Katic is tied for seventh in goals among OHL defensemen and ranks 12th in points.
 
Name: Blake Kessel
Position: Defenseman
Team: New Hampshire (16-9-5, Hockey East 12-7-34)
League: Hockey East
Acquired: Islanders 2007 sixth-round draft pick (166th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (29) Goals (5), Assists (5), Points (10), PIM (18)

Update: Kessel recorded an assist in a 4-2 win over Boston College. New Hampshire has solidified its NCAA Tournament hopes by going 5-1-1 in its last seven games. UNH has four regular-season games remaining and is tied for third in Hockey East with Vermont.
 
Name: Simon Lacroix
Position: Defenseman
Team: Shawinigan (47-12-2-0)^
League: QMJHL
Acquired: Islanders 2007 seventh round draft pick (196th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (55), Goals (10), Assists (36), Points (46), PIM (42)

Update: Lacroix earned no points in two games this week. Shawinigan is just two points out of first place in the league with nine games remaining.
 
Name: Matt Martin
Position: Left Wing
Team: Sarnia (29-24-3-3)^
League: OHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 fifth-round draft pick (148th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (53), Goals (30), Assists (29), Points (59), PIM (113)
 
Update: Martin earned two goals and one assist in three games this week.
 
Name: Tyrell Mason
Position: Defensemen
Team: Clarkson (9-16-7, ECAC 7-9-4)
League: ECAC
Acquired: Islanders 2005 sixth round draft pick (180th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (21), Goals (0), Assists (1), Points (1), PIM (0)
 
Update: Mason did not record any points as Clarkson went 1-0-1. He still has no penalty minutes on the season.
 
Name: Aaron Ness
Position: Defenseman
Team: Minnesota (13-11-6, WCHA 10-10-4)
League: WCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2008 second-round draft pick (40th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (30), Goals (2), Assists (13), Points (15), PIM (10)
 
Update: Ness picked up no points as his Minnesota squad continues to struggle. A sweep by Colorado College over Minnesota dropped the Golden Gophers into seventh in the WCHA and with four regular-season games remaining.
 
Name: Jyri Niemi
Position: Defenseman
Team: Saskatoon (45-15-3-1)^
League: WHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 third-round draft pick (72nd overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (52), Goals (6), Assists (19), Points (25), PIM (61)
 
Update: Niemi earned an assist in Saskatoon’s 8-4 win over Moose Jaw on Wednesday. Saskatoon ranks second in the conference with eight games to play.
 
Name: Kevin Poulin
Position: Goaltender
Team: Victoriaville (27-31-1-2)^
League: QMJHL 
Acquired: Islanders 2008 fifth-round draft pick (126th overall)
Stats to date: Record (16-18-0), GAA (3.03), SV% (.903)
 
Update: Poulin did not play this week. Ranked 11th in the league, Victoriaville is safely in the 16-team QMJHL playoff with fewer than 10 games remaining.
 
Name: Rhett Rakhshani
Position: Right Wing
Team: Denver (19-9-4, WCHA 15-7-3)
League: WCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fourth round draft pick (100th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (31), Goals (14), Assists (18) Points (32), PIM (42)
 
Update: Rakhshani continues to put up points for the red-hot Denver Pioneers. Rakhshani recorded a goal and an assist in a weekend sweep of Wisconsin. Denver is tied for first in the WCHA with three regular-season games remaining.
 
Name: Stefan Ridderwall
Position: Goaltender
Team: Djurgardens (17-21-15) 
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 (7-14-6, 7-7-6 ECAC)
League: ECAC
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fourth round draft pick (100th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (27), Goals (7), Assists (12), Points (19), PIM (40)
 
Update: Rogers scored three goals in a pair of ties to St. Lawrence and Clarkson. He leads Harvard in goals and points. After a 13-game winless streak, Harvard has improved, going 2-0-2 in their past four games to move within two points of No. 4 Dartmouth in the ECAC with two regular-season games remaining. A fourth-place finish would give them a first-round bye in the ECAC Playoffs.
 
Name: Shane Sims
Position: Defenseman
Team: Ohio State (19-11-4, CCHA 12-10-4-3)
League: CCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fifth round draft pick (126th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (34), Goals (5), Assists (15), Points (20), PIM (36)
 
Update: Sims earned no points in a weekend split with Michigan. Ohio State has two games remaining in the regular season as they fight to stay in NCAA Tournament contention.
 
Name: Jared Spurgeon
Position: Defenseman
Team: Spokane (40-19-0-3)
League: WHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 sixth-round draft pick (156th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (49), Goals (10), Assists (30), Points (40), PIM (30)
 
Update: Spurgeon earned an assist in a 5-2 win over Kamloops on Wednesday. He is tied for 14th among WHL defensemen in points. Spokane is securely in the second position in their division.
 
Name: David Toews
Position: Center
Team: North Dakota (2011-3, WCHA 15-6-3)
League: WCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2008 third-round draft pick (66th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (23), Goals (5), Assists (6), Points (11), PIM (4)
 
Update: Toews did not score last week as North Dakota swept Alaska-Anchorage. North Dakota has a series against Colorado College and Wisconsin remaining.
 
Name: Corey Trivino
Position: Center
Team: Boston University (23-5-4, Hockey East 14-5-4)
League: Hockey East
Acquired: Islanders 2008 second-round draft pick (36th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (19), Goals (2), Assists (5), Points (7), PIM (8)
 
Update: Trivino did not record a point in one game. Boston University earned its second and third consecutive Boston University still ranks No. 1 in the country.
 
Name: David Ullstrom
Position: Center/Left Wing
Team: HV-71 (21-12-21)
League: Elite (SWE)
Acquired: Islanders 2008 fourth-round draft pick (102nd overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (19), Goals (1), Assists (3), Points (4), PIM (6)
 
Update: Ullstrom scored on Feb. 14 in a 3-2 loss to Skelleftea. HV-71 ranks second in the league.
 
Name: Jase Weslosky
Position: Goaltender
Team: St. Cloud State (17-13-2, WCHA 12-11-1)    
League: WCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fourth round draft pick (108th overall)
Stats to date: Record (15-9-1), GAA (2.63), SV% (.915)
 
Update: Weslosky won a pair of games over Michigan Tech, allowing four goals on the weekend. With four regular-season games remaining, including two against No. 4 Denver, St. Cloud can help their NCAA Tournament chances with a solid end to the season.
 

^ 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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