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NYI WEEKLY PROSPECT WATCH

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

Prospect Watch, presented by Timber Ridge
Mark Katic continues to shine for the Sarnia Sting, which clinched a playoff spot in the OHL. Katic earned Player of the Week honors, recording seven points in three games this week. Boston University forward Corey Trivino returned from injury to record two points in his first weekend back.

 
The playoffs begin next week 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 (11-16-7, ECAC (6-11-5)
League: ECAC
Acquired: Islanders 2006 sixth-round draft pick (171st overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (31), Goals (13), Assists (11), Points (24), PIM (24)

Update: Day picked up three assists in the final regular-season weekend, including two in a 3-2 overtime upset victory over ECAC regular-season champ Yale. Day finished the regular season tied for second on the team in goals and third in points. Colgate will face Quinnipiac in the first round of the ECAC Playoffs next weekend.
 
Name: Justin DiBenedetto
Position: Left Wing
Team: Sarnia (31-25-3-3)^
League: OHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 sixth-round draft pick (175th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (56), Goals (43), Assists (44), Points (87), PIM (83)
 
Update: DiBenedetto compiled three goals and one assist in three games this week. He earned First Star of the Game honors with two goals and one assist in a 4-2 win over Windsor on Friday. Sarnia ranks sixth in the Western Conference and has clinched a playoff spot with six games to play.
 
Name: Matt Donovan
Position: Defenseman
Team: Cedar Rapids (30-11-5)
League: USHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 fourth-round draft pick (96th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (43), Goals (16), Assists (22), Points (38), PIM (30)
 
Update: Donovan scored one of the Cedar Rapids goals in a 2-1 victory over Indiana on Saturday. Cedar Rapids is in second place in the East Division with 14 games remaining.
 
Name: Robin Figren
Position: Left Wing
Team: Djurgardens (17-23-15)
League: Swedish Elite League
Acquired: Islanders 2006 third-round draft pick (70th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (49), Goals (3), Assists (6), Points (9), PIM (28)

Update: Figren did not score this week in two games. Djurgardens is in 10th place in the league.
 
Name: Max Gratchev
Position: Left Wing
Team: Lewiston (21-41-1-1)^
League: QMJHL
Acquired: Islanders 2007 fourth-round draft pick (106th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (60), Goals (28), Assists (31), Points (59), PIM (99)

Update: Gratchev picked up an assist in three games this week. Lewiston is tied for the final playoff spot with six games remaining.
 
Name: Jason Gregoire
Position: Left Wing
Team: North Dakota (21-11-4, WCHA 16-6-4)
League: WCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2007 third-round draft pick (76th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (35), Goals (11), Assists (14), Points (25), PIM (0)

Update: Gregoire earned an assist in North Dakota’s 4-4 tie with Colorado College on Friday. North Dakota ranks first in the WCHA with two games remaining in the regular season.
 
Name: Shea Guthrie
Position: Wing
Team: Clarkson (10-17-7, ECAC 8-10-4)
League: ECAC
Acquired: Islanders 2005 third round draft pick (76th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (28), Goals (11), Assists (14), Points (25), PIM (0)

Update: Guthrie recorded three assists in a 1-1-0 weekend to complete the regular season. Clarkson takes on Union in the first round of the ECAC playoffs next season.
 
Name: Travis Hamonic
Position: Defenseman
Team: Moose Jaw (18-45-1-2)^
League: WHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 second-round draft pick (53rd overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (51), Goals (11), Assists (26), Points (37), PIM (109)
 
Update: Hamonic totaled two assists in three games this week for Moose Jaw, which is out of playoff contention.
 
Name: Mark Katic
Position: Defenseman
Team: Sarnia (31-24-3-3)^
League: OHL
Acquired: Islanders 2007 third-round draft pick (62nd overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (57), Goals (11), Assists (36), Points (47), PIM (41)

Update: Katic recorded seven points in three Sarnia victories, tallying one goal and six assists with a rating of plus-3. Katic began his week Wednesday night with a goal and an assist to earn Third Star of the Game honors in the 6-3 win over the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. On Friday night, Sarnia hosted the OHL’s top ranked Windsor Spitfires. Katic assisted on the first three goals, including the game-winner on the power play, late in the second period, leading Sarnia to a 4-2 victory. Katic was named Second Star of the Game. His week concluded Saturday with a First Star of the Game performance against Kingston, assisting on both goals in the 2-1 home win. Sarnia has clinched a playoff spot.
 
Name: Blake Kessel
Position: Defenseman
Team: New Hampshire (18-9-5, Hockey East 14-7-4)
League: Hockey East
Acquired: Islanders 2007 sixth-round draft pick (166th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (31) Goals (5), Assists (6), Points (11), PIM (18)

Update: Kessel picked up an assist in New Hampshire’s 4-3 win over Merrimack on Friday. UNH is tied for third in Hockey East with two games remaining in the regular season.
 
Name: Simon Lacroix
Position: Defenseman
Team: Shawinigan (50-12-2-0)^
League: QMJHL
Acquired: Islanders 2007 seventh round draft pick (196th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (58), Goals (10), Assists (37), Points (47), PIM (46)

Update: Lacroix earned one assist in three games for Shawinigan, which is just two points out of first place with six games left.
 
Name: Matt Martin
Position: Left Wing
Team: Sarnia (31-24-3-3)^
League: OHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 fifth-round draft pick (148th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (55), Goals (32), Assists (29), Points (61), PIM (122)
 
Update: Martin tallied two goals and recorded a fight in two games. Martin is second on the team in goals, third in points and first in penalty minutes.
 
Name: Tyrell Mason
Position: Defensemen
Team: Clarkson (10-17-7, ECAC 8-10-4)
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 play this week.
 
Name: Aaron Ness
Position: Defenseman
Team: Minnesota (14-11-7, WCHA 11-10-5)
League: WCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2008 second-round draft pick (40th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (32), Goals (2), Assists (13), Points (15), PIM (12)
 
Update: Ness did not record any points in a 1-0-1 weekend for Minnesota that ranks fifth in WCHA with two games remaining in the regular season.
 
Name: Jyri Niemi
Position: Defenseman
Team: Saskatoon (47-16-3-1)^
League: WHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 third-round draft pick (72nd overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (55), Goals (6), Assists (20), Points (26), PIM (63)
 
Update: Niemi earned an assist in three games this week. Saskatoon is first in their division and second in the conference with five games remaining.
 
Name: Kevin Poulin
Position: Goaltender
Team: Victoriaville (29-32-1-2)^
League: QMJHL 
Acquired: Islanders 2008 fifth-round draft pick (126th overall)
Stats to date: Record (16-18-0), GAA (3.12), SV% (.903)
 
Update: Poulin did not start any games this week. Victoriaville is secure to make the playoffs with fewer than 10 games remaining.
 
Name: Rhett Rakhshani
Position: Right Wing
Team: Denver (20-10-4, WCHA 16-8-3)
League: WCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fourth round draft pick (100th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (32), Goals (14), Assists (18) Points (32), PIM (42)
 
Update: Rakhshani didn’t record any points this week. Denver went 1-1-0 and trail North Dakota by one point in the WCHA standings with one game remaining in the regular season.
 
Name: Stefan Ridderwall
Position: Goaltender
Team: Djurgardens (17-23-15) 
League: Swedish Elite League
Acquired: Islanders 2006 sixth round draft pick (173rd overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (27), GAA (2.90), SV% (.897)
 
Update: Ridderwall earned the loss in a 5-3 decision against Frolunda on Saturday.
 
Name:Doug Rogers
Position: Center
Team: Harvard (9-14-6, 9-7-6 ECAC)
League: ECAC
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fourth round draft pick (100th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (29), Goals (8), Assists (13), Points (21), PIM (40)
 
Update: Rogers added a goal and an assist in two wins for Harvard this weekend. Rogers finished the regular season first on the team in points. Harvard ranks sixth in the ECAC and will face Brown in the first round of the playoffs next weekend.
 
Name: Shane Sims
Position: Defenseman
Team: Ohio State (20-12-4, CCHA 13-11-4-3)
League: CCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fifth round draft pick (126th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (36), Goals (5), Assists (16), Points (21), PIM (36)
 
Update: Sims earned one assist in a split against Miami. Ohio State will face Bowling Green in the first round of the CCHA tournament.
 
Name: Jared Spurgeon
Position: Defenseman
Team: Spokane (42-20-0-3)
League: WHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 sixth-round draft pick (156th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (52), Goals (10), Assists (31), Points (41), PIM (35)
 
Update: Spurgeon picked up an assist and a fight in three games for Spokane, which is securely in the second position in their division.
 
Name: David Toews
Position: Center
Team: North Dakota (21-11-4, WCHA 16-6-4)
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 play last this weekend.
 
Name: Corey Trivino
Position: Center
Team: Boston University (25-5-4, Hockey East 16-5-4)
League: Hockey East
Acquired: Islanders 2008 second-round draft pick (36th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (21), Goals (3), Assists (6), Points (9), PIM (8)
 
Update:
Playing in his first week back from injury, Trivino recorded a goal and an assist in a 7-2 victory over U-Mass on Saturday. Boston University ranks first in the nation, but trails Northeastern by one point in the Hockey East standings with two games remaining in the regular season.
 
Name: David Ullstrom
Position: Center/Left Wing
Team: HV-71 (22-13-20)
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 did not play any games this week.
 
Name: Jase Weslosky
Position: Goaltender
Team: St. Cloud State (18-14-2, WCHA 13-12-1)    
League: WCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fourth round draft pick (108th overall)
Stats to date: Record (16-10-1), GAA (2.59), SV% (.916)
 
Update: Weslosky earned a split against No. 2 Denver. St. Cloud is tied for fifth in the WCHA with two games to play.
 
 
 
^ 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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