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NYI WEEKLY PROSPECT WATCH

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

Prospect Watch, presented by Timber Ridge
The playoffs are still a few weeks away for Matt Donovan and his Cedar Rapids squad in the USHL, but they are fighting to claim the top spot in the division. Donovan recorded a game-winning goal in a week that saw Cedar Rapids finish 3-0.


Meanwhile, Jason Gregoire and North Dakota earned home-ice throughout the WCHA playoffs as they claimed the top spot in the WCHA for the league’s playoffs, set to begin this coming weekend.

The playoffs are in full swing for many of the Islanders’ prospects and begin soon for others. 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 (12-18-7, ECAC (6-11-5)
League: ECAC
Acquired: Islanders 2006 sixth-round draft pick (171st overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (34), Goals (14), Assists (13), Points (27), PIM (26)

Update: Day and Colgate saw their season come to an end with a first-round series loss to Quinnipiac in the ECAC playoffs. Playing on the road the entire series, Colgate earned a split in the first two games, setting up a deciding third game that Quinnipiac ultimately won 4-3 in overtime. Day recorded a goal and two assists in the three-game series to finish third on the team in goals and points
 
Name: Justin DiBenedetto
Position: Left Wing
Team: Sarnia (33-25-34-3)^
League: OHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 sixth-round draft pick (175th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (59), Goals (44), Assists (45), Points (89), PIM (85)

Update: DiBenedetto finished the week with a goal and an assist in two wins and an overtime loss. Sarnia moved into fifth place in the conference with three games to play in the regular season.
 
Name: Matt Donovan
Position: Defenseman
Team: Cedar Rapids (31-13-5)
League: USHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 fourth-round draft pick (96th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (46), Goals (17), Assists (23), Points (40), PIM (32)

Update: Donovan recorded a goal and an assist, including the game-winner in three wins this week. Cedar Rapids ranks second in the division with 11 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’s Djurgardens finished out of the playoffs. Figren has joined the Bridgeport Sound Tigers to complete the 2008-09 season.
 
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 (62), Goals (30), Assists (31), Points (61), PIM (101)

Update: Gratchev picked up two goals in two games this week. Lewiston is tied for the final playoff spot with four games remaining.
 
Name: Jason Gregoire
Position: Left Wing
Team: North Dakota (22-12-4, WCHA 17-7-4)
League: WCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2007 third-round draft pick (76th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (37), Goals (11), Assists (14), Points (25), PIM (0)

Update: With a weekend split against Wisconsin, North Dakota completed the regular season first in the WCHA and will face last-place Michigan Tech in the first round of the playoffs. Gregoire finished the regular season fifth on the team in goals and points in his freshman season.
 
Name: Shea Guthrie
Position: Wing
Team: Clarkson (10-19-7, ECAC 8-10-4)
League: ECAC
Acquired: Islanders 2005 third round draft pick (76th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (30), Goals (13), Assists (14), Points (27), PIM (0)

Update: Guthrie and Clarkson ended their season with a first-round playoff loss to Union. Despite missing six games to injury, Guthrie finished his final year of college hockey tied for first on the team in goals and second in points.
 
Name: Travis Hamonic
Position: Defenseman
Team: Moose Jaw (18-48-1-2)^
League: WHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 second-round draft pick (53rd overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (54), Goals (12), Assists (27), Points (39), PIM (120)

Update: Hamonic recorded a goal and an assist in Moose Jaw’s 7-2 loss to Regina on Sunday. Moose Jaw will not reach the postseason this year.
 
Name: Mark Katic
Position: Defenseman
Team: Sarnia (33-25-4-3)^
League: OHL
Acquired: Islanders 2007 third-round draft pick (62nd overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (60), Goals (11), Assists (39), Points (50), PIM (43)

Update: Katic earned three assists on Thursday to earn First Star of the Game honors in Sarnia’s 4-3 victory over Guelph. With three games to play in the regular season, Sarnia is tied for fifth in their conference.
 
Name: Blake Kessel
Position: Defenseman
Team: New Hampshire (19-10-5, Hockey East 15-8-4)
League: Hockey East
Acquired: Islanders 2007 sixth-round draft pick (166th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (33) Goals (6), Assists (7), Points (13), PIM (20)

Update: New Hampshire’s weekend split with Vermont over the weekend landed them the third seed in the Hockey East playoffs. Kessel recorded a goal and an assist in the two games. New Hampshire will have the tough task of playing defending NCAA champion Boston College in the quarterfinals of the Hockey East playoffs.
 
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 (60), Goals (11), Assists (38), Points (49), PIM (48)

Update: Lacroix earned a goal and an assist in two games. Shawinigan is four points out of first place with four games to play.
 
Name: Matt Martin
Position: Left Wing
Team: Sarnia (33-25-4-3)^
League: OHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 fifth-round draft pick (148th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (58), Goals (34), Assists (29), Points (63), PIM (133)

Update: Martin tallied two goals and recorded a fight in three games. Martin is second on the team in goals, third in points and first in penalty minutes.
 
Name: Tyrell Mason
Position: Defensemen
Team: Clarkson (10-19-7, 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 missed both playoff games to finish his college hockey career.
 
Name: Aaron Ness
Position: Defenseman
Team: Minnesota (15-12-7, WCHA 12-11-5)
League: WCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2008 second-round draft pick (40th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (34), Goals (2), Assists (14), Points (16), PIM (16)

Update: Ness picked up an assist in a weekend split against Michigan Tech. Minnesota finished the regular season fifth in the WCHA and will face St. Cloud State in the first round of the WCHA playoffs.
 
Name: Jyri Niemi
Position: Defenseman
Team: Saskatoon (48-17-3-1)^
League: WHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 third-round draft pick (72nd overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (57), Goals (6), Assists (22), Points (28), PIM (67)

Update: Niemi earned two assists in a 4-3 Saskatoon loss to Lethbridge on Saturday. Saskatoon is first in their division and second in the conference with three games remaining.
 
Name: Kevin Poulin
Position: Goaltender
Team: Victoriaville (30-32-2-2)^
League: QMJHL 
Acquired: Islanders 2008 fifth-round draft pick (126th overall)
Stats to date: Record (16-19-0), GAA (3.17), SV% (.900)

Update: Poulin was on the losing end of a 5-4 decision against Baie-Comeau on Friday. Victoriaville is secure to make the playoffs with four games remaining.
 
Name: Rhett Rakhshani
Position: Right Wing
Team: Denver (20-10-5, WCHA 16-8-4)
League: WCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fourth round draft pick (100th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (33), Goals (14), Assists (18) Points (32), PIM (46)

Update: Denver tied Colorado College 1-1 in their final game of the regular season to finish second in the WCHA. Rakhshani finished the regular season second on the team in points. Denver will face Alaska-Anchorage in the first round of the WCHA playoffs.
 
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: Djurgardens did not reach the postseason.
 
Name:Doug Rogers
Position: Center
Team: Harvard (9-16-6, 9-7-6 ECAC)
League: ECAC
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fourth round draft pick (100th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (31), Goals (8), Assists (13), Points (21), PIM (40)

Update: Harvard was upset by last-place Brown in the opening round of the ECAC playoffs, ending their season. Harvard failed to score in two games. Rogers finished first on the team in goals and points.
 
Name: Shane Sims
Position: Defenseman
Team: Ohio State (22-12-4, CCHA 13-11-4-3)
League: CCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fifth round draft pick (126th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (38), Goals (6), Assists (17), Points (23), PIM (40)

Update: Sims and Ohio State moved onto the quarterfinals of the CCHA playoffs after sweeping Bowling Green in two games. Sims recorded a goal and an assist in the two games. Ohio State next faces Alaska on the road in a best-of-three series.
 
Name: Jared Spurgeon
Position: Defenseman
Team: Spokane (43-22-0-3)
League: WHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 sixth-round draft pick (156th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (55), Goals (10), Assists (31), Points (41), PIM (35)

Update: Spurgeon did not record any points in three games this week. Spokane ranks fourth in the conference with four games to play.
 
Name: David Toews
Position: Center
Team: North Dakota (22-12-4, WCHA 17-7-4)
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 this weekend.
 
Name: Corey Trivino
Position: Center
Team: Boston University (27-5-4, Hockey East 18-5-4)
League: Hockey East
Acquired: Islanders 2008 second-round draft pick (36th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (23), Goals (3), Assists (7), Points (10), PIM (8)

Update: With a pair of wins over Providence, Boston University finished atop the Hockey East regular-season standings. Trivino earned an assist on the weekend. Boston University takes on Maine in the quarterfinals of the Hockey East playoffs.
 
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. His HV-71 team is down 2-1 in their best-of-seven quarterfinal series against Timra.
 
Name: Jase Weslosky
Position: Goaltender 
Team: St. Cloud State (18-15-3, WCHA 13-13-2)     
League: WCHA 
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fourth round draft pick (108th overall) 
Stats to date: Record (16-11-2), GAA (2.71), SV% (.913)
Update: Weslosky went 0-1-1 this weekend against Minnesota State, as St. Cloud State finished up its regular season sixth in the WCHA. Weslosky and the Huskies will play at Minnesota in the first round of the WCHA tournament next weekend.
 

^ 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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