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Prospect Report: Feb. 22, 2021

Collin Adams scores four points over the weekend, Dufour's point streak comes to an end, Rajaniemi lights the lamp and more

by Sasha Kandrach and Erin Battaglia @KandrachSasha /

Welcome to the Islanders Prospect Report, a weekly roundup of the Islanders junior, collegiate and European prospects. Visit our In The System page for more prospect content. 

Here are this week's updates on the Islanders prospects:


Tweet from @UNDinsider: 🚨 Gaber starts it, Adams finishes it 🚨#UNDproud | @UNDmhockey | @MidcoSN

Collin Adams and the North Dakota Fighting Hawks are continuing to have a dominant season. Over the weekend, in a series sweep over Omaha, Adams compiled four points (2G, 2A) and in doing so, the Islanders' 2016 sixth rounder (170th overall) brought his season total to 23 points (9G, 14A) through 22 games this season. 

Adams recorded an assist on Feb. 19 in North Dakota's 4-1 win over Omaha. The following night, the winger posted a three-point outing with two goals, including one on the power play, as the Fighting Hawks completed the series sweep with their 7-1 rout. With his four-point weekend, Adams also extended his point streak to four games, having scored six points (3G, 3A) during that stretch. 

Adams and North Dakota are still ranked first overall in the NCHC. Nationally, North Dakota is seated second overall in the NCAA with their 15-4-1 record. 


Tweet from @EPRinkside: William Dufour (@NYIslanders) is on an absolute heater. Yesterday's goal gives Dufour 8 goals in his last 9 games for @Voltigeurs_DRU in the QMJHL.#Isles

William Dufour's hot streak reached seven-straight games before the winger was held without a point for just the third time this season through 20 games. During the seven-game stretch, Dufour totaled 10 points (7G, 3A) for the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. 

Dufour scored his second power-play goal on Feb. 17 in Drummondville's 3-1 win over Gatineau. The goal was also his 15th goal of the season. The Islanders' 2020 fifth rounder (152nd overall) now has 25 points (15G, 10A) through 20 games. Dufour's 15 goals are the fourth-most in the entire league. 

Drummondville and Dufour are ranked ninth overall in the 'Q' with a record of 12-8-2. 


Matias Rajaniemi scored his second goal of the season with the Pelicans of Liiga on Feb. 18 in their 5-3 win over JYP. 

The blueliner, who the Islanders selected in the sixth round of the 2020 NHL Draft (183rd overall) now has seven points (2G, 5A) through 33 games this season. 

Rajaniemi and the Pelicans are ranked sixth overall in Liiga with their season record of 18-5-15. 


Robin Salo, the Islander's 2017 second rounder (46th overall), dished out three assists on Feb. 16 in Orebro's 3-2 win over Ha pen. The defenseman, who agreed to terms on a two-year entry level deal with the Islanders on Feb. 12 now has 28 points (5G, 23A) through 41 games with Orebro in the SHL. 

Salo and Orebro are ranked seventh overall in SHL with 20-3-4-15 (3P-2P-1P-0P).  

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