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Prospect report: Tuesday, March 29, 2011

by Katrina Doell / New York Islanders

Cizikas has been sidelined for three weeks with a broken scaphoid bone in his left hand and has not played in any of the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors' first three playoff games this week. The Majors are up 3-0 on the Bulls, and look to wrap up the first round on Tuesday night in Belleville.

This season, Cizikas has 29 goals and 35 assists with a +43 plus/minus rating.

The Oshawa Generals are up 3-0 in their first round match up against the Kingston Frontenacs. de Haan has contributed to his team’s success with three assists and a +4 plus/minus rating. In the regular season, de Haan lead all Generals defensemen in scoring (48 points) and his 42 assists are tied for second-most on his team.

Last Sunday, the University of North Dakota beat Denver 6-1 to reach the Frozen Four. Nelson, the 30th overall pick in last year’s draft, had a goal and an assist, while Gregoire, a junior, added an assist. The second seeded Fighting Sioux will take on Michigan in the semifinals on April 7 at 8:30 p.m.

Kabanov was nominated by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for the Humanitarian Award. Kabanov will find out if he won at the 2011 Golden Puck Awards (the QMJHL awards banquet), held on April 6 at the Hyatt-Regency hotel in downtown Montreal.

The Lewiston MAINEiacs are tied with one win a piece in the first round of the QMJHL playoffs. Kabanov has not yet recorded a point and is -1. The MAINEiacs will look for their second playoff win Tuesday night in Moncton.

The Fighting Irish are headed to the Frozen four. Lee was a key to the team’s success last week, scoring the OT winner on Saturday to lead the University of Notre Dame to a 4-3 win over Merrimack in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament. He had an assist in the Fighting Irish’s 2-1 win over New Hampshire on Sunday. 

On the completion of his junior year at the University of Minnesota, Ness announced that he would not complete his college career, opting to sign a contract with the New York Islanders. Last week, Ness reported to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers  on an Amateur Tryout Offer. His entry-level contract will go into effect at the start of the 2011-12 season.

In his junior year at Minnesota, Ness posted two goals and 12 assists for 14 points in 35 games. Minnesota finished in fifth place of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings, posting a 13-10-5 record, but lost both games in the first round to Alaska Anchorage. As a result, they were eliminated from the WCHA playoffs.

The Portland Winterhawks are up 2-0 over the Everett Silvertips in the first round of the playoffs. Niederreiter had 2 assists in the teams 4-0 win in Game 1, and 2 goals in the Winterhawks 7-2 win. Game 3 is Wednesday night at Everett.

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