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Prospect Report: Wednesday, March 16

by Dyan LeBourdais / New York Islanders

In the last three games for the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors of the Ontario Hockey League, Cizikas has been sidelined with a hand injury. His goal (29) and assist (35) totals rank third on the team and combine for the second-highest point totals (64 points). He has a +43 plus/minus rating. The Majors have clinched first place in the OHL Eastern Conference standings as they won all three of their games to post a 50-13-0-2 record.

In his last three games, de Haan notched two goals and four assists for the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League. He leads all Generals defensemen in scoring (47 points) and his 42 assists are the third-most on his team. The Generals, who rank fourth in the OHL Eastern Conference, won all three of their games this past week to post a 38-17-4-6 record this season.

Gregoire, at the University of North Dakota, had a two-goal and one-assist weekend, in the first round of the WCHA playoffs helping the Fighting Souix defeat Michigan Tech in the best of three series. With the wins, they will move on to the semifinal round of the WCHA playoffs. The Fighting Souix winger has the third-most points on his team with 41 points (24 goals, 17 assists), while his 24 goals are second most on the team. The Fighting Souix posted a 21-6-1 record during the regular season.

This past week, Kabanov played two games for the Lewiston MAINEiacs of the QMJHL, but did not record a point. He has posted 25 points (10 goals, 15 assists) in 35 games this season. With two losses this week, the MAINEiacs have now posted a 38-24-1-3 record, maintaining second place in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League TELUS Eastern Division this season. The regular season will come to a close next week.

This past week, Kessel did not record a point in either of his two playoff games for the University of New Hampshire Wildcats. The defenseman is fourth on the team in scoring with 26 points (5 goals, 21 assists), but is also the Wildcats defensive scoring leader. The Wildcats finished the 2010-11 season in second place in the Hockey East standings with a 17-6-4 record. They recorded two wins over Vermont in the Hockey East Quarterfinals to move on to the semifinal round.

Lee, at the University of Notre Dame, leads the Fighting Irish with 22 goals this season. His combined point totals (22-19=41) rank him second overall in scoring. The Fighting Irish finished the 2010-11 season at second place in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association Conference Standings with an 18-7-3-2 record. As a result, Notre Dame had a by week and moved on to the quarter final round. With two wins and one loss against Lake Superior State, the Fighting Irish will move on to the playoff seminfinals.

Nelson had three assists in two WCHA playoff wins over Michigan Tech this past week. In his freshman season at the University of North Dakota, he has played 37 games. He has recorded 19 points (7 goals, 12 assists) for the Fighting Souix this season. North Dakota posted a 21-6-1 record during the regular season and will move on to the semifinal round of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs.

In his junior year at the University of 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.

In two games this past week, Niederreiter recorded three points as he scored two goals and one assist for the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League. With every point he earns, the power forward posts new career-highs.

His 38 goals tie his record from last season and lead all Winterhawks players this season, while his 26 assists set a new-career high in that category. His combined 64 points rank him fourth on the team in scoring. That is an outstanding stat since the forward has played at least eight fewer games than everyone ahead of him; he started the 2010-11 season with the New York Islanders and captained Team Switzerland in the World Juniors in December.

With two wins, the Winterhawks have maintained their first overall rank in the WHL Western Conference as they’ve posted a 47-18-0-3 record this season.

*On March 12, Niederreiter was named CHL Player of the Week.

In the last week, Nilsson made 86 total saves and let up five goals in three games for Lulea HF of the Sweden Elite League (SEL), taking two wins and one loss. Nilsson has posted a 3-1-0 playoff record, ranking second overall among SEL goaltenders with a .950 save percentage. In 31 regular season games for Lulea HF this season (23-21-11), Nilsson posted a 1.89 goals against average, ranking the goaltender second overall in that category. He has also posted a .920 save percentage, to rank him fourth overall on the regular season.

In the first round of Kontinental Hockey League playoffs, the Yugra lost their in best-of-seven quarter final series with the Metallurg Magnitogorsk and were eliminated from the KHL playoffs. Even though the Yugra were eliminated, Petrov recorded two goals and two assists in six playoff games, to record playoff career-highs in goals, assists and points. During the regular season, Petrov recorded career-highs in points (19), goals (8) and assists (11) as well, helping the Khanty-Mansiysk Yugra post a 28-17-9 record.

Trivino, had three assists in three playoff games for the Boston University Terriers. The 20-year-old junior has played in 37 games for the Terriers this season and has recorded 28 points (8 goals, 20 assists), tying him at second on the Terriers in scoring. The Terriers finished the 2010-11 season ranked third in the Hockey East standings with a 15-6-6 record. They lost their best of three series with Northeastern University in the quarterfinals, eliminating them from the Hockey East playoffs.
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