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Prospect Report: Wednesday, March 23, 2011

by Dyan LeBourdais / New York Islanders
CASEY CIZIKAS

Cizikas has missed the last eight games with a hand injury. Despite that, the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors center’s goal (29) and assist (35) totals rank third on the team and combine for the third-highest point totals (64 points). He has a +43 plus/minus rating. The Majors have clinched first place in the OHL Eastern Conference standings with a 53-13-0-2 record.

CALVIN de HAAN
In his last three games, de Haan notched one goal for the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League. He leads all Generals defensemen in scoring (48 points) and his 42 assists are tied for second-most on his team. The Generals, who rank fourth in the OHL Eastern Conference, won one and lost two of their games this past week to post a 39-19-4-6 record this season.

JASON GREGOIRE & BROCK NELSON
With a 3-2 double overtime win over Denver, the University of North Dakota became the 2011 Western Collegiate Broadmoor Trophy Champions. The Fighting Souix move on to the NCAA Midwest Regional semifinal round, playing Rensselaer on Saturday and both Western Michigan and Denver on Sunday. North Dakota finished first in the WCHA regular season standings with a 21-6-1 record.

Gregoire 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. In Nelson’s freshman season at the University of North Dakota, he has played 39 games, recording 19 points (7 goals, 12 assists) for the Fighting Souix.

KIRILL KABANOV
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.

Kabanov recorded a goal and an assist in two games for the MAINEiacs this week. With two wins, the Lewiston MAINEiacs closed the regular season with a 40-24-1-3 record, finishing second place in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League TELUS Eastern Division. He posted 28 points (11 goals, 17 assists) in 37 games this season. Lewiston will take on the Moncton Wildcats in the first round of the QMJHL playoffs.

BLAKE KESSEL
This past week, Kessel did not record a point in the University of New Hampshire’s 4-1 loss to Merrimack in the Hockey East Semifinals. The Wildcats will take on Miami in the NCAA North East Regional Semifinals on Saturday, then face Notre Dame and Merrimack on Sunday in the NE Regional Finals.

The defenseman dropped to fifth on the team in scoring with 26 points (5 goals, 21 assists), but remains 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.

ANDERS LEE
Lee, at the University of Notre Dame, has 22 goals this season, which are tied for the most of all Fighting Irish. 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.

In the CCHA semifinal round, the University of Notre Dame lost 6-2 to Miami. They then lost the CCHA third place game to Michigan (4-2), finishing the 2010-11 CCHA playoffs in fourth place. The Fighting Irish will move on to the NCAA North East Regional Semifinals, playing a game against Merrimack on Saturday. The North East Regional Finals will take place on Sunday, where the Fighting Irish take on New Hampshire and Miami.

AARON NESS
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.

NINO NIEDERREITER
In four games this past week, Niederreiter recorded three goals and three assists for the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League. With every point he earns, the power forward posts new career-highs.

His 41 goals lead all Winterhawks players this season, while his combined 70 points (41 goals, 29 assists) 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 in the top five slots; he started the 2010-11 season with the New York Islanders and captained Team Switzerland in the World Juniors in December.

With three wins and one loss, the Winterhawks have maintained their first overall rank in the WHL Western Conference as they’ve posted a 50-19-0-3 record this season.

ANDERS NILSSON
In the last week, Nilsson made 61 total saves and let up six goals in three games for Lulea HF of the Sweden Elite League (SEL), earning an overtime win and two losses. Nilsson helped Lulea finish the best-of-seven series with a 4-3-0 record, defeating Djurgardens IF in the first round of the SEL playoffs. With four teams left, Lulea’s next opponent is Skelleftea. In the playoffs, Nilsson ranks third overall among SEL goaltenders with a .932 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.

KIRILL PETROV
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.

COREY TRIVINO
Trivino, had three assists in three playoff games for the Boston University Terriers. The 20-year-old junior played in 37 games for the Terriers this season and 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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