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Prospect Report: Wednesday, March 9, 2011

by Dyan LeBourdais / New York Islanders

In three games this last week, Cizikas recorded one assist for the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors of the Ontario Hockey League. His goal (29) and assist (35) totals rank third on the team and combine for the second-highest point totals (64 points). He now has a +43 plus/minus ranking. The Majors continue to maintain the first slot in the OHL Eastern Conference standings as they won all three of their games to post a 47-13-0-2 record.

This last week, de Haan notched one assist in three games for the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League. He leads all Generals defensemen in scoring (39 points) and his 36 assists are the fourth-most on his team. The Generals, who rank fourth in the OHL Eastern Conference, have posted a 35-17-4-6 record this season.

Gregoire, at the University of North Dakota, had a four-goal and two-assist weekend, recording a hat-trick and an assist in the Fighting Souix’s win over Michigan Tech. With 37 points (21 goals, 16 assists), the Fighting Souix winger has the third-most points on his team, while his 21 goals are second most on the team. With two wins last weekend, the Fighting Souix have posted a 21-6-1 record this season and have clinched the first playoff seed in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs.

This past week, Kabanov played three games for the Lewiston MAINEiacs of the QMJHL, where he recorded two goals and two assists. He has posted 25 points (10 goals, 15 assists) in 33 games this season. The MAINEiacs have now posted a 38-22-1-3 record, maintaining second place in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League TELUS Eastern Division this season.

This past week, Kessel earned two assists in two 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. With two losses this last week, the Wildcats have dropped to second place in the Hockey East standings with a 17-6-4 record.

Lee, at the University of Notre Dame, has 21 goals this season, which are the most of all Fighting Irish. While the Fighting Irish did not have any games this last week, his combined point totals (21-19=40) rank him second overall in scoring. The Fighting Irish are second place in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association Conference Standings with an 18-7-3-2 record.

Nelson had two goals and one assist in two wins over Michigan Tech this past week. In his freshman season at the University of North Dakota, he has played 35 games. He has recorded 16 points (7 goals, 9 assists) for the Fighting Souix this season. North Dakota has posted a 21-6-1 record this season and have clinched the first playoff seed in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs.

In four games this past week, Niederreiter recorded nine points as he scored seven goals and two assists for the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League, and was named the league’s player of the week. Those totals lifted the power forward above his career-high point total from last season, even though he has played 16 fewer games (there are still six games left in Portland’s regular season).

His 36 goals tie his record from last season and lead all Winterhawks players this season, while his 25 assists set a new-career high in that category. His combined 61 points tie 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 three wins and one loss, the Winterhawks have maintained their first overall rank in the WHL Western Conference as they’ve posted a 45-18-0-3 record this season.

In the last week, Nilsson made 56 total saves and let up one goal in two games for Lulea HF of the Sweden Elite League (SEL), taking one loss and one shutout win. In 31 games for Lulea HF this season (23-21-11), Nilsson has posted a 1.89 goals against average, ranking the goaltender second overall in that category. He has also posted a .920 save percentage and has jumped five spots this week to rank him fourth overall among SEL goaltenders.

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. They initially went two-for-two, but lost the final two games this last week. 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 one goal and two assists this past week for the Boston University Terriers this past week. The 20-year-old junior has played in 34 games for the Terriers this season and has recorded 25 points (8 goals, 17 assists), putting him in a three-way tie for second on the Terriers in scoring. With one win and one loss this last week, the Terriers have held on to their position in the Hockey East standings (third) with a 15-6-6 record.
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