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Prospect Update: Wednesday, February 23

by Dyan LeBourdais / New York Islanders

In the last week, Cizikas has recorded one goal and two assists for the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors of the Ontario Hockey League. His goal (28) and assist (31) totals both rank third on the team, but they combine for the second-highest point totals (59 points). He now has a +38 plus/minus ranking. With two wins this past week, the Majors have kept themselves in the first slot in the Eastern Conference standings with 42 wins, 12 losses and two shootout losses. Cizikas recorded an assist in their 8-2 loss to the Oshawa Generals, but the Majors bounced back and defeated the Kitchner Rangers 5-4 in the shootout, but later in the week, the Rangers got even as they defeated the Majors 5-2. Cizikas also tallied a goal and an assist as he helped the Majors defeat the Niagra IceDogs 10-1.

The Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League, who rank fourth in the Eastern Conference, have posted a 33-16-4-4 record this season. This last week, de Haan notched five assists, helping the Generals to win all four games they played. He leads all Generals defensemen in scoring (36 points) and his 34 assists are tied for the second-most on his team. The Generals defeated de Haan’s fellow Islanders prospect Casey Cizikas and the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 8-2, Salt Ste. Marie 6-1, Owen Sound 4-3 and Brampton 1-0.

Gregoire, at the University of North Dakota, earned three assists in two games this past week. The Fighting Souix took home a 3-3 tie in their first contest of a back-to-back series with St. Cloud State and then defeated them 3-2. Gregoire’s three-assist weekend has propelled the Fighting Souix winger to the fourth-most points on his team with 28 (14 goals, 14 assists). His 14 goals are second most on the team. Last week, the Fighting Souix clinched the first playoff seed in the WCHA playoffs. They have a 17-6-1 record this season.

This past week, Kabanov recorded one assist for the Lewiston MAINEiacs of the QMJHL. He has now posted 8 goals and 13 assists for 21 points in 28 games this season. While the Montreal Juniors defeated the MAINEiacs 4-3, they were able to defeat the Rimouski Oceanic a few nights later, also by a score of 4-3. The MAINEiacs have now posted a 36-20-0-2 record, good for second place in the TELUS Eastern Division this season.

This past week, Kessel earned one assist in two games for the University of New Hampshire Wildcats. Recording one win (6-1) and one tie (2-2) against the University of Vermont, the Wildcats have taken over the first position in the Hockey East standings with a 16-4-3 record. Kessel’s 5 goals and 17 assists make him the Wildcats defensive scoring leader; he is also fourth on the team in scoring with 22 points.

Lee, at the University of Notre Dame, helped the Fighting Irish earn two more wins this last week, keeping them at the top of the CCHA Conference Standings with a 17-6-3-2 record. While Lee tallied just one assist against Ferris State, the Fighting Irish defeated them in back-to-back games (3-2 and 5-2). His 19 goals this season are tied for the most of all Fighting Irish this season, while his 19 assists place him third. His combined totals (38 points) rank him second overall in scoring.

As a freshman at the University of North Dakota (17-6-1 record this season), Nelson has recorded 5 goals and 6 assists for 11 points this season. This past week, the Fighting Souix tied their first game with St. Cloud State, but in the second half of their back-to-back games, Nelson’s lone assist helped the Fighting Souix defeat St. Cloud State 3-2.

In one game this past week, Niederreiter scored a hat trick and also had one assist in the Portland Winterhawks 6-3 win over the Chilliwack Bruins. While Niederreiter’s 47 points rank him fifth amongst Winterhawks players, he has played at least eight fewer games than many of his teammates after starting the 2010-11 season with the New York Islanders and in December, captained Team Switzerland in the World Juniors in December. His 27 goals this season tie his teammate for the second-most goals of all Winterhawks players. The Winterhawks, of the Western Hockey League, rank second in the Western Conference as they’ve posted a 39-16-0-3 record this season.

In the last week, Nilsson played three games for Lulea HF of the Sweden Elite League (SEL). He made 69 total saves and allowed only five goals. Those stats helped the goaltender earn two wins, while he lost one in overtime. In 27 games for Lulea HF (21-20-9), Nilsson has posted a .914 save percentage (ranking him eighth overall among SEL goaltenders) and his 1.99 goals against average ranks the goaltender third overall.

The Khanty-Mansiysk Yugra (28-17-9) lost all three of their games this past week and Petrov did not record points in any of the games. He holds career-highs in points (19), goals (8) and assists (11). The Kontinental Hockey League playoffs start on Wednesday, Feb. 23.

Trivino, a 20-year-old junior at Boston University (13-5-5), has played in 30 games for the Terriers this season. This past week, the Terriers earned two wins in a home-and-home series against Providence College defeating the Friars 2-1 and 1-0. Trivino had one assist in the series. This season, he has scored 7 goals and 14 assists for 21 points while his point totals rank him fourth among all Terriers in scoring.
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