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PROSPECTS CAMP PRIMER PART I

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

By John Hill


With over 40 players coming to next week's Islanders Prospects Camp, here's a preview of the goaltenders and blueliners scheduled to attend. Part II will feature a look at the forward prospects.

The Islanders Prospects Camp will be held from July 14 to July 18 at Islanders Iceworks in Syosset, NY. The mini-camp is open to the public.

Fans can catch not only the future of the Islanders, but past legends as well. Bryan Trottier will be at the rink all week helping out the young Islanders, while Ken Morrow will be on-site from Wednesday to Friday.

An event such as this wouldn't be complete without the I.C.E. Tour inflatables for the youngsters in attendance. The inflatables will be set up outside of Iceworks from 10 am to 12 pm Monday through Friday.

A number of media outlets will be on hand to cover the Prospects Camp. And of course, all week you'll be able to find exclusive videos, blogs and interviews from the Camp on Islanders TV.

SCHEDULE OF ICE TIME

Monday: 3-5 pm
Tuesday: 10 am-12 pm, 3-4 pm
Wednesday: 10 am-12 pm, 3-4 pm
Thursday: 10 am -12 pm, 3-4 pm
Friday: 10 am - 12 pm (Scrimmage)


GOALTENDERS

Andrew Engelage
Born- 10/28/1988
Height - 6'1"
Weight - 209

A 2008 camp invite, Engelage spent 2007-08 in the OHL with the Windsor Spitfire. Engelage played in 40 games for the Spitfire and finished with a record of 20-10-8. His goals against average of 2.57 was good for seventh in the league last year, and his .908 save percentage tied him for 12th in the league. He also recorded two shutouts.


Peter Mannino
Born- 2/17/1984
Height- 6'0"
Weight- 200

Recently signed as a free agent, Mannino will be attending his first Islanders Prospect Camp this year. Last season, He played in 40 games with Division I Denver, leading the team to a 25-14-1 record. Mannino recorded six shutouts, posted a .917 save percentage and had a 2.27 Goals Against Average, both of which were good for 20th overall in NCAA. He was one of only six goalies to record over 950 saves in D-1 and was named the 2007-08 Denver team MVP and “Star of the Year." Mannino also earned All-WCHA third-team honors and Lowes Senior CLASS Award first-team accolades, along with being named to the WCHA Final Five and Wells Fargo Denver Cup all-tournament teams.


Kevin Poulin
Born- 4/12/1990
Height- 6'2"
Weight- 210

The 2008 Prospects Camp will be his first with the Islanders after being drafted in the fifth round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Poulin spent last season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with Victoriaville. He recorded a .887 save percentage and had a goals against average of 3.69 in 52 games. His record was 18-24-3.


Jase Weslosky
Born- 10/4/1988
Height- 6'0"
Weight- 185

Returning to Prospects Camp for his third time, Weslosky is coming off of his first full season as a starter at St. Cloud State University. Weslosky posted a 2.11 goals against average, recorded 910 saves, and had a .931 save percentage in 34 games. He also had three shutouts and a 16-13-2 record en route to a berth in the NCAA tournament.


DEFENSEMEN

Matt Donovan
Born- 5/9/1990
Height- 5'11"
Weight- 185

Donovan was selected in the fourth round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Islanders with the 96th overall selection. He spent 2007-08 in the USHL with the Cedar Rapids Rough Riders, where he was one of the team's leading defensemen. Donovan was first among backliners in goals (12) and points (30), and had a team high plus-minus rating with a +19.


Jamie Fraser
Born- 11/17/1985
Height- 6'1"
Weight- 200

Fraser spent his first full season with the Sound Tigers last year. In Bridgeport, he played in 70 games and was one of the leading scorers for the team among defensemen. He was first among defensemen in goals (11) and points (34) and second in assists (23). This is Fraser's third camp, after he won a spot on the team as a walk-on two years ago.
 

Travis Harmonic
Born- 8/16/1990
Height- 6'0"
Weight- 192

Harmonic was one of the Islanders' second-round draft selections in the 2008 Draft. He played last season with the Moose Jaw Warriors of the WHL, where he highlighted his talents as a true shutdown defenseman. In 61 games he was 5-17-22 with 101 penalty minutes. He also played on Team Canada's Gold Medal-winning Under-18 IHF World Championship team, on which he tallied two assists and was +4.


Jack Hillen
Born- 1/24/1986
Height- 5'11"
Weight- 195

One of the few Prospects Camp attendees to have skated with the Islanders last season, Hillen was a late-season free-agent acquisition. He skated in the final two games of the season, both versus the Rangers, and recorded his first NHL point in the season finale with an assist. He was also +1.


Mark Katic
Born- 5/9/1989
Height- 5'11"
Weight-185

Katic was one of three Islanders prospects to play for the Sarnia Sting of the OHL last season. He played in 45 games with the Sting, recording five goals and 26 assists for 31 points. Each of those totals was good for second on the team amongst defensemen. He had a five-game point streak at one point, and continued to produce well in the playoffs, in which he contributed three assists in six games. This will be his second Prospects Camp.


Blake Kessel
Born- 4/13/1989
Height- 6'0"
Weight- 204

Kessel was a member of the Waterloo Black Hawks of the USHL during the 2007-08 season. He was one of their leading scorers, with 19 goals and 38 assists for 57 total points, over 59 games. His 19 goals were good for second on the team—first among defenseman in the league, and his 39 assists led the team and league. During the playoffs, Kessel continued to produce well, scoring 11 points in 11 playoff games, with 10 assists—also good for the team lead. Kessel earned Defensemen of the Year honors in the USHL. This will be his second Prospects Camp.


Dustin Kohn
Born- 7/30/1987
Height- 6'0"
Weight- 195

Kohn is returning to Islanders Prospects Camp for the fourth time. He spent his first complete season with Bridgeport last year, and in 62 games scored three goals and had nine assists for 12 points. Kohn was tied for third in goals and fourth in points among defensemen with the Sound Tigers. He also had 28 penalty minutes.


Simon Lacroix
Born- 5/29/1989
Height- 6'0"
Weight- 180

Lacroix spent the 2007-08 season playing in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with the Shawinigan Cataractes. He was first in every major statistical category on the team for defensemen, with five goals, 29 assists and 34 points. He also won player of the week honors from November 19-25. This will be Lacroix's second camp after being drafted by the Islanders last year.


Andrew MacDonald
Born- 10/7/1986
Height- 6'0"
Weight- 186

After joining the Sound Tigers late in the 2006-07 season, MacDonald spent another abbreviated season in Bridgeport last year. In 21 games, he had two goals and three assists for five points. He also spent time with the Utah Grizzlies, scoring one goal and eleven assists in 38 regular season games. In the playoffs, however, MacDonald turned it up a notch, netting three goals and nine assists in only 15 games. He played under Ted Nolan in 2005-06 with the Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL.


Tyrell Mason
Born- 3/12/1986
Height- 6'2"
Weight- 180
In 2007-08, Mason played in his third season with the Clarkson Golden Knights. He led the team in penalty minutes with 60 in 37 games, while scoring one goal and nine assists, for a ten point total. Mason was the team's second-leading scorer among defensemen and posted a +8 plus-minus rating. He was named to ECAC Hockey weekly Honor Roll three times and was voted team captain for the 2008-09 season.


Jyri Niemi
Born- 6/15/1990
Height- 6'2"
Weight- 192
Niemi was drafted in the third round of this year's NHL Entry Draft. He finished first in goals (14) and third in assists (20) among WHL rookie defensemen last season. Additionally, he registered a 97 mph slap shot at the WHL skills competition prior to the draft. He also represented Saskatoon and the WHL at the 2008 CHLTop Prospects Game.


Shane Sims
Born- 4/30/1988
Height- 5'11"
Weight- 192
Sims, a New York native, spent the 2007-08 with the Ohio State Buckeyes. During his freshman campaign, Sims played in 39 games, scored one goal, and added ten assists for 11 points total, while also serving 45 penalty minutes. He was tied for second among team defensemen in points, third in goals, and second in assists.


Brett Skinner
Born- 1/28/83
Height- 6'1"
Weight- 183
Recently signed as a free agent, this will be Skinner's first Islanders Prospects Camp. Skinner spent last season in the AHL with the Providence Bruins, where he played in 68 games. Over the course of the season, Skinner scored seven goals and had 40 assists. He was first among defensemen in points and assists.


Jared Spurgeon
Born-11/29/1989
Height- 5'8"
Weight- 175
Drafted in the sixth round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Spurgeon spent the 2007-08 season in the WHL with Spokane. Spurgeon was 12th in the league in points (43), and in the top 20 in assists (31). Spurgeon had two three-assist games, and was +36 on the season. This will be his first Islanders Prospects Camp.




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