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PROSPECTS CAMP PRIMER PART II

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

By John Hill


Islanders Prospects Camp begins Monday, July 14 and continues through next Friday, at Islanders Iceworks in Syosset and is open to the public. Part II of our primer includes a look at the forwards attending.

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)


FORWARDS

Joshua Bailey
Born- 10/2/1989
Height- 6'1"
Weight- 188
Position- Center

The Islanders' first selection, taken ninth overall, from the 2008 NHL Entry Draft will make his Islanders debut next week at his first Prospects Camp. The center from the OHL had an all-star season last year with Windsor. He finished third in the league in assists (67) and tenth in points (96). He finished second in points among draft eligible players behind only Steven Stamkos. Bailey was an alternate captain on Windsor, tallied two goals at the 2008 CHL Top Prospects Game and closed the season with a nine-game point streak.


Sean Bentivoglio
Born- 10/16/1985
Height- 5'11"
Weight- 190
Position- Left Wing

Bentivoglio was signed by the Islanders just prior to his first Prospects Camp last season. This year, he spent the season with the Sound Tigers. In Bridgeport, Bentivoglio was tenth on the team in points (32) by way of nine goals and 23 assists in 68 games. He also tied his career-high for points in a game, with three.


Matt Christie
Born- 2/22/1985
Height- 5'10"
Weight- 198
Position- Center

Christie is one of four invites this year's Prospects Camp. He spent last year split between the AHL and ECHL. In the AHL, he played on the Portland Pirates, appearing in 18 games and totaling four goals and five assists. In the ECHL, he was on the Augusta Lynx, scoring 11 goals and 30 assists in 53 games. His numbers were good enough for fourth on the team in points and second in assists.


Blake Comeau
Born- 2/18/1986
Height- 6'1"
Weight- 198
Position- Wing

Comeau broke into the Islanders roster last year in December after starting the year with the Sound Tigers. In the AHL, Comeau started the year with four goals and 15 assists in 31 games. With the Isles, he played in 51 games, and scored eight goals, along with seven assists for 15 points.

 
Brian Day
Born- 8/4/1988
Height- 6'0"
Weight- 195
Position- Right Wing

Day spent 2007-08 at Colgate University. He was tied for fourth in goals (9), fifth on the team in points (22) and first in penalty minutes (53) while playing in 41 of the team's 42 games. Day earned a spot on the ECAC Hockey all-academic team and was named a runner-up for the Hockey Commissioners' Association Rookie of the Month award for October, November and December. He recorded a career-high three assists in the second game of the ECAC Hockey quarterfinal series at No. 7 Clarkson on March 15.

 
Justin DiBenedetto
Born- 8/25/1988
Height- 5'11"
Weight- 194
Position- Right Wing/Center

The Sarnia forward was the 175th overall selection in this year's NHL Entry draft and played on a line with number one overall pick Steven Stamkos. DiBenedetto was the Sting's second leading scorer last year, with 39 goals, 54 assists and 93 points. He was 11th in the league in points, 15th in goals, and 13th in assists. He also had three hat tricks, including two that were back-to-back.

 
Robin Figren
Born- 3/7/1988
Height- 5'11"
Weight- 176
Position- Left Wing

Figren played in 35 games with the Edmonton Oil Kings. He netted 18 goals and 13 assists, good for 31 points in his time in the WHL. Figren was fifth on the team in scoring, despite having his season abbreviated due to wrist surgery in February. He also spent time with the Swedish National Team for the World Junior Hockey Championships, where he was tied for eighth in tournament scoring with five goals and two assists. Figren wowed audiences around the world with his lacrosse-style goal against Denmark at the World Junior Championship.


Brian Gibbons
Born- 2/26/1988
Height- 5'8"
Weight- 160
Position- Forward

Gibbons is a Prospects Camp invitee this year. He spent last year playing for Boston College. During his freshman season, Gibbons was one of BC's leading scorers. He was fourth on the team in goals (13), sixth in assists (22) and sixth in points (35). Gibbons played in 43 of the team's 44 games last season.


Max Gratchev
Born- 9/26/1988
Height- 5'11"
Weight- 198
Position- Left Wing

Gratchev spent his fifth season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey league last year with Rimouski. He played in 39 games with the team and, despite limited playing time due to injury, was still in the top ten on the team in goals (9), assists (20) and pointes. This will be his second showing at Prospects Camp.


Jason Gregoire
Born- 2/24/1989
Height- 5'10"
Weight- 175   
Position- Left Wing

Gregoire played 2007-08 with the Lincoln Stars of the USHL. He was the 2008 USHL Player of the Year and Forward of the Year. He led the team and league in goals (37) and was fourth in the league and first on the team in points (69). Gregoire posted a +18, second on his team during the season as well. He had four game-winning goals in the regular season and two in the playoffs. In the post-season, he led league in points (12).


Shea Guthrie
Born- 7/30/1987
Height- 6'0"
Weight- 190
Position- Forward

Guthrie played with the Clarkson Golden Knights in 2007-08, helping to lead the team to the NCAA tournament. For the season, he was tied for fifth on the team in points (22) and fourth on the team in assists (13). However, his most important contribution was when he scored the game-winning goal in Clarkson's victory in the first round of the NCAA tournament over St. Cloud State.
 

Micheal Haley
Born- 3/30/1986
Height- 5'11"
Weight- 198
Position- Right Wing

This year Haley played for both the Sound Tigers (AHL) and the Grizzlies (ECHL). In limited action in Bridgeport, Haley scored two goals and two assists while amassing 75 penalty minutes. With Utah, Haley was selected to the ECHL all-star team—but was unable to play after being summoned to Bridgeport. With Utah, he had 11 goals, eight goals and 19 assists over 28 games. He also had 115 penalty minutes.


Tyler Haskins
Born- 5/26/1986
Height- 6'0"
Weight- 186
Position- Center

Haskins split the past season between Bridgeport and Utah. In the AHL, he played in 25 games and had one goal and three assists. With the Grizzlies of the ECHL, Haskins was the team's fifth leading scorer (43 points), was third in assists (27) and tied for fifth in goals (16). In the playoffs, he led the Grizzlies in points, with 15 in 15 games. His six post-season goals were third on the team, and his nine assists second.


Rob Hennigar
Born- 4/4/1983
Height- 5'11"
Weight- 174
Position- Center

Hennigar attended the University of New Brunswick in 2007-08. There, he won the Canadian Interuniversity Sport Men's Hockey Player of the Year as well as the Male Athlete of the Year Awards. Hennigar led New Brunswick Varsity Red all the way to the CIS finals, while posting a +27 with 15-43-58 points in 27 games. Additionally, he led the league in shorthanded goals, with four.


Jesse Joensuu
Born- 10/5/1987
Height- 6'4"
Weight- 235
Position- Wing

Joensuu started last year in Finland with Assat Pori. There, he led the team in every major offensive statistical category with 17 goals, 18 assists and 35 total points over 56 games. After signing with the Islanders, Joensuu made one appearance with Bridgeport.


Tomas Marcinko
Born- 4/11/1988
Height- 6'42"
Weight- 187
Position- Center

Marcinko played on the OHL's Barrie Colts. With the Colts, he scored 19 goals and 26 assists for 45 points in 48 games. Those numbers were good enough to make him third on the team in goals and points, and second in assists. He also registered 54 penalty minutes. In the post-season, he scored four goals and three assists over the Colts' nine games. He was the team's leader in playoff goals and points, and was third in assists.


Matthew Martin
Born- 5/8/1989
Height- 6'2"
Weight- 192
Position- Left Wing

Martin was the 148th selection in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Last year, he was a teammate of fellow Prospects Camp attendees Justin DiBenedetto and Mark Katic on the OHL's Sarnia Sting. Martin, along with DiBenedetto, played on a line with Steven Stamkpos. Martin ranked third on the Sting in goals (25) and finished with 38 points and was second on Sarnia with 155 penalty minutes. He was also 3-3-6 over nine games in the playoffs.


Vladimir Nikiforov
Born- 10/7/1987
Height- 5'8"
Weight- 170
Position- Right Wing

Nikiforov is a Long Island native Prospects Camp invitee. Last season, he started the year with the OHL's Barrie Colts before being traded to Sarnia. Over the first 36 games of the season in Barrie, Nikiforov scored 21 goals and 32 assists for 53 points. Despite playing in just over half the season with Barrie, he was second on the team in goals, first in assists and second in points. With Sarnia, in 15 regular season games he had four goals and ten assists. He then added a goal and four assists in nine playoff games. On the year, he had a total of 17 multi-point games, including three four-point efforts.


Kyle Okposo
Born- 4/16/1988
Height- 6'0"
Weight- 195
Position- Right Wing

Okposo made his highly-anticipated NHL debut this past season on March 18 versus Toronto. He played in the final nine games of the season, and recorded two goals and three assists for five points. He scored both his first goal—a game winner—and his first assist in the NHL in the same game, against Martin Brodeur and the Devils on March 21. Prior to being called up, he was 8-16-24 in 29 games with the Sound Tigers. He started off running in the AHL, recording a goal and four assists in his first three games.


Joe Pereira
Born- 3/28/1987
Height- 5'10"
Weight- 178
Position- Forward

Pereira is an Islanders Prospect Camp invitee. He spent last year, his freshman season, playing with the Boston University Terriers team in the NCAA. With BU he played in 30 games, and was able to net four goals as well as five assists, while also recording 19 penalty minutes.


Jason Pitton
Born- 1/10/1985
Height- 6'2"
Weight- 196
Position- Left Wing

Pitton played with both the Utah Grizzlies and in Bridgeport last season. He started the year with Utah, where he played a total of 23 games. In that period, Pitton scored five goals and eight assists for 13 points. In Bridgeport, Pitton played an additional 21 games. He had a goal and four assists there.


Joel Rechlicz
Born- 6/4/1987
Height- 6'5"
Weight- 240
Position- Right Wing

A true heavyweight, Rechlicz played 25 games with each the Kalamazoo Wings and the Albany River Rats. With Kalamazoo, he scored his lone goal of the year, his only point with the team. He also spent 100 minutes in the sin bin. With Albany, he added his only assist on the year, also his only point with that team. He served an additional 104 penalty minutes with the River Rats.


Doug Rogers
Born- 1/20/1988
Height- 6'0"
Weight- 195
Position- Center

Rogers spent last year, his sophomore year, with the Harvard Crimson of the Ivy League. Rogers was among the team's leaders in every major offensive category. He was first in goals (13), tied for second in assists (19), and second in points (32). Rogers is also the youngest of all of the top-three leading scorers on the team.

 
Trevor Smith
Born- 2/8/1985
Height- 6'1"
Weight- 190
Position- Left Wing

Smith played for Bridgeport and the Utah Grizzlies in 2007-08. He scored 20 goals and added 17 assists in 53 games with the Sound Tigers, including a hat trick, his first with the team, on April 11. In the month of February, he had 15 points over 13 games. In the ECHL Smith appeared in 22 games, scoring 11 times while recording 14 assists for 25 points in Utah.

 
David Toews
Born- 6/7/1990
Height- 5'10"
Weight- 175
Position- Center

Toews, the younger brother of rookie-of-the-year runner-up Jonathan Toews, was selected by the Islanders in the third round of the NHL Entry Draft this year. Last year, he played for his high school team, Shattuck-St. Mary's, in Minnesota. Over 51 games, he was 44-56-100. He was tied for the team lead in goals, ranked third in assists and second in points.


Corey Trivino
Born- 1/12/1990
Height- 6'1"
Weight- 170
Position- Center

Trivino was the Islanders' first second round pick, selected 36 overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Last year, he played in the Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League with the Stouffville Spirit. Trivino played in 49 games, and was second in goals (24), tied for first in assists (34), and second in points (58).

 
David Ullstrom
Born- 4/22/1989
Height- 6'3"
Weight- 198
Position- Wing

Ullstrom was selected in the fourth round, 102 overall, by the Islanders in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. The Swedish native spent last season in the Swedish Junior League with HV 71. He led the team in goals (17) assists (22) and points (39).

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