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Islanders Prospect Report: Oct. 19, 2020

Hockey is back for a bunch of the Isles prospects, while the rest are still awaiting for the 2020-21 campaign to begin

by Sasha Kandrach KandrachSasha / NewYorkIslanders.com

Welcome to the Islanders Prospect Report, a weekly roundup of the Islanders junior, collegiate and European prospects. Visit our In The System page for more prospect content.  

After the minor, collegiate and junior leagues cancelled their seasons in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, hockey is back for a number of the Islanders prospects. The AHL has yet to resume, with a target date of Dec. 4. 

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Meet the Islanders' 2020 Draftees

Get to know the newest members of the Islanders that were selected in the 2020 NHL Draft on Wednesday

by Sasha Kandrach KandrachSasha / NewYorkIslanders.com

The Islanders 2020 Draft class has officially been selected

Entering this year's virtually held NHL Draft on Oct. 7, the Isles were without a first-round pick for the first time since 2017 and were without a pick in either the first or second rounds for the first time since 2007. As a result, they meticulously identified their five newest prospects composed of three wingers (Alexander Ljungkrantz, Alex Jefferies, William Dufour), one defenseman (Matias Rajaniemi,) and one goaltender (Henrik Tikkanen).  

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Islanders Select Five in 2020 NHL Draft

Islanders select three forwards, one defenseman and one goalie at 2020 NHL Draft

by New York Islanders PR @NYIslanders / NewYorkIslanders.com

The New York Islanders selected five players today during the 2020 National Hockey League Draft. Forwards Alexander Ljungkrantz (90th overall), Alex Jefferies (121st) and William Dufour (152nd), defenseman Matias Rajaniemi (183rd) and goaltender Henrik Tikkanen (214th) were selected in rounds three through seven. 

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Prospect Report: Jake Pivonka

The Islanders prospect reflects on his sophomore season at Notre Dame and how he's preparing for next year

by Sasha Kandrach KandrachSasha / NewYorkIslanders.com

Anders Lee addressed the University of Notre Dame's men's ice hockey program, his alma mater, via a Zoom call last week. The New York Islanders' captain shared his personal experience of playing college hockey for the Fighting Irish and provided insight for how to have success playing at the highest level. The 6'3, 231-lbs forward didn't stress on-ice tips, but rather emphasized the importance of staying grounded and mentally sharp throughout the season. 

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Islanders Sign Bibeau, Coskey and Jenkins

Felix Bibeau, Cole Coskey and Blade Jenkins all sign with organization

by New York Islanders PR NYIslanders / NewYorkIslanders.com

The New York Islanders announced today three organizational signings; Felix Bibeau, Cole Coskey and Blade Jenkins. 

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Prospect Report: Blade Jenkins

Back home in Michigan, the Isles prospect is using the time to improve his fitness and prepare for next season

by Sasha Kandrach KandrachSasha / NewYorkIslanders.com

The Canadian Hockey League officially cancelled the 2019-20 season on March 19 due to concerns over the COVID-19 outbreak. The news was especially disappointing for players like New York Islanders prospect Blade Jenkins and his teammates on the Saginaw Spirit, who won the OHL's West Division and were poised for a deep postseason run. 

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Prospect Report: Reece Newkirk

Between getting drafted, a career-year on the ice and a few disruptions off it, it's been a memorable season for Reece Newkirk

by Sasha Kandrach KandrachSasha / NewYorkIslanders.com

It's been an eventful year for Reece Newkirk. From getting drafted by the New York Islanders last June, to a career-year with the Portland Winterhawks in the WHL, to suffering a freak injury in November, only to rebound with a blazing 17-game point streak. That's a big year, even before the WHL cancelled the season due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Bolduc Signs Entry-Level Deal

Samuel Bolduc signs a three-year, entry-level contract with the Islanders

by New York Islanders PR NYIslanders / NewYorkIslanders.com

The New York Islanders announced today that defenseman Samuel Bolduc has agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract. 

Bolduc, the Islanders' second-round pick (57th overall) in the 2019 NHL Draft, scored 43 points (11 goals, 32 assists) in 61 games this season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The Laval, Quebec native split his fourth QMJHL campaign between the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada and the Sherbrooke Phoenix after a mid-season trade. Bolduc's 43 points marked a career high and were tied for the eighth most amongst QMJHL defensemen. His career year also featured 19 power-play points (3 goals, 16 assists), two overtime goals and a plus-13 rating. 

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Checking In With Logan Cockerill

The Isles prospect and new captain of the Boston University Terriers reflects on his junior season

by Sasha Kandrach KandrachSasha / NewYorkIslanders.com

The 2019-20 campaign was a trying season for New York Islanders prospect Logan Cockerill. Three games into his junior year at Boston University, Cockerill was sidelined for the first half of the season with an upper-body injury that required surgery. The winger didn't return to the lineup until mid-January. 

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Checking In With Nick Pastujov

Pastujov reflects on his collegiate career at the University of Michigan and where hockey might take him next

by Sasha Kandrach KandrachSasha / NewYorkIslanders.com

The Michigan Wolverines hockey team took the ice for practice on March 12, just as they would on any ordinary Thursday. However, the team reconvened post-practice as news broke that their season was cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. The news was disheartening for the No. 14-ranked Wolverines and especially for the senior class, including New York Islanders prospect Nick Pastujov, who had their college careers ended as a result of such extraordinary circumstances. 

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