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Soderstrom's Finding Success in Sweden

Islanders goalie prospect had a record-setting, banner-winning year in Sweden

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

The goals don't actually count at New York Islanders Mini Camp, but for the Isles prospects, getting one by Linus Soderstrom usually warrants a celebration. 

It's no easy feat beating the 6'5 Swede, who turned heads with his banner year for HV71 in the Swedish Hockey League. Soderstrom, the Islanders' 2014 fourth-round pick, backstopped the SHL title this season - and his 1.34 goals-against average set an SHL record. Overall, Soderstrom went 18-4-0 in the regular season, with a 1.34 GAA, .943 SV% and six shutouts, before going 12-4 in the postseason. 

"He's a heck of a goaltender and had a really good year in a really good league," Islanders Head Coach Doug Weight said. 

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Barzal With Two Points at Memorial Cup

Barzal has two assists as Seattle looks for first win at junior tournament

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

Mathew Barzal and the Seattle Thunderbirds are looking for their first win at the 2017 Memorial Cup. 

Barzal and the T-Birds are 0-2 after losing 4-2 to the Erie Otters on Saturday afternoon and 7-1 to the Windsor Spitfires on Sunday night. The Islanders' 2015 first-round pick has a pair of assists through the first two games, which ties him for sixth in tournament scoring. 

Seattle needs a win on Tuesday night against the QMJHL champion Saint John Sea Dogs to stay alive and force a tiebreaker scenario. 

Windsor is currently 2-0, Erie is 1-0 and Saint John is 0-1. Erie and Saint John play Monday night at 7 p.m. 

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Barzal Capping Junior Career In Style

After winning a WHL Title and playoff MVP, Mathew Barzal will now compete for the Memorial Cup

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

For Mathew Barzal, winning the Western Hockey League Championship settled some unfinished business. 

Last season, Barzal and the Seattle Thunderbirds made it all the way to the WHL Final, but fell in five games to the Brandon Wheat Kings. With one last chance to hoist the WHL crown, Barzal led the T-Birds to the promised land, downing the Regina Pats in six games. 

"It's pretty special," Barzal said. "Losing last year in the finals and coming back this year and winning it all just feels so good. Every guy on that team has worked so hard and I'm proud of everybody, it's been a great ride so far and we're looking forward to the Memorial Cup."

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Barzal Wins WHL Title, Playoff MVP

Barzal, Seattle Thunderbirds advance to Memorial Cup

by Kelly Keogh kellykeogh19 / New York Islanders

Mathew Barzal and the Seattle Thunderbirds won the Western Hockey League championship on Sunday night, beating the Regina Pats in six games, earning them a spot in the 2017 Memorial Cup. Barzal, 20, captained the T-Birds to a 4-3 overtime win over the Regina Pats in Game 6, giving Seattle their first WHL Championship in the franchise's 40-year history. 

Barzal posted 25 points (7G, 18A) in 16 post-season games en route to being named the WHL Playoff MVP. The Coquitlam, BC native had eight points (2G, 6A) in the six-game championship series. 

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Soderstrom Agrees To Entry-Level Deal

Goaltender won 2017 SHL Championship

by New York Islanders PR NYIslanders / New York Islanders

The New York Islanders announced today that Linus Soderstrom has agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level deal.

Soderstrom, 20, backstopped HV71 to the 2017 Swedish Hockey League Championship, starting all 16 playoff games and posting a 12-4 record with a 2.11 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage. In 22 regular-season games, the Stockholm, Sweden, native posted a 1.34 goals-against average with a .943 save percentage. The SHL rookie posted the best goals-against average in the league.

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Islanders Prospect Report

Mathew Barzal earns a split in first two games of WHL Final

by Kelly Keogh kellykeogh19 / New York Islanders
Barzal Stays Hot; T-Birds Split First Two Games of WHL Final 

Mathew Barzal and the Seattle Thunderbirds opened the 2017 Western Hockey League Final on Friday night in Regina with a 2-1 overtime win over the Pats. Barzal tallied assists on both Seattle goals in the OT win. 

The T-Birds followed up their win with an OT loss in Game 2, falling 4-3 to the Pats, evening the series at one game apiece. Barzal found the scoresheet again, recording the lone assist on Seattle's second goal. Seattle scored all of their three goals in a 56 second span at the beginning of the second period.  

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Islanders Prospect Report

Linus Soderstrom wins SHL Championship, Mathew Barzal to play for WHL Title

by Kelly Keogh kellykeogh19 / New York Islanders

Linus Soderstrom won the Swedish Hockey League championship over the weekend and Mathew Barzal is set to play for the Western Hockey League crown. Read more in the Islanders Prospect Report. 

Soderstrom, HV71 Win SHL Championship 

Linus Soderstrom, the Islanders' 2014 fourth-round pick (95th overall), backstopped HV71 to Swedish Hockey League title on Saturday night. The SHL is the premier professional hockey league in Sweden and this is the fifth title for HV71. 

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Islanders Announce Affiliation Agreement with ECHL Worcester Railers HC

Railers will play their inaugural season in the ECHL's Eastern Conference

by New York Islanders PR NYIslanders / New York Islanders

The New York Islanders announced today that they have reached an affiliation agreement with the Worcester Railers Hockey Club of the ECHL for the 2017-18 season. Worcester joins the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League as the primary minor league affiliates for the Islanders organization.

"We are excited to partner with the Worcester Railers Hockey Club as our new ECHL affiliate and bring professional hockey back to an already established hockey city," Islanders President and General Manager Garth Snow said. "The proximity of having our ECHL team within driving distance from Bridgeport and the Islanders is a definite benefit. The Railers great ownership group, led by Cliff Rucker, has set a platform for our prospects to develop their game in their brand new practice facility, Worcester Ice Center facility. We've had several members of the current Islanders team play games in the ECHL and look forward to continuing that trend with the Railers."  

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Islanders Prospect Report

Mathew Barzal and Linus Soderstrom continue their playoff runs

by Kelly Keogh kellykeogh19 / New York Islanders

Mathew Barzal and Linus Soderstrom are the last two Islanders prospects playing, as both continue deep playoff runs. Barzal is currently in the third round of the WHL playoffs, while Soderstrom is the SHL final. Follow both in the Islanders prospect report.

Barzal, T-Birds Open Conference Championship vs. Kelowna

Mathew Barzal is the last Isles prospect remaining the CHL playoffs as his Seattle Thunderbirds take on the Kelowna Rockets in the WHL's Western Conference Championship. 

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Islanders Prospect Report

Mathew Barzal advances to third round, Linus Soderstrom in SHL Final

by Kelly Keogh kellykeogh19 / New York Islanders

Mathew Barzal advances to the third round of the WHL playoffs, Linus Soderstrom wins Game 1 of the SHL final while David Quenneville and Mitchell Vande Sompel look to stay alive in a pair of Game 7s this week. Read more in the Islanders Prospect Report.

Barzal, T-Birds Sweeping Their Way to the Third Round 

Mathew Barzal and the Seattle Thunderbirds have yet to lose a game on their impressive run to the Western Hockey League's Western Conference Championship. The T-Birds improved to 8-0 after sweeping their second-round series against the Everett Silvertips in four games.

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