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Weekly Prospect Watch

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

Three Islanders prospects were named captains on Sarnia, including Justin DiBenedetto, who recorded nine points for the second weekend in a row. Two other prospects––Jason Gregoire and Corey Trivino––earned their first NCAA points and Kevin Poulin was twice named the First Star of the Game this past weekend.

 
Check out how all of the Islanders prospects did this week in this edition of NYI Weekly Prospect Watch.
 
Name: Brian Day
Position: Right Wing
Team: Colgate (2-0-0, ECACHL (0-0-0)
League: ECACHL
Acquired: Islanders 2006 sixth-round draft pick (171st overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (2), Goals (2), Assists (1), Points (3), PIM (0)

Update: Day had a big weekend, scoring two goals, including the game-winner in a 4-1 victory over Bentley on Friday. Day is tied for the team lead with three points and is the leader with two goals.


Name: Justin DiBenedetto
Position: Left Wing
Team: Sarnia (5-6-0-1)^
League: OHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 sixth-round draft pick (175th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (7), Goals (9), Assists (12), Points (21), PIM (8)

Update: DiBenedetto recorded his second consecutive nine-point weekend, scoring three goals and adding six assists in two Sarnia wins. DiBenedetto is tied for fourth in the OHL with nine goals and ranks second with 21 points, having played in only seven of his team's first 12 games. This week, DiBenedetto was named one of Sarnia's alternate captains.


Name: Matt Donovan
Position: Defenseman
Team: Cedar Rapids (4-1-0)
League: USHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 fourth-round draft pick (96th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (5), Goals (0), Assists (3), Points (3), PIM (4)

Update: The second-year USHL defenseman was a combined +3 this weekend in two Cedar Rapids victories. Donovan is tied for first with three assists among Cedar Rapids defensemen.


Name: Robin Figren
Position: Left Wing
Team: Djurgardens (5-4-4)
League: Swedish Elite League
Acquired: Islanders 2006 third-round draft pick (70th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (7), Goals (2), Assists (3), Points (5), PIM (6)

Update: Figren picked up an assist in Thursday's 2-1 Djurgardens win over Rogle.



Name: Max Gratchev
Position: Left Wing
Team: Lewiston (5-9-0-0)^
League: QMJHL
Acquired: Islanders 2007 fourth-round draft pick (106th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (11), Goals (2), Assists (5), Points (7), PIM (16)

Update: Gratchev went scoreless in three losses this week for Lewiston, which has won only three games in its past 10.



Name: Jason Gregoire
Position: Left Wing
Team: North Dakota (1-3-0, WCHA 1-1-0)
League: WCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2007 third-round draft pick (76th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (4), Goals (0), Assists (1), Points (1), PIM (0)

Update: Gregoire recorded his first NCAA point, assisting on North Dakota's first goal in its 4-1 win over Minnesota State on Saturday.
 


Name: Travis Hamonic
Position: Defenseman
Team: Moose Jaw (5-5-0-1)^
League: WHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 second-round draft pick (53rd overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (8), Goals (2), Assists (8), Points (10), PIM (12)

Update: Hamonic assisted on two goals in Moose Jaw's 5-4 win over Portland on Saturday. Hamonic is tied for fourth in WHL among defensemen in assists and is tied for sixth in points.


Name: Mark Katic
Position: Defenseman
Team: Sarnia (5-6-0-1)^
League: OHL
Acquired: Islanders 2007 third-round draft pick (62nd overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (7), Goals (1), Assists (5), Points (6), PIM (4)

Update: Katic was named one of Sarnia's alternate captain. He followed that honor up with a four-point weekend. Katic was named the game's Second Star in Sarnia's 5-2 win over Barrie on Saturday.
 

Name: Blake Kessel
Position: Defenseman
Team: New Hampshire (3-0-0, Hockey East 1-0-0)
League: Hockey East
Acquired: Islanders 2007 sixth-round draft pick (166th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (3) Goals (0), Assists (1), Points (1), PIM (2)

Update: New Hampshire continued its perfect start to the season, knocking off RPI 1-0 on Friday and Hockey East rival Boston University 2-1 on Saturday. Kessel and the UNH defense have allowed only two goals on the season.


Name: Simon Lacroix
Position: Defenseman
Team: Shawinigan (11-4-0-0)^
League: QMJHL
Acquired: Islanders 2007 seventh round draft pick (196th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (9), Goals (6), Assists (9), Points (15), PIM (14)

Update: Lacroix was a scoring machine this week. He began the week with three assists in a 7-0 shutout against Drummondville. On Friday, he totaled a goal and two assists in an 8-6 win over Rimouski, earning him Second Star honors. He scored a hat trick in a 7-5 win against Val-d'Or on Saturday for First Star honors. Lacroix is first among Shawinigan defensemen in goals and points. Shawinigan is ranked second in the QMJHL in points.

 
Name: Matt Martin
Position: Left Wing
Team: Sarnia (5-6-0-1)^
League: OHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 fifth-round draft pick (148th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (7), Goals (7), Assists (6), Points (13), PIM (14)

Update: Martin was named Sarnia's captain. He was named the game's Second Star in Sarnia's 8-6 win over Oshawa on Friday.

 

Name: Tyrell Mason
Position: Defensemen
Team: Clarkson (1-1-0, ECACHL 0-0-0)
League: ECACHL
Acquired: Islanders 2005 sixth round draft pick (180th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (2), Goals (0), Assists (0), Points (0), PIM (0)

Update: Clarkson split its opening weekend, defeating RIT, but losing to Niagara. Clarkson is the defending ECACHL regular-season champion.
 

 
Name: Aaron Ness
Position: Defenseman
Team: Minnesota (2-0-0, WCHA 2-0-0)
League: WCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2008 second-round draft pick (40th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (2), Goals (0), Assists (0), Points (0), PIM (0)

Update: Ness and Minnesota started off the season with a sweep over St. Cloud State.
 
 

Name: Jyri Niemi
Position: Defenseman
Team: Saskatoon (8-4-0-0)^
League: WHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 third-round draft pick (72nd overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (4), Goals (0), Assists (3), Points (3), PIM (10)

Update:
Saskatoon picked up a win in its lone game this week, defeating Swift Current 3-1 on Wednesday. Niemi had two assists in the win.
 
 

Name: Kevin Poulin
Position: Goaltender
Team: Victoriaville (9-7-0-0)^
League: QMJHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 fifth-round draft pick (126th overall)
Stats to date: Record (6-4-0), GAA (2.88), SV% (.903)

Update: Poulin made 43 saves in Victoriaville's 5-3 win over Cape Breton on Friday and was named the game's First Star. He followed that up with another solid performance on Sunday with a 3-2 win over the same opponent, once again earning First Star honors.


Name: Rhett Rakhshani
Position: Right Wing
Team: Denver (3-0-0, WCHA 2-0-0)
League: WCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fourth round draft pick (100th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (3), Goals (1), Assists (4), Points (5), PIM (4)

Update: Rakhshani helped Denver stay perfect on the season by scoring a goal and adding three assists over the weekend. Denver swept Wisconsin by the scores of 6-5 and 7-4.


Name: Stefan Ridderwall
Position: Goaltender
Team: Djurgardens (5-4-4)
League: Swedish Elite League
Acquired: Islanders 2006 sixth round draft pick (173rd overall)
Stats to date: GAA (2.47), SV% (.904)

Update: Ridderwall picked up the win in a 2-1 overtime decision against Rogle on Thursday.



Name: Shane Sims
Position: Defenseman
Team: Ohio State (1-2-1, CCHA 1-2-1)
League: CCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fifth round draft pick (126th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (4), Goals (0), Assists (1), Points (1), PIM (4)

Update: Ohio State took part in the CCHA's first intra-conference shootout. The Buckeyes won 3-1 in the shootout against Miami of Ohio on Friday. The CCHA elected to eliminate tied in conference games. Shootout victories will count as two points when determining conference standing, but will count as a tie for NCAA purposes.


Name: Jared Spurgeon
Position: Defenseman
Team: Spokane (8-1-0-3)^
League: WHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 sixth-round draft pick (156th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (10), Goals (0), Assists (7), Points (7), PIM (6)

Update: Spokane picked up seven points this week in three games to stay atop their division. Spurgeon had three assists in the week, including two against Kamloops on Friday.
 
 
Name: Corey Trivino
Position: Center
Team: Boston University (3-1-0, Hockey East 1-1-0)
League: Hockey East
Acquired: Islanders 2008 second-round draft pick (36th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (4), Goals (0), Assists (1), Points (1), PIM (0)

Update: Trivino earned his first NCAA point by assisting on a goal in Boston University's 5-2 win over Merrimack on Friday.
 
 

Name: David Ullstrom
Position: Center/Left Wing
Team: Boras (1-9-1)
League: Allsvenskan (SWE)
Acquired: Islanders 2008 fourth-round draft pick (102nd overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (11), Goals (7), Assists (3), Points (10), PIM (18)

Update: Ullstrom recorded an assist in Boras' 7-4 loss to Mora on Wednesday.


Name: Jase Weslosky
Position: Goaltender
Team: St. Cloud State (2-2-0, WCHA 0-2-0)   
League: WCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fourth round draft pick (108th overall)
Stats to date: Record (1-2-0), GAA (2.36), SV% (.924)

Update: Weslosky dropped a pair of games to Minnesota over the weekend. 


^ In the WHL, OHL and QMJHL, the points system is as follows: Wins (2 pts.)-Losses (0 pts.)-OT Losses (1 pt.)-Shootout Losses (1 pt.).


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