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O'MARRA DOING BETTER THAN O'K

Wednesday, 11.9.2005 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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O\'MARRA DOING BETTER THAN O\'K
Islanders 2005 first rounder appears to be a gem

By Corey Witt

Ryan O'Marra was considered a steal on draft day when the Islanders selected him with their 15th overall pick in the first round. Five months later, he's showing why.

In sixteen games for the Erie Otters of the OHL, O'Marra has 26 points on eight goals and 18 assists. He's +11 on the year and second on the Otters in scoring. He's also on pace to amass more than 100 points this season. O'Marra is tearing through the OHL this season and everyone's happy to see the results.

"Ryan is off to a good start this season," said Islanders scout Doug Gibson, who focuses on the OHL and keeps a close eye on O'Marra progress. "He's producing, but the thing to keep in mind with a player like Ryan is that he brings so much more to the table than just offense. He is a leader, and a player who does the little things, too."

O'Marra believes attending his first NHL training camp with the Islanders in Yarmouth in September played a vital role in the successful start to his 2005-06 OHL season.

"I got a great jump-start to my season coming off training camp with the Islanders," said O'Marra following practice with the Otters on Tuesday. "Playing with and against guys like Yashin and Satan and Blake and Parrish gave me some confidence and an idea on what I have to work on to get to the next level. I felt that I was primed for a breakout season and I'm making the best of a good year so far."

O'Marra's success hasn't gone unnoticed. He's been invited to play for Team OHL in the 2005 ADT Canada-Russia Challenge held in Regina, Saskatchewan. The annual competition sees the best of each of the CHL's three leagues face off against the top junior stars from Russia. Islanders prospects Blake Comeau and Dustin Kohn have been invited to play for Team WHL.

"It's an absolute honor to be picked to play in the series," added O'Marra. "In a game like that, the spotlight is on you, so you just want to put on a good show."

So far, he's been doing that nightly for the Otters.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
7 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
12 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
15 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 50 20 23 -2 43
K. Okposo 51 15 28 -9 43
F. Nielsen 53 15 19 -1 34
B. Nelson 53 20 11 -1 31
M. Grabovski 53 9 16 3 25
A. Lee 53 9 15 0 24
J. Bailey 52 9 15 4 24
N. Leddy 53 3 21 -7 24
R. Strome 42 6 15 -4 21
C. Cizikas 53 5 12 5 17
 
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