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COUNTDOWN TO NYI CAMP: The Forwards

Tuesday, 09.11.2007 / 6:40 PM / News
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COUNTDOWN TO NYI CAMP: The Forwards

A look at the forwards participating at the Islanders' 2007 Training Camp

Ted Nolan and the rest of the Islanders coaching staff will have some decisions to make regarding the 35 forwards invited to this year's Training Camp. Of the 35 forwards, 13 have one-way NHL contracts, so it will be interesting to see who makes the cut. Questions such as, which young gun – Jeff Tambellini, Frans Nielsen, Blake Comeau – can crack the lineup to begin the season, will be answered in a few short weeks.

Below is a rundown of the 35 forwards set to appear at Islanders Training Camp, which begins this Friday in Moncton.

 
Shawn Bates
Center/Left Wing
Born: April 3, 1975 -- Melrose, MA
Height: 6'
Weight: 210
Shoots: Right

Bates looks to bounce back from an injury in 2006-07 that kept him out of the Islanders lineup for all but 48 games. Before going down with the injury, Bates was one of the Islanders' best penalty killers up front. His one shorthanded goal in 2006-07 extended his streak of five straight seasons of scoring at least one goal while down a man. He finished the season with the second highest plus-minus rating among Islanders forwards with a +13. Bates' speed and hard work make him a valuable asset in the new NHL.



Sean Bentivoglio
Left Wing
Born: Oct. 16, 1985 -- Thorold, ON
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 200
Shoots: Left

Bentivoglio makes his way to his first Islanders Training Camp after signing earlier this year. Following four remarkable seasons with Niagara University and 2006-07 CHA Player of the Year honors, Bentivoglio spent the end of last season playing with the Providence Bruins of the AHL. There he was 3-11-14 in 15 regular season games before playing a pivotal role in the team's run to the second round of the Calder Cup Playoffs. In his first AHL postseason, Bentivoglio was 3-6-9 in 13 contests. He recorded six points in the team's seven-game opening round defeat of the Hartford Wolf Pack.



Sean Bergenheim
Center
Born: Feb. 8, 1984 -- Helsinki, Finland
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 202
Shoots: Left

After splitting time in the Russian SuperLeague and the Swedish Elite League in 2006-07, the flashy Finn rejoins the Islanders organization. Bergenheim put up impressive numbers with Frolunda in Sweden, tallying 16 goals and 17 assists in 36 games, in a relatively low scoring league. Only 23 years old, Bergenheim already has shown he has the skills to compete in the NHL having totaled four goals and five assists in 28 games with the Islanders during the 2005-06 season.

 

Daryl Bootland
Right Wing
Born: Nov. 2, 1981 -- Bradford, ON
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 199
Shoots: Right

One of Garth Snow's tough guy signings over the summer, Bootland packs a lot of punch in his 6-2 frame. Bootland has eclipsed the 300 penalty mark in three professional seasons, including one with Toldeo of the ECHL and two while with Grand Rapids of the AHL. But Bootland isn't only about the fisticuffs. In 2005-06, Bootland ranked fifth on Grand Rapids with 27 goals during the regular season. In the postseason, he placed fifth on the team with 12 playoff points in 16 games. While at Training Camp, he could be one of the players who mixes it up with his fellow teammates. Bootland has 28 games of NHL experience under his belt.


 
Justin Bourne
Right Wing
Born: Dec. 12, 1982 -- Kelowna, BC
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 195
Shoots: Right

Son of Islanders legend Bob Bourne, Justin recently signed a minor league contract with the Islanders. He finished his four years at Alaska-Anchorage in 2006-07 by earning the team's MVP Award. In 149 career games with the Seawolves, Bourne was 31-53-84, including nine power play goals, one shorthanded tally and seven game winners. Bourne led Alaska in his senior year with 31 points and 21 assists, while ranking second in goals with ten. Following the conclusion of his amateur career, Bourne suited up for the Alaska Aces of the ECHL and was 3-3-6 in nine games.



Kip Brennan
Left Wing
Born: Aug. 27 1980 -- Kingston, ON
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 222
Shoots: Left

Add Brennan to the list of players who made the Islanders organization tougher in the off-season. At 6-4, Brennan throws his weight around effectively. A 58-game NHL pro, Brennan split time in 2006-07 between the AHL and ECHL. In 27 AHL games, Brennan was 4-2-6 with 73 penalty minutes.



Marc Cavosie
Center/Right Wing
Born: Aug. 6 1981 -- Albany, NY
Height: 6"
Weight: 178   
 
Cavosie comes to Camp as an invitee. A 2000 fourth round draft pick by the Minnesota Wid, Cavosie was a star at RPI from 1999-2002. In his third and final season, he led the team in scoring with 50 points in 36 games. Since then, he spent four years in the AHL with Houston and Philadelphia before spending last season in Sweden. In 2005-06 with the Phantoms, Cavosie tied his AHL career high in assists with 21.



Jeremy Colliton
Center
Born: Jan. 13, 1985 -- Blackie, AB
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 195
Shoots: Right 

Before Colliton's 2006-07 season was cut short by a shoulder injury he was 10-12-22 in 45 games with the Sound Tigers. Prior to the injury, Colliton joined the Islanders for one game of the 2006-07 season. He became the Sound Tigers' youngest alternate captain, who donned the “A" for the entire year. Drafted by the Islanders in the second round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Colliton is now a veteran of Islanders Training Camps, and will be relieved to return to the ice after missing this summer's Prospects Camp with an injury.

 

Blake Comeau
Right Wing
Born: Feb. 18 1986 -- Meadow Lake, SK
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 198
Shoots: Right 

The Islanders' 2004 second-round draft pick has made some major strides since being chosen 47th overall. After completing five seasons in the WHL, Comeau played his first full season with the Sound Tigers during the 2006-07 and didn't disappoint. The rugged power forward led all Bridgeport rookies with 12 goals, 31 assists, 43 points, four power play goals and two shorthanded tallies. Comeau's hard work at Bridgeport earned him three games with the Islanders, with whom he made his NHL debut on Dec 7 versus Montreal.

 

Mike Comrie
Center
Born: Sep. 11 1980 -- Edmonton, AB
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 172   
Shoots: Left

The shifty center from Edmonton is excited to be a member of the Islanders. Comrie has seen time with Edmonton, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Ottawa over his six-year NHL career. A third-round draft pick in 1999, Comrie has reached at least 30 goals twice in a season and twice totaled 60 points. Last season, Comrie helped Ottawa reach the Stanley Cup Finals by compiling two goals and four assists in 20 playoff games. Some might remember Mike Comrie's beautiful one-on-one goal from last season against the Islanders on March 31, when he made a number of moves to get around Deron Quint before sliding one home.

 

Derek Damon
Left Wing
Born: Nov. 12, 1980 -- Bangor, ME
Height: 6'
Weight: 195
Shoots: Left

An undrafted Training Camp invitee, Damon didn't have to go far from his home in Bangor, Maine to attend the University of Maine in Orono. Following four productive years with the Black Bears, where he scored 15 goals and added 20 assists in his senior year, Damon played in three games with Lowell of the AHL to close out the 2005-06 season. Last year, Damon played his first full year of pro hockey, scoring 20 goals and adding 28 assists in 56 games for Florida of the ECHL. His 48 points was sixth best on the team.



Gordie Dwyer
Left Wing
Born: Jan. 25, 1978 -- Dalhousie, NB
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 206
Shoots: Left

Dwyer will be the oldest forward invited to this year's Camp. The New Brunswick native turned pro in 1999 and has appeared in 108 NHL games. Known more for his physical play than his scoring touch, Dwyer led Lowell of the AHL during the 2004-05 season with 183 penalty minutes. Dwyer played in only 17 games with Lowell in 2005-06, compiling four assists and 37 penalty minutes.

 

Ruslan Fedotenko
Left Wing
Born: Jan. 18, 1979 -- Kiev, Ukraine
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 195
Shoots: Left

Tank joins the Islanders in his seventh NHL season. Fedotenko has reached at least 30 points in five of his first six seasons, totaling his career high in a season of 41 in 2005-06 with Tampa Bay. In 2003-04, Fedotenko tied for the team lead with 12 playoff goals on their way to hoisting Lord Stanley's Cup. Fedotenko scored the only two goals for Tampa Bay in the Game 7 victory over Calgary in the Finals.

 

Robin Figren
Wing
Born: March 7, 1988 -- Stockholm, Sweden
Height: 5'11
Weight: 176
Shoots: Right

The upbeat Swede returns to his second Training Camp after being selected by the Islanders in the third round of last year's Entry Draft. Figren made his North American hockey debut last season, playing for the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL. Figren led all Calgary rookies in goals with ten and points with 27. He was especially impressive in the postseason, helping to guide the Hitmen into the third round. Figren finished the postseason 4-4-8 in 18 games.



Chris Gaudet
Center
Born: June 15, 1986 -- Memramcook, NB
Height: 6'
Weight: 191
Shoots: Left   

Gaudet returns to his second Islanders Training Camp after getting an invite last year. Serving as Moncton's captain in the QMJHL captain, Gaudet played under Ted Nolan in 2005-06. Last season, Gaudet was 16-22-38 in 63 games with Moncton. He then played for Springfield of the AHL on a four-game tryout.



Max Gratchev
Left Wing
Born: Sep. 26, 1988 -- Novosibirsk, Russia
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 196
Shoots: Left

The Islanders' 2007 fourth round draft pick will make his first appearance at an Islanders Training Camp after participating in the Prospects Camp over the summer. Gratchev's high-energy play led to his team-leading 77 points for Rimouski of the QMJHL in 2006-07. His 77 points bested his teammate Michael Frolik, who was chosen tenth overall at this year's NHL Draft. Gratchev was born in Russia, but moved to the United States at a young age, learning to play the North American style, while inheriting his native Russian skills.



Bill Guerin
Right Wing
Born: Nov. 9, 1970 -- Worcester, MA
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 210
Shoots: Right

A new chapter in Islanders history began on July 9, when Guerin was named as the team's 11th captain in franchise history. A natural leader, Guerin's accomplishments speak for themselves. He's won a Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils in 2005, is a four-time All-Star, a three-time Olympian and the 2001 All-Star Game MVP. At 36, Guerin shows no signs of slowing down having scored 36 goals last season – just five shy of his career of 41 set in 2001-02. His 105 games of playoff experience will be valuable to the team late in the season.



Tyler Haskins
Center
Born: May 26, 1986 -- Madison, OH
Height: 6'
Weight: 185
Shoots: Right

Originally drafted by Detroit in the fifth round of the 2004 Entry Draft, Haskins has played in the OHL the past four years, splitting time between the Guelph Storm, the Toronto St. Michael's Majors and the Saginaw Spirit. During the 2006-07 season, ranked first on Saginaw with 60 assists and third in points with 71. Haskins also has a physical side, posting 90 penalty minutes, which ranked second on the team.



Andy Hilbert
Center/Left Wing
Born: Feb. 6 1981 -- Howell, MI
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 194
Shoots: Left

At just 26 years of age, Hilbert is still young and glowing with potential. He played on arguably the most consistent line of the team last year with Mike Sillinger and Trent Hunter. Despite playing against the opposition's top lines most nights, Hilbert finished a +10 on the season. Playing in a career high 81 games, Hilbert totaled career highs in goals (8), assists (20) and points (28).



Trent Hunter  
Right Wing
Born: July 5, 1980 -- Red Deer, AB
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 210
Shoots: Right

Part of the HuSH line with Sillinger and Hilbert, Hunter continued to show he can be a formidable power forward in the new NHL. Hunter reached the 20-goal plateau for the second time in his three-year NHL career, adding 15 assists. The Alberta-native tied a career high with five power play goals, while screening the opposing netminder. In three seasons with the Islanders, Hunter has only missed a combined ten games.



Tim Jackman
Right Wing
Born Nov. 14, 1981 -- Minot, ND
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 210 – Shoots: Right

Jackman signed with the Islanders in the off-season, having played in 32 games in the NHL since the 2003-04 season. At 6-4, Jackman is one of the taller Islanders, and isn't afraid to throw his weight around. Last season, Jackman led Manchester of the AHL in penalty minutes and ranked third on the team with 19 goals. In addition, Jackman appeared in five games with the Los Angeles Kings going scoreless with ten penalty minutes.

 

Olivier Labelle
Right Wing
Born: July 15, 1985 -- St. Eustache, QC
Height: 6'
Weight: 190
Shoots: Right

Labelle is a 22-year old Camp invitee with one year of professional playing experience under his belt. Last year Labelle played in 74 games with Syracuse of the AHL and was 11-20-31, which placed him sixth in points on the team at season's end. A year prior, Labelle was second on his Acadie-Bathurst team of the QMJHL with 100 points. That same season, Labelle finished the postseason with 15 points in 17 games.



Tomas Marcinko
Center
Born: April 11, 1988 -- Poprad, Slovakia
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 187
Shoots: Right 

After playing the start of his junior hockey career in his native Slovakia, Marcinko got his first taste of North American play in the OHL during the 2006-07 season with the Barrie Colts. Marcinko was one of the more productive rookies in the OHL, tying for 17th in the league in points with 40 in 56 games. He ranked fourth on the team with 11 power play goals and finished the regular season a +9. The Islanders' 2006 fourth round selection was 1-3-4 in six games representing Slovakia at the 2007 World Juniors.



Masi Marjamaki
Left Wing
Born: Jan. 16, 1985 -- Pori, Finland
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 195
Shoots: Left

Marjamaki spent his second season with the Sound Tigers posting totals of 6-11-17 in 78 games. Ted Nolan liked what he saw in training camp last season from Marjamaki and played the physical Finn against the Bruins in an exhibition game in Halifax, NS.



Frans Nielsen 
Center
Born: April 24 1984 -- Herning, Denmark
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 192
Shoots: Left

Nielsen made not just personal strides, but national strides, becoming the first Danish-born and raised player to reach the NHL. Nielsen made his NHL debut on Jan 6 at Carolina. He wasn't done there. In his 14th game he tallied his first NHL goal – a game winner – and an assist versus Montreal on Feb 24. Nielsen spent most of the year playing in his first season with Bridgeport, where he was 20-24-44 in 54 games. The Islanders' 2002 third round pick proved his effectiveness in all situations, tallying four power play goals and a team-leading three shorthanded goals. He proved he's one of the better prospects on the team by dominating play this summer at the Prospects Camp.

 

Richard Park  
Right Wing
Born: May 27, 1976 -- Seoul, South Korea
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 190
Shoots: Right 

The feisty wing was a huge pick up by the Islanders last season, earning a spot on the roster after a Training Camp invite. During the regular season, Park was one of the best penalty killers on the Islanders. His most memorable goal came during a 3-on-5 penalty kill against Pittsburgh on January, when he fired a shot past Marc-Andre Fleury after beating Sergei Gonchar in a foot race. But his most heroic performance came when the Islanders needed someone to step up in a big way. Park scored the Islanders' only regulation goals in their 3-2 shootout win over New Jersey in the final game of the regular season.

 

Jason Pitton
Right Wing
Born: May 23, 1986 -- Brampton, ON
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 196
Shoots Left    

Pitton spent parts of four season with Sault Ste. Marie in the OHL before joining the Sound Tigers for the 2006-07 season. The Islanders' eighth round pick in 2004 finished his first season with Bridgeport 9-10-19 in 76 games. His 19 points were good for third best on the team among rookies. If Pitton makes the jump to the NHL in the future, he won't be the only late-round selection from that year to reach the highest level. Chris Campoli was drafted in 2004 just one round earlier.

 

Steve Regier
Left Wing
Born: Aug. 31, 1984 -- Edmonton, AB
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 194
Shoots: Left   

The left-shooting power forward had his best pro season to date in 2006-07, reaching career highs in goals (19), assists (27) and points (46) while playing for Bridgeport. Since turning pro in 2003, Regier's goal, assist, and point totals have climbed each season in the AHL. Regier's steady play earned him a spot in the Islanders lineup for one game last year, increasing his NHL games played total to ten. Regier was selected by the Islanders in the fifth round of the 2004 Entry Draft.

 

Miroslav Satan
Right Wing
Born: Oct. 22, 1974 -- Topolcany, Slovakia
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 192
Shoots: Left

Satan has been one of the most durable players in the NHL over the past decade. He recently snapped his streak of 305 straight NHL games, but still only missed one all season. Since he played in 62 games his rookie season in 1995-96, Satan has never missed more than six games in a season. The last time he played in fewer than 80 was in 2002-03, when he skated in 79 games for Buffalo. Last season, Satan was 27-32-59. He's scored at least 20 goals in his past nine seasons.



Mike Sillinger
Center
Born: June 29, 1971 -- Regina, SK
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 196

Sillinger was everything the Islanders hoped for and more. While dominating the league in faceoffs, Sillinger was assigned to play against the top line each night. At the same time, Sillinger showed that at 35 you can still put up points at a consistent rate. Following his career year of 32 goals and 63 points, Sillinger totaled 26 goals and 59 points. Sillinger was also one of the most versatile forward on special teams. His penalty killing was relentless, pressuring the point men effectively. In addition, he scored 11 power play goals and 12 power play assists.



Jon Sim
Right Wing
Born: Sep. 29, 1977 -- New Glasgow, NS
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 190
Shoots: Left

Sim joins the Islanders with over 300 games of NHL experience to his name. He is following up a career year in the NHL in which he scored 17 goals and adding 12 assists in 77 games. During the 2004-05 NHL Lockout, Sim spent quality minutes playing for Philadelphia's AHL team, the Phantoms. Sim was instrumental in his team capturing the Calder Trophy as the AHL's playoff champion. During the 21-game march to the title, Sim led the team in playoff scoring with ten goals and placed second in points with 17. Participating in only 63 regular season games with the Phantoms that same year, Sim ranked first on the team in goals with 35 and second in points with 61.



Chris Simon
Wing
Born: Jan. 30, 1972 -- Wawa, ON
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 220
Shoots: Left

Simon returns his hard-nosed, no non-sense style of play to the Islanders. In 67 games last season, Simon was 10-17-27. His +17 rating was the highest by any forward on the team. His five fights during the 2006-07 also led the team. Despite four games remaining on his extended suspension from last season, Simon will be eligible to play during the exhibition season.



Trevor Smith
Center
Born: Feb. 8, 1985 -- No. Vancouver, BC
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 190
Shoots: Left   

An un-drafted free agent, Smith signed with the Islanders towards the end of the 2006-07 season after completing his sophomore year at New Hampshire. Smith was 21-22-43 in 39 games with New Hampshire, leading the team in points during the 2006-07 season. He then played in eight games with Bridgeport going 1-2-3. Smith makes his debut at an Islanders Training Camp.



Jeff Tambellini
Left Wing
Born: April 13, 1984 -- Port Moody, BC
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 186
Shoots: Left

The former first-round pick by the Los Angeles Kings made a huge splash in 2006-07. In only 50 games with the Sound Tigers, Tambellini led the team with 30 goals and 59 points. His ten power play goals were tied for the team lead. The British Columbia native also spent 23 games with the Islanders and was 2-7-9 with a +6. He received significant newspaper time when he was captured as the first teammate to embrace Wade Dubielewicz following the postseason-clinching poke-check against New Jersey.

 

Josef Vasicek
Center
Born: Sep. 12, 1980 -- Havlickuv Brod, Slovakia
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 200
Shoots: Right

Vasicek makes his first trip to Long Island after singing with the Islanders this summer. The rugged center produced 45 points for Carolina in 82 games during the 2003-04 season. That season he reached a career high in goals with 19 and assists with 26. After an injury shortened 2005-06 season, Vasicek rebounded in 2006-07 and was 6-16-22 in 63 games.

 

Ben Walter
Born: May 11, 1984 -- Beaconsfield, QC
Height: 6'
Weight: 185
Shoots: Left

The 23-year old Walter was the Most Valuable Player of the Bruins' American Hockey League affiliate in Providence last season, finishing second on the team in scoring with 24 goals and 43 assists for 67 points and a team-leading +23 in 73 games. Walter is entering his third professional season after three years at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. He has played ten games for the Boston Bruins over the last two seasons.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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2 TBL 10 6 3 1 34 26 13
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4 DET 9 5 2 2 22 19 12
5 PIT 8 5 2 1 33 22 11
6 OTT 8 5 2 1 22 17 11
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13 CBJ 9 4 5 0 25 30 8
14 FLA 7 2 2 3 10 16 7
15 BUF 10 2 8 0 11 33 4
16 CAR 8 0 6 2 15 33 2

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J. Tavares 9 4 8 -2 12
K. Okposo 9 3 8 -3 11
F. Nielsen 9 4 4 4 8
J. Boychuk 9 2 6 5 8
R. Strome 9 0 7 5 7
M. Grabovski 6 3 3 4 6
N. Kulemin 9 1 5 3 6
N. Leddy 9 3 2 4 5
J. Bailey 7 2 2 2 4
 
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