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NYI WEEKLY PROSPECT WATCH: NOVEMBER 8

Saturday, 11.10.2007 / 6:27 PM ET / News
By Jason Lockhart  - Website/Publications Coordinator
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NYI WEEKLY PROSPECT WATCH: NOVEMBER 8

Each weekend you can find out how the Islanders prospects situated throughout the globe have faired during the week.


PLAYER SPOTLIGHT

Name: Blake Kessel
Position: Defenseman
Team: Waterloo (6-3-1)
League: USHL
Acquired: Islanders 2007 sixth-round draft pick (166th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (10) Goals (2), Assists (2), Points (4), PIM (4)

Update: Kessel is currently representing the United States at the World Junior A Challenge in British Columbia. Kessel's six points in two games leads the tournament.

What the scouts are saying: "Blake is really stepping up his offense. He's wearing an "A" for Team USA and taking on a leadership role. It's good to see that he's calm with the puck, getting shots on net and joining the rush. But he's not sacrificing his game in the defensive zone. He's generally a stay-at-home defenseman, but he has looked good playing more of an offensive role."

- Tim MacLean
Scout (Western Canada)



Name: Emil Axelsson
Position: Defenseman
Team: Vasteras (9-4-2)
League: HockeyAllsvenskan (SWE)
Acquired: Islanders 2004 seventh round draft pick (210th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (14), Goals (0), Assists (1), Points (1), PIM (45)

Update:  Vasteras was off this week.



Name: Brian Day
Position: Right Wing
Team: Colgate (3-4-1, ECACHL (0-1-1)
League: ECACHL
Acquired: Islanders 2006 sixth-round draft pick (171st overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (7), Goals (5), Assists (0), Points (5), PIM (15)

Update: Day continues to lead Colgate with five goals, but the team has struggled out of the gates, dropping below .500 after a tie and a loss last weekend.


Name: Robin Figren
Position: Left Wing
Team: Edmonton (9-8-1-2)^
League: WHL
Acquired: Islanders 2006 third-round draft pick (70th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (16), Goals (7), Assists (7), Points (14), PIM (20)

Update: Figren scored two goals during Edmonton's 2-2-0-0 week.


Name: Max Gratchev
Position: Left Wing
Team: Rimouski (8-15-1-0)^
League: QMJHL
Acquired: Islanders 2007 fourth-round draft pick (106th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (10), Goals (2), Assists (4), Points (6), PIM (14)

Update: Gratchev did not play in any games this week for Rimouski.


Name: Jason Gregoire
Position: Left Wing
Team: Lincoln (4-6-1)
League: USHL
Acquired: Islanders 2007 third-round draft pick (76th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (11), Goals (5), Assists (6), Points (11), PIM (13)

Update: Gregoire recorded two goals in Lincoln's 8-4 loss to Indiana on 11/3/07.


Name: Shea Guthrie
Position: Wing
Team: Clarkson (6-2-0, ECACHL (3-0-0)
League: ECACHL
Acquired: Islanders 2005 third round draft pick (76th overall)
Stats to date: GP (7), Goals (1), Assists (3), Points (4), PIM (0)

Update: Eighth-ranked Clarkson continues to roll, posting wins over Harvard and Dartmouth last weekend. Guthrie had a two-assist game against Harvard on 11/3/07. 


Name: Jesse Joensuu
Position: Wing
Team: Assat (5-12-3)
League: SM-Liiga (FIN)
Acquired: Islanders 2006 second round draft pick (60th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (19), Goals (5), Assists (2), Points (7)

Update: Assat did not play this week.


Name: Kim Johansson
Position: Center
Team: Malmo Allsvenskan (9-4-2), J20 (6-9-2)
League: Allsvenskan, J20 (SWE)
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fifth round draft pick (141st overall)
Stats to date: Allsvenskan: Games Played (9), Goals (0), Assists (1), Points (1), PIM (4), J20: GP (13), G (3), A (7), Pts. (10), PIM (14)

Update: Malmo was off this week.


Name: Mark Katic
Position: Defenseman
Team: Sarnia (10-8-0-0)^
League: OHL
Acquired: Islanders 2007 third-round draft pick (62nd overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (8), Goals (0), Assists (4), Points (4), PIM (7)

Update: Sarnia did not play this week.


Name: Simon Lacroix
Position: Defenseman
Team: Shawinigan (9-8-0-2)^
League: QMJHL
Acquired: Islanders 2007 seventh round draft pick (196th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (17), Goals (1), Assists (7), Points (8), PIM (20)

Update: Lacroix earned First Star of the Game honors in Shawinigan's 3-2 defeat of Quebec on 11/4/07. The defenseman scored his team's firs goal.

Name: Tomas Marcinko
Position: Center
Team: Barrie (11-7-1-0)^
League: OHL
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fourth round draft pick (114th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (15), Goals (11), Assists (6), Points (17), PIM (14)

Update: Marcinko did not play in Barrie's two games this week.


Name: Tyrell Mason
Position: Defensemen
Team: Clarkson (6-2-0, ECACHL 3-0-0)
League: ECACHL
Acquired: Islanders 2005 sixth round draft pick (180th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (6), Goals (0), Assists (0), Points (0), PIM (0)

Update: Mason and the Clarkson defense have held opponents to 2.12 goals per game – tied for 13th best in the nation.


Name: Kyle Okposo
Position: Right Wing
Team: Minnesota (4-4-0, 0-4-0 WCHA)
League: WCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2006 first round draft pick (7th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (8), Goals (1), Assists (2), Points (3), PIM (0)

Update: After winning three consecutive games, including an exhibition contest against the US Under-18 squad, the Golden Gophers dropped back-to-back games against Denver to fall back to .500 and winless against WCHA teams.


Name: Rhett Rakhshani
Position: Right Wing
Team: Denver (6-2-0, 3-1-0 WCHA)
League: WCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fourth round draft pick (100th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (6), Goals (2), Assists (6), Points (8), PIM (8)

Update: Rakhshani and the Pioneers had excellent weekends, sweeping rival Minnesota on the road. Rakhshani recorded two goals and two assists in the two games. He notched the game-winner on 11/3/07.


Name: Stefan Ridderwall
Position: Goaltender
Team: Djurgardens - Elite (7-6-4)
League: Elite League, J20 (SWE)
Acquired: Islanders 2006 sixth round draft pick (173rd overall)
Stats to date: Elite: Record (2-1-0), GAA (1.30), SV% (.946)

Update: Djurgardens was off this week.


Name: Doug Rogers
Position: Center
Team: Harvard (1-1-0), 1-1-0 ECACHL)
League: ECACHL
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fourth round draft pick (100th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (2), Goals (1), Assists (2), Points (3), PIM (2)

Update: Rogers tallied a goal – the game-winner – and an assist in Harvard's 6-1 win over St. Lawrence on 11/3/07.


Name: Shane Sims
Position: Defenseman
Team: Ohio State (2-7-0, CCHA (0-5-0)
League: CCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fifth round draft pick (126th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (8), Goals (0), Assists (0), Points (0), PIM (6)

Update: Ohio State has not gotten off to a strong start, having dropped seven games in a row, including five against conference foes.


Name: Igor Volkov
Position: Forward
Team: Ufa (18-0-1-1-4)*
League: Russian Super League
Acquired: Islanders 2003 eighth round draft pick (246th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (21), Goals (6), Assists (4), Points (10), PIM (8)

Update: Ufa did not play this week.


Name: Jase Weslosky
Position: Goaltender
Team: St. Cloud State (4-2-2, 1-2-1 WCHA)   
League: WCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fourth round draft pick (108th overall)
Stats to date: Record (3-2-0), GAA (1.81), SV% (.935)

Update: Weslosky earned the win in a 5-3 game against Alaska-Anchorage on 11/2/07.



* In the Russian Super League, the points system is as follows: Wins (3 pts.)-OT Wins (2 pts.)-Ties (1 pt.)-OT Losses (1 pt.)-Losses (0 pts.).
^ 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.).
* In the Russian Super League, the points system is as follows: Wins (3 pts.)-OT Wins (2 pts.)-Ties (1 pt.)-OT Losses (1 pt.)-Losses (0 pts.).
^ 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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