NYI WEEKLY PROSPECT WATCH: December 20

Thursday, 12.20.2007 / 7:02 PM ET / News
By Jason Lockhart  - Website/Publications Coordinator
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NYI WEEKLY PROSPECT WATCH: December 20

At the beginning of each week you can find out how the Islanders prospects situated throughout the globe have fared during the week.

Player Spotlight

Name: Mark Katic
Position: Defenseman
Team: Sarnia (18-15-1-0)^
League: OHL
Acquired: Islanders 2007 third-round draft pick (62nd overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (22), Goals (1), Assists (15), Points (16), PIM (22)

Update: Katic earned First Star of the Game honors on Saturday in Sarnia's 4-3 win over Barries. Katic tallied his first goal of the season and added two assists.

What the scouts are saying: "After missing the start of the season due to an injury, Mark is starting to provide more offense from the blueline. In addition to putting up points, Mark is consistently working on improving his whole game, on the defensive end out. We are happy with the opportunities he is getting in all situations and are continuing to notice improvement in his game."

Ryan Jankowski
- Assistant GM/Director of Amateur Scouting


Name: Emil Axelsson
Position: Defenseman
Team: Vasteras (17-8-3)
League: HockeyAllsvenskan (SWE)
Acquired: Islanders 2004 seventh round draft pick (210th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (27), Goals (0), Assists (2), Points (2), PIM (82)

Update:  Axelsson picked up an assist during Vasteras' 3-1-0 week.


Name: Brian Day
Position: Right Wing
Team: Colgate (7-7-2, ECACHL (1-3-2)
League: ECACHL
Acquired: Islanders 2006 sixth-round draft pick (171st overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (14), Goals (8), Assists (5), Points (13), PIM (19)

Update: Colgate was off this week and returns to action on Friday, December 28 at Wisconsin in the Badger Showdown.


Name: Robin Figren
Position: Left Wing
Team: Edmonton (12-18-2-3)^
League: WHL
Acquired: Islanders 2006 third-round draft pick (70th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (26), Goals (13), Assists (12), Points (25), PIM (30)

Update: Figren will represent Sweden at the World Junior Championship later this month in the Czech Republic.


Name: Max Gratchev
Position: Left Wing
Team: Rimouski (14-24-1-0)^
League: QMJHL
Acquired: Islanders 2007 fourth-round draft pick (106th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (14), Goals (3), Assists (5), Points (8), PIM (16)

Update: Gratchev is out with an injury.


Name: Jason Gregoire
Position: Left Wing
Team: Lincoln (10-13-2)
League: USHL
Acquired: Islanders 2007 third-round draft pick (76th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (23), Goals (9), Assists (17), Points (26), PIM (23)

Update: Gregoire did not play this week.


Name: Shea Guthrie
Position: Wing
Team: Clarkson (10-5-0, ECACHL (6-2-0)
League: ECACHL
Acquired: Islanders 2005 third round draft pick (76th overall)
Stats to date: GP (14), Goals (3), Assists (6), Points (9), PIM (0)

Update: Clarkson did not play this week and returns to action on December 28 in Florida against Maine in the Florida College Classic.


Name: Jesse Joensuu   
Position: Wing
Team: Assat (7-21-4)
League: SM-Liiga (FIN)
Acquired: Islanders 2006 second round draft pick (60th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (32), Goals (9), Assists (9), Points (18)

Update: Joensuu did not record a point in one game this week with Assat.


Name: Kim Johansson
Position: Center
Team: Malmo - Allsvenskan (18-6-4), J20 (11-12-4)
League: Allsvenskan, J20 (SWE)
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fifth round draft pick (141st overall)
Stats to date: Allsvenskan: Games Played (22), Goals (0), Assists (1), Points (1), PIM (22), J20: GP (13), G (3), A (7), Pts. (10), PIM (14)

Update: Johansson went scoreless in three games this week with Malmo of Allsvenskan.


Name: Blake Kessel
Position: Defenseman
Team: Waterloo (13-6-4)
League: USHL
Acquired: Islanders 2007 sixth-round draft pick (166th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (22) Goals (8), Assists (9), Points (17), PIM (8)

Update: Kessel picked up three assists in a pair of wins this weekend over Indiana.


Name: Simon Lacroix
Position: Defenseman
Team: Shawinigan (17-16-0-3)^
League: QMJHL
Acquired: Islanders 2007 seventh round draft pick (196th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (34), Goals (5), Assists (13), Points (16), PIM (35)

Update: Lacroix earned the First Star of the Game last Wednesday in Shawinigan's 4-0 defeat of Victoriaville. Lacroix posted a goal and an assist in the contest.


Name: Tomas Marcinko
Position: Center
Team: Barrie (17-16-2-1)^
League: OHL
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fourth round draft pick (114th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (21), Goals (11), Assists (11), Points (22), PIM (28)

Update: Marcinko is taking part in the Slovakian Junior National Team camp in hopes of making his second World Junior Championship.


Name: Tyrell Mason
Position: Defensemen
Team: Clarkson (10-5-0, ECACHL 6-2-0)
League: ECACHL
Acquired: Islanders 2005 sixth round draft pick (180th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (15), Goals (0), Assists (2), Points (2), PIM (0)

Update: Clarkson did not play this week and returns to action on December 28 in Florida against Maine in the Florida College Classic.


Name: Rhett Rakhshani
Position: Right Wing
Team: Denver (14-4-0, 11-3-0 WCHA)
League: WCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fourth round draft pick (100th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (16), Goals (7), Assists (7), Points (14), PIM (24)

Update: Denver has rattled off four-straight victories to move into a first-place tie with Colorado College in the WCHA.


Name: Stefan Ridderwall
Position: Goaltender
Team: Djurgardens - Elite (12-12-6)
League: Elite League
Acquired: Islanders 2006 sixth round draft pick (173rd overall)
Stats to date: Elite: Record (2-2-1), GAA (2.65), SV% (.901)

Update: Ridderwall did not play this week, but will represent Sweden in the World Junior Championship later this month.


Name: Doug Rogers
Position: Center
Team: Harvard (6-4-2), 5-3-1 ECACHL)
League: ECACHL
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fourth round draft pick (100th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (12), Goals (2), Assists (5), Points (7), PIM (12)

Update: Rogers registered an assist in Harvard's 7-2 loss to Boston College on Wednesday.


Name: Shane Sims
Position: Defenseman
Team: Ohio State (5-13-2, CCHA (2-9-1)
League: CCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fifth round draft pick (126th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (18), Goals (0), Assists (3), Points (3), PIM (18)

Update: Ohio State played a pair of overtime matches against Alaska this weekend, tying one and losing the other.


Name: Igor Volkov
Position: Forward
Team: Ufa (27-1-2-1-5)*
League: Russian Super League
Acquired: Islanders 2003 eighth round draft pick (246th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (32), Goals (15), Assists (5), Points (16), PIM (10)

Update: Volkov recorded a goal this week for 2-0 Ufa..


Name: Jase Weslosky
Position: Goaltender
Team: St. Cloud State (8-8-2, 4-7-1 WCHA)   
League: WCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fourth round draft pick (108th overall)
Stats to date: Record (7-7-0), GAA (2.18), SV% (.929)

Update: Weslosky earned the victory in St. Cloud's 4-2 victory Saturday over WCHA leader Colorado College.

* 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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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
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R. Strome 76 16 32 20 48
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F. Nielsen 76 14 28 8 42
B. Nelson 77 19 22 7 41
A. Lee 71 23 16 10 39
J. Bailey 65 15 23 3 38
J. Boychuk 67 8 25 9 33
N. Leddy 73 10 21 14 31
T. Hamonic 67 5 26 16 31
 
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