NYI PROSPECT WATCH: Playoff Edition

Welcome to a special edition of NYI Prospect Watch...Updated May 11: Kessel and Waterloo runners-up in Clark Championship

Friday, 04.11.2008 / 4:12 PM ET / News
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NYI PROSPECT WATCH: Playoff Edition


Name: Blake Kessel
Position: Defenseman
Team: Waterloo (38-17-5)
League: USHL
Acquired: Islanders 2007 sixth-round draft pick (166th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (56) Goals (19), Assists (35), Points (54), PIM (24)

Update: No. 2 Waterloo took a 2-1 series lead, but lost Game 4 at home and then Game 5 on Saturday on the road in overtime, to give Omaha their first Clark Championship since 2001.

In Game 1 of the Championship series, Waterloo and Omaha battled to a 3-3 tie through 60 minutes of play. At 11:02 of the first overtime period, Kessel set-up Brett Olson for the game-winning power play tally, giving Waterloo a 1-0 series advantage.

The following night, Omaha bounced back with a 2-0 victory, handing Waterloo their first loss of the playoffs.

Game 3 put Waterloo up 2-1. The Black Hawks won 3-1 behind three third-period goals. Kessel assisted on the game-winner.

Omaha shutout Waterloo in Game 4 by the score of 2-0, setting up the decisive Game 5.

In Game 5, Kessel assisted on Waterloo's power play goal that tied the game up at three with under eight minutes to play in the third period. But Barry Almeida ended the game at 6:08 of overtime, handing Waterloo their second Chamopinship runner-up title in two years.

Kessel led all playoff performers with ten assists and ranked first on his team with 11 points. His +4 rating in 11 games was second best on Waterloo.

"I am sure Blake's competitiveness has him disappointed today," said Islanders Assistant GM/Director of Amateur Scouting Ryan Jankowski. "However, to be part of two consecutive junior championships does not happen to many players. Especially this year, with Blake being a key player, he should be extremely proud of his accomplishments. It is something that will make him a better player in playoffs down the road."






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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 6 2 4 3 6
J. Bailey 6 2 3 2 5
N. Leddy 6 0 5 1 5
R. Strome 6 2 1 1 3
K. Okposo 6 2 1 1 3
C. Clutterbuck 6 2 1 2 3
B. Nelson 5 2 0 1 2
N. Kulemin 6 1 1 0 2
L. Visnovsky 4 0 2 5 2
J. Boychuk 6 0 2 1 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 3 3 1 .926 2.34
M. Neuvirth 0 0 0 1.000 0.00

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