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Tuesday, 10.14.2008 / 3:14 PM / News
By Jason Lockhart  - Website/Publications Coordinator
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NYI Prospect Watch

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT

Name: Matt Martin
Position: Left Wing
Team: Sarnia (3-6-0-1)^
League: OHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 fifth-round draft pick (148th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (5), Goals (5), Assists (2), Points (7), PIM (7)



Update: The physical left wing is providing much offense early for Sarnia. Martin's five goals are tied for second on the team and tied for 15th in the league. Martin has tallied at least one point in each of his first five games.
 
What the scouts are saying: "Matt has benefited from what he learned at Islanders Training Camp. He has gone back to Sarnia and played exactly the type of game that got him drafted. He is competing, playing hard and as a result, putting himself into situations where he has a chance to score and create offense. Give a lot of credit to Matt for how he has taken his game to the next level so far this year."
 
—Ryan Jankowski
Assistant GM/Director of Amateur Scouting

 
 
Name: Brian Day
Position: Right Wing
Team: Colgate (1-0-0, ECACHL (0-0-0)
League: ECACHL
Acquired: Islanders 2006 sixth-round draft pick (171st overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (1), Goals (0), Assists (1), Points (1), PIM (23)

Update: After leading all Colgate Freshmen in goals, assists and points in 2007-08, Day enters his Sophomore year with the Raiders. In their opening game of the season this weekend, Colgate topped U-Mass Lowell 2-1. Day earned an assist on Colgate's opening goal. Colgate finished eighth in ECACHL play last season, knocking off No. 1 Clarkson in the ECACHL quarterfinals before falling to No. 2 Cornell in the semis.


Name: Justin DiBenedetto
Position: Left Wing
Team: Sarnia (3-6-0-1)^
League: OHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 sixth-round draft pick (175th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (5), Goals (6), Assists (6), Points (12), PIM (4)

Update: DiBenedetto is off to a blazing start, leading Sarnia in goals, assists, points and power play goals. He is tied for fifth in the league in goals. On Sunday, DiBenedetto had the game of his life, tallying five goals, while adding two assists in a 7-2 victory over Sault Ste. Marie.


Name: Matt Donovan
Position: Defenseman
Team: Cedar Rapids (2-1-0)
League: USHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 fourth-round draft pick (96th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (3), Goals (0), Assists (3), Points (3), PIM (2)


Update: In his second season with Cedar Rapids, Donovan is ranked first among his team's defense in points. The Oklahoma-native's two power play assists are first on the team.


Name: Robin Figren
Position: Left Wing
Team: Djurgardens (4-4-3)
League: Swedish Elite League
Acquired: Islanders 2006 third-round draft pick (70th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (5), Goals (2), Assists (2), Points (4), PIM (4)

Update: Figren returns to Sweden after playing the past two seasons in the WHL. He is participating in the ultra-competitive Swedish Elite League. After missing the beginning of the season due to recovering from injury, Figren is starting to find his game, earning a goal and an assist over the past two games.


Name: Max Gratchev
Position: Left Wing
Team: Lewiston (5-6-0-0)^
League: QMJHL
Acquired: Islanders 2007 fourth-round draft pick (106th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (8), Goals (2), Assists (5), Points (7), PIM (14)

Update: Gratchev moved from Rimouski to Lewiston in the off-season after an injury-laden 2007-08 season. Gratchev earned First Star of the Game honors on Oct. 10 with a goal and an assist in a 4-3 shootout win over Drummondville.


Name: Jason Gregoire
Position: Left Wing
Team: North Dakota (0-2-0, WCHA 0-0-0)
League: WCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2007 third-round draft pick (76th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (2), Goals (0), Assists (0), Points (0), PIM (0)

Update: Gregoire was named the USHL's Player of the Year in 2007-08. He takes his skills to the NCAA level with powerhouse North Dakota. The Fighting Sioux have started off the season with back-to-back losses in the Icebreaker to Boston University and U-Mass.


Name: Travis Hamonic
Position: Defenseman
Team: Moose Jaw (4-4-0-1)^
League: WHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 second-round draft pick (53rd overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (6), Goals (2), Assists (6), Points (8), PIM (6)

Update: Hamonic is off to a fine start in 2008-09. He is tied for sixth in the league among defensemen in points. He picked up an assist on Friday in Moose Jaw's 4-3 shootout loss to Kootenay.


Name: Mark Katic
Position: Defenseman
Team: Sarnia (3-6-0-1)^
League: OHL
Acquired: Islanders 2007 third-round draft pick (62nd overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (5), Goals (0), Assists (2), Points (23), PIM (22)

Update: Katic picked up two assists in Sarnia's 7-2 win over Sault Ste. Marie on Sunday. Sarnia is off to a slow start having won only three times in its first 10 games.
 

Name: Blake Kessel
Position: Defenseman
Team: New Hampshire (1-0-0, Hockey East 0-0-0)
League: Hockey East
Acquired: Islanders 2007 sixth-round draft pick (166th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (1) Goals (0), Assists (0), Points (1), PIM (0)

Update: Kessel was named the USHL's Top Defenseman in 2007-08 and is testing his mettle in the NCAA this season. He contributed an assist in New Hampshire's first game of the season––a 5-1 win over Wisconsin.


Name: Simon Lacroix
Position: Defenseman
Team: Shawinigan (8-4-0-0)^
League: QMJHL
Acquired: Islanders 2007 seventh round draft pick (196th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (6), Goals (2), Assists (4), Points (6), PIM (12)

Update: Lacroix earned an assist and was a +3 in Shawinigan's 9-4 victory over Val-d'Or.


Name: Jyri Niemi
Position: Defenseman
Team: Saskatoon (7-4-0-0)^
League: WHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 third-round draft pick (72nd overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (3), Goals (0), Assists (1), Points (1), PIM (4)

Update: Saskatoon is off to a good start, ranking second in their division. In last year's CHL Skills Competition, Niemi recorded a slapshot over 97 MPH.
 
 
Name: Kevin Poulin
Position: Goaltender
Team: Victoriaville (7-7-0-0)^
League: QMJHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 fifth-round draft pick (126th overall)
Stats to date: Record (4-4-0), GAA (2.97), SV% (.895)

Update: Poulin earned Second Star of the Game honors on Saturday after making 25 saves in a 2-1 win over Acadie-Bathurst.


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

Update: In his Sophomore season, Rakhshani was third on the team in points in 2007-08. He started off 2008-09 with an assist in Denver's 5-2 win on Saturday over NCAA Runner-Up Notre Dame.
 

Name: Stefan Ridderwall
Position: Goaltender
Team: Djurgardens (4-4-3)
League: Swedish Elite League
Acquired: Islanders 2006 sixth round draft pick (173rd overall)
Stats to date: GAA (2.63), SV% (.900)

Update: Ridderwall has taken over the starting netminding duties for Djurgardens in the Swedish Elite League. He earned a 4-2 win over Södertälje on Monday, making 25 saves.


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


Update: Sims and Ohio State will try to rebound from a disappointing season that saw them finish 12-25-4. They began the 2008-09 season going 0-1-1 over the weekend against the elite Miami of Ohio. Sims recorded an assist on the weekend.


Name: Jared Spurgeon
Position: Defenseman
Team: Spokane (6-1-0-2)^
League: WHL
Acquired: Islanders 2008 sixth-round draft pick (156th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (7), Goals (0), Assists (4), Points (4), PIM (6)


Update: Spokane opens the season with a lead in their division. Spurgeon is tied for fifth on the team with a +7 rating.
 
 
Name: Corey Trivino
Position: Center
Team: Boston University (2-0-0, Hockey East 0-0-0)
League: Hockey East
Acquired: Islanders 2008 second-round draft pick (36th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (2), Goals (0), Assists (0), Points (0), PIM (0)


Update: Boston University began the season on a strong note, knocking off North Dakota and Michigan State en route to winning the Icebreaker in Boston. Trivino was held point-less in the tournament.
 
 
Name: David Ullstrom
Position: Center/Left Wing
Team: Boras (1-8-0)
League: Allsvenskan (SWE)
Acquired: Islanders 2008 fourth-round draft pick (102nd overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (9), Goals (7), Assists (2), Points (9), PIM (18)


Update: Ullstrom is playing his first full year of pro hockey in Sweden's second tier league. He leads Boras in goals and points. Ullstrom scored a power play goal in Boras' 4-1 loss to Sundsvall on Sunday.


Name: Jase Weslosky
Position: Goaltender
Team: St. Cloud State (2-0-0, 0-0-0 WCHA)   
League: WCHA
Acquired: Islanders 2006 fourth round draft pick (108th overall)
Stats to date: Record (1-0-0), GAA (2.01), SV% (.926)

Update: Early reports have Weslosky as an early Hobey Baker candidate as the Division I player of the year. He started off well, making 25 saves in a 7-2 victory over Mercyhurst on Friday.
 

^ 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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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 7 6 1 0 22 21 12
2 TBL 7 4 2 1 21 14 9
3 OTT 5 4 1 0 14 10 8
4 DET 6 3 1 2 12 10 8
5 NYI 6 4 2 0 22 20 8
6 WSH 6 3 1 2 20 14 8
7 NYR 7 4 3 0 21 23 8
8 BOS 8 4 4 0 20 20 8
9 NJD 6 3 2 1 20 20 7
10 TOR 7 3 3 1 20 21 7
11 PIT 5 3 2 0 19 15 6
12 CBJ 5 3 2 0 15 12 6
13 FLA 6 2 2 2 9 14 6
14 PHI 7 2 3 2 22 28 6
15 CAR 5 0 3 2 11 18 2
16 BUF 7 1 6 0 9 26 2

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 6 3 7 -2 10
B. Nelson 6 4 4 2 8
K. Okposo 6 2 6 -3 8
J. Boychuk 6 2 4 4 6
R. Strome 6 0 6 3 6
N. Leddy 6 3 1 3 4
F. Nielsen 6 0 4 2 4
M. Grabovski 4 2 1 3 3
J. Bailey 6 2 1 2 3
N. Kulemin 6 0 2 0 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Johnson 1 0 0 .897 2.25
J. Halak 3 2 0 .893 3.38

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