Despite being drafted by both the KHL and WHL, the Latvian-born Zemgus Girgensons decided that playing NCAA hockey was the best route to the NHL. Committed to the University of Vermont next season, Girgensons has spent two seasons playing junior hockey in the United States Hockey League. The only European on his team, Girgensons helped lead the Dubuque Fighting Saints to a USHL Championship in the squad’s first year of existence in 2010-11, and followed up that performance by leading the team in points in 2011-12. The 6’1”, 201-pound center has been noticed by the scouts for his two-way ability and is expected to build up his frame and utilize his size one day in the NHL.
Hampus Lindholm split time this past season between Rögle BK’s senior team, which played in Sweden’s second division, and its junior team. While young players don’t typically see much playing time in the top European professional leagues, Lindholm managed to put up four points in 20 games, helping his team earn a promotion back into the Swedish Elite League. With Rogle, Lindholm has been under the tutorship of former Islander and former Rögle BK star Kenny Jonsson. He also was a key part of the Swedish team that won a silver medal at the World U18 Championships in the Czech Republic. Lindholm tallied four assists in the tournament and was named the most valuable player in two of his six games.
Scott Mayfield, Islanders prospect Zemgus Girgensons is extremely skilled. He kind of came out of nowhere and was one of Dubuque’s power guys the year they won the championship. He was a young guy. I know he was extremely skilled, fast and worked well in the corners. Trent Klatt, Islanders Player Development Girgensons is in North America for one reason and that’s to play in the NHL. He has many things to like and versatility is a big one.
Trent Klatt, Islanders Player Development Hampus Lindholm is a good tempo player and he looks to have a high level of hockey sense. He is a left-handed two-way player.