State of New York Islander Prospects

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/01/2010 04:07:00 AM | Comment Here
Too big for a twitter update and long overdue considering Isles website is not providing weekly updates this season on it's prospects, despite the good news on senior forward, Rhett Rakhshani, from Denver Pioneers, signed to a three-year contract on Wednesday.

NYIFC Comments:

I have followed Rakhshani over the years, he was a Hobey Baker top ten finalist but did not make final three cut Denver Post and expect him to be an impact player at the NHL level but for now he will report to Bridgeport on Thursday and make his debut on Friday against Manchester per Ct Post Michael Fornabaio's twitter while Sound Tigers have him listed for Saturday debut as of Wednesday night here.

Rhett Rakhshani 40 21 29 50 +12

Prospect blog at NYIFC links to stats and player profiles are updated and were correct when doing research for this entry.

It should be noted unless 2008 prospect Kirill Petrov is bought out of his contract with Ak Bars or Garth Snow gets the cooperation he was asking for last December see 12/5 Islanders Authorized Petrov has a binding contract with another team and it's fair to write as much as Petrov may want to come he was well paid with Ak Bars even if he was sent to their minor league team before WJC and has an agent who will look out for his client (as in one-way contract) which will have agents for other signed picks Jesse Joensuu, Robin Figren and several others watching and waiting.

This update includes 2009-10 season stats and current signing status. Any player can leave school for an NHL contract but must be signed upon graduation or club losses his NHL rights. CHL prospects must be signed within two years of time they are drafted and with no European transfer agreement there is no current time limit for anyone to be signed.

To summarize: CHL Prospects Kevin Poulin, Travis Hamonic, Jared Spurgeon and Jyri Niemi must be signed by June 1st, and a decision must be made upon senior college prospect Doug Rogers graduation within thirty days.

If signings happen moving forward this is where folks should look inside the organization first.
Casey Cizikas- Mississauga St. Michael's Majors OHL
Islanders website profile/drafted 4/92/09 OHL
Prospect does not have to be signed until 6/1/2011 per current cba.
68 25 37 62 32
RW Brian Day-Colgate ECAC
2006 draft 6th round
Junior in college does not have to be signed until he graduates.
34 21 15 36 +14
Jason Gregoire Fighting Sioux, North Dakota USHL
Drafted 3/76/07
Sophomore in college does not to be signed until he graduates.
43 20 17 37 +7
Anders Lee-Green Bay Gamblers USHL
Drafted 6/152/09
Transferred to Green Bay, is not a senior.
57 35 29 64 +34
Troy Mattila Dartmouth Sophomore
Drafted 7/190/06
12 1 1 2pts
Doug Rogers-Harvard Crimson ECAC Senior
Islanders website profile/drafted 4/119/06
Senior Season 09-10, must be signed upon graduation.
28 6 6 12 68 .088 -2
David Toews-Fighting Sioux, North Dakota WCHA Sophomore season
Islanders website profile/drafted 3/66/08
32 4 11 15 +10
Corey Trivino-BU Hockey East Sophomore season
Islanders website profile/drafted 2/36/08
28 4 11 15 E
Kim Johansson-Kristianstads IK Pantern Division 1
Islanders website profile/drafted 5/41/06 2006
37 7 20 27
Kirill Petrov-Ak Bars Kazan KHL-Demoted Neftyanik Almetievsk
Islanders website profile/drafted 3/73/08
Neftyanik Almetievsk Russia 2 - - -- -
Ak Bars Kazan KHL 8 0 00 4
Russia U20 WJC-20 6 4 6 10
David Ullstrom-HV 71 EliteLeague
Islanders website profile/drafted 4/102/08
HV71 Elitserien 47 5 11 16
HV71 J20 SuperElit 1 1 01 2
Listed as 2010-11 HV71 Elitserien player meaning he may have been signed. ********************************************************************
Emil Axelsson-Örebro Allsvenskan 09-10
Islanders website profile/drafted 7/210/04
2009-2010 Örebro Allsvenskan 44 0 22 55
Listed as 2010-11 for Orebro which means could be signed already
Calvin deHaan Oshawa Generals OHL
Islanders website profile/drafted 1/12/09
Does not have to be signed until 6/1/2011
34 5 19 24 +5 14pim
Matt Donovan-NCAA Denver Pioneers Freshman
Islanders website profile/drafted 4/96/08
College Freshman Previous Affiliations Cedar Rapids RoughRiders - USHL
35 7 14 21 +9
Donovan also played WJC for USA
Travis Hamonic- TRADED BRANDON WHEAT KINGS 1/10/2010
Islanders website profile/drafted 2/53/08
11 33 44 +12 65pim
Needs to be signed by 6/1/10
Blake Kessel-New Hampshire Hockey East
Islanders website profile/drafted 6/166/07
38 10 28 38 +11
Simon Lacroix-Shawinigan QMJHL (Traded to Foreurs Val-d'Or 6/5/09)
Islanders website profile/drafted 7/196/07
67 11 30 41 69pim -6
Aaron Ness-Minnesota WCHA Sophomore Season
Islanders website profile/drafted 2/40/0839
2 10 12 +1 Sophomore Season
Per Father Jay Ness comments returning to school in 2010-11 for his Junior Season.
Jyri Niemi-Saskatoon WHL (Drafted KHL June 2009)
Islanders website profile/drafted 3/72/200850
8 21 29+9 67 pim
Has to be signed by June 1st 2010 per CBA
Shane Sims-Ohio State CCHA Sophomore Season
Islanders website profile/drafted 5/126/06
34 5 12 17 +3
Jared Spurgeon-Spokane WHL
Islanders website profile/drafted 6/156/08
10 35 45 36 37
Per CBA must be signed by 6/1/2010
Anders Nilsson- Luleå Elitserien
Islanders website profile/drafted 3/62/09
Luleå J20 SuperElit4 2.95 .899 |
Luleå Elitserien27 2.65 .897 |
Sweden U20 WJC-201 3.00 .875 |
Sweden U20 (all) International5 2.27 .919
Listed as playing for Lulea Eiitserien for 2010-11
Kevin Poulin-Victoriaville QMJHL
Islanders website profile/drafted 5/126/08
61 35 16 0 2.63 .916 7 shutouts
Must be signed per CBA by 6/1/2010
Stefan Ridderwall- Djurgården SEL
Islanders website profile/drafted 6/173/06
2009-2010 Djurgården Elitserien 26gp 2.30 .917
Jase Weslosky-Bemidji State Confirmed Transfer
Islanders website profile/drafted 4/108/06
Transferred to this school but apparently did not play hockey with no stats accumulated.

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New York Should Have Made Playoffs

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/12/2010 08:39:00 AM | Comment Here
We can now write the epitaph of the 2009-10 New York Islanders season because from here on it is an extended exhibition schedule even if Jackman, Weight, Sim, Park play and Jeff Tambellini, Matt Martin, Jesse Joensuu with others sit in the stands or compete for a playoff spot in Bridgeport.

Last year's exhibition season lasted about fifty games, this year it will go about fifteen but it never should have come to this.

I know a lot of New York Islander fans are caught up in that rebuilding word that Garth Snow does not like to use here but the bottom line is this team should have made the playoffs or been there to the final days of the regular season after how well they played to put themselves in a playoff spot.

For a short time this team was making a run at sixth place, ahead of Philadelphia, Ottawa and Boston, it was not last year with 582 man games lost to injury or the previous one with 402 that both led the NHL.

If the team fell off the playoff map in December when they were four under with a very tough schedule ahead that would have been understandable however the Islanders did rally, proved they can win against the top clubs and went all the way up to three games over, the upcoming schedule from there had a lot of teams they should have gotten points from.

It did not happen for a lot of reasons that go beyond Tavares, Okposo and Bailey not producing enough but of course that is a part of it. Given what an AHL player in Matt Moulson gave them this should have been a playoff team.

The scoring most nights dried up and this team when they did score (Atlanta/Pittsburgh) allowed too many goals on poor changes/transition where tough questions need to be asked. The special teams struggled all season, the five on five play/third period scoring was not there when they needed it most and frankly a lot of veterans failed to produce any big goals with Bergenheim, Comeau, Nielsen not giving them any production or inconsistent scoring at best by their own play or how coach has used them.

No one can call Sean Bergenheim, Blake Comeau or Jeff Tambellini's season progress and despite Comeau's six goals recently the rest of his season looked a lot like his first year.

This was not a good year for Trent Hunter, Richard Park, Jon Sim, Doug Weight, Tim Jackman or Nate Thompson when he was here. Trevor Gillies is not going to give this club offense when he dresses.

Losing thirteen out of sixteen games or whatever is it now and falling out of any realistic contention frankly is not acceptable because this conference is so painfully mediocre from top to bottom there is no game the New York Islanders could not win on a given night.

I do believe the hard work most games have been there, this team has had few poor efforts where they were blown out of games, they just did not have enough clutch scoring or big stops on defense with the goaltending allowing some goals you cannot give up combined with the special teams doing a poor job.

I have written a lot of entries on club's scoring this year but as much as they have struggled and are in the bottom mix, there are teams firmly in a playoff spot that are within a few goals of the Islanders.

This is not a club 30th in offense that are forty goals or more behind the 29th place team.

I know now the injuries are piling up again big-time between Schremp, Hunter, MacDonald, DiPietro and no doubt a few players have skated with injuries but you look at the Ottawa game before the Olympic break as one of many where a few points were there for this team and they failed to get them.

This is where this season and playoff spot were lost and where the questions moving forward should come from because they should have outright won a spot or been there to the final days.

Next Fifteen:

As for the final fifteen games it's asking a lot for this group to win consistently with inexperience/size defense. Scott Gordon's post game after Boston game said it all on backline issues with Mark Streit over thirty minutes against Blues.

Rick DiPietro:

If his knee problems continue to keep him off the ice going into next season some serious questions have to be asked about his career. Garth Snow sounded like a man who is going to keep Dwayne Roloson for insurance regardless.

Garth Snow:
If you go by General Manager's Garth Snow's interview on Thursday he talked a lot but did not say much which is fine because most general managers do not talk often at all. Actions will define what he really thinks of his players moving forward but he did give an endorsement of his head coach which was the most notable moment.

I have no problem with his suggestion at the general managers meeting to have a play in tournament for the final spot. I do think it devalues the regular season, this has been used in the AHL and someone in other sports decided on wild cards for baseball and football in the past, but it's not going to happen. .

What's Next at NYIFC?
We keep doing twitter updates for the rest of the season with a mix of articles/information and see what Bridgeport does. I don't think a game or recap with articles/comments has been missed this season even in twitter format. I know it's not our old format of several blog entries daily here but more was written here than I expected to do. Is there any difference between ten twitter updates vs two blog entries with links?

Beyond that I don't know what I intend to do with NYIFC but there will be no announcements or entries about it regardless of what's decided.

My thanks as always to everyone for their kind support.

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