Prospect Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 8/22/2008 07:23:00 PM | | |
Sarnia Observer: Dave Borody explains the rules in the Ontario Hockey League only allow clubs to carry three overage prospects with coach Dave McQueen's comments as Sarnia opens training camp with Islander draft pick Justin DiBenedetto one of those overage players who will report to the Islanders training camp as Sarnia current has four overage players but a situation the coach says will work itself out within a month.

Mark Katic and Matt Martin were also listed among the fifty three players who will be at camp.

Windsor Star: Jim Parker reports many of the prospects will report this weekend for camp and will leave the club by the third exhibition game to join their NHL teams for prospects camp. Spitfires head coach Bob Boughner comments on Islanders draft pick Josh Bailey and what it means to have him on the club.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Camps are starting up for these junior clubs this weekend or have began already.

Exhibition games start in about a week and then after some prospects play a few games they report to their NHL clubs for camp.

Outside of the Windsor Star which has a section for it's hockey team and put Friday's article in it's News section all the Islander junior prospects in the OHL and WHL has newspaper coverage available here that was easy to find today in the updated prospect section.

The QMJHL league has newspapers listed but many of those papers are French Canadian, I will keep trying to tweak this to get us the best newspaper links possible.

Islanders in terms of prospects right now the breakdown is as follows:
Canadian Junior Leagues-Eleven
Europe-Ten with many far off the radar unlikely to ever sign drafted several years ago with Tunik, Volkov, Stonkus and Axelsson under Milbury's tenure.

Figren is signed and playing in Europe. Petrov, Ullstrom, Johansson and Ridderwall round off the group, Niemi came here from Europe but will play in Canada.

Past prospects likely heading for Bridgeport like Joensuu, were not included in that mix but Marcinko was because there is a slight chance he could be back with Barrie.

All of the European prospects have had links updated to include their team websites/current profiles and statistics with the exception of Alexei Stonkus who's league from last year has apparently become a development league for the new KHL.

From what I can gather the KHL has not provided team links or websites to where Stonkus can be found nor is there a transfer from his last club reported.

Always kept tabs on Stonkus after his serious neck injury, any time I see he is still playing anywhere, it's more than enough for me.