Islander News Articles 4/6

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/05/2009 09:37:00 PM | | |
Newsday: Greg Logan's article has head coach Scott Gordon's comments praising Jesse Joensuu for not only his points on Saturday but for his overall physical play as the 6-4, 207lb forward comments.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
I don't know if Joensuu makes the 2009-10 team out of camp, how he performs will determine that but this roster needs his size, physical play and a spot to develop his scoring potential at this level.

On paper if you go all prospects-young players (never the best idea) there is Bill Guerin's spot and little else given all the left wings signed (Tambellini-Comeau-Bergenheim) and Hunter-Okposo-Jackman on the right with Nielsen-Bailey-Park down the middle.

Our Sports Reports Islander Prospect Matt Donovan who plays for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders has been named to the USHL League First Team. Donovan, 18, led all USHL defensemen in goals (19) and points (51) this season and also set single season records for Rough Rider blue liners in both categories.

Donovan finished fourth among defensemen in assists (32) and matched the team record for defensemen in that category. In addition, he finished tied for ninth among all players in power play goals (10).

Selection to the all-league team is just the latest in a string of honors for Donovan, who will play college hockey at Denver.

Washington Is encouraging fans to participate in one of hockey’s most visible traditions -- the playoff beard which they credit the roots of this back to the 1980 New York Islanders for their charities.

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