With the Canadian Junior playoffs still ongoing some of the Islanders prospects still have a chance to win the memorial cup while others are starting their summers early. I will take a look at some of the prospects that are still fighting for a championship and others that are practicing on their golf swing.
Ryan Strome and Mitchell Theoret both play for the Niagara Ice Dogs who recently won their second round match up and advanced to the OHL semi-finals where they will play the Ottawa 67s. Strome is continuing his strong post-season where he is third in the OHL in scoring with 17 points (6 goals, 11 assist) in just 10 games. He is a leader for the Ice Dogs offense and someone the team will rely upon as the playoffs continue. Theoret isn’t showing up on the score sheet as much as Strome but still has contributed two assist in seven games.
With most hockey seasons coming to a close it is important to keep up with the Islanders prospects that are still making a push in the playoffs. Ryan Strome and Kirill Kabanov are both still taking part in the OHL and QMJHL playoffs that are currently on going.
Ryan Strome and the Niagara Ice Dogs started their second round playoff series against the Brampton Battalion this past weekend. The Ice Dogs were able to take the first two games in the series winning the first 2-1 in overtime and taking game two 3-1. So far in this series Strome has only been held to 1 goal. He does still have 11 points in 8 games so far this postseason which are pretty solid stats to have. The series continues tonight in Niagara.
This edition of the prospect report I will look to update you on all the news and notes surrounding Islanders prospects. Some prospects decided it is time to go pro while others continue their march through the playoffs with their current teams.
To start, the news came down earlier this week that Islanders prospect Brock Nelson decided to leave college and start his NHL career by signing a 3 year entry level contract. Nelson is considered to be one of the Islanders best prospects and it is exciting seeing him ready to take the next step in his development. Nelson also signed an Amateur Tryout contract with Bridgeport that will allow him to join them this weekend to finish out the season and get a taste of some playoff hockey. Nelson will see his first action tonight as the Sound Tigers take on Syracuse. He will wear number 29.
The rebuild is only four years old, and although I use the word, "only," I understand how long that it has actually been for the loyal fans who continue to come out and support this team, waiting for them to finally return to glory. But the fact of the matter is that these things take time - a lot of time.
The St. Louis Blues are a prime example. They have only made the playoffs once since the lock out and are now finally poised to make a serious run for the Stanley Cup for the first time since Chris Pronger was on the team. President John Davidson has been building them through the draft while signing veteran free agents, much like what the Islanders have done. And the free agents they have signed haven't exactly been guys in their prime, such as Paul Kariya, Jason Arnott and Jamie Langenbrunner. They also had trouble scoring goals for a long time as well. But finally, things are starting to fall into place and they are on the brink of becoming a power house hockey team in the Western Conference.
The Isles, much like the Blues, are still building toward that stature. But one thing is for certain; the Islanders farm team next season is going to play a major role in the rebuild.
A lot of Islanders fans are upset that Garth Snow didn’t do more for the Islanders during the Trade Deadline yesterday and I am here just to give you my opinion on the moves that were and weren’t made. Garth Snow stayed rather quiet throughout the day before moving Rolston and Mottau just at the deadline. I have seen a lot fans on twitter and message boards screaming at Garth because he didn’t do more to help the team at the deadline. I just want to look at a few possible deals that could have been made at the deadline and how they could have affected the Islanders.
One of the Islanders biggest needs is a solid young D-man. The closest one moved at the deadline was Quincey to Detroit for a 1st. Not a bad move for Detroit since their first pick will most likely be at the bottom of the round. Now if the Islanders did that it would have been an AWFUL move because despite our hopes that pick still has a very big chance to be a lottery pick and Quincey isn't worth that!
With this edition of the prospect report I will revisit a pervious article of mine on the two prospects of the Islanders from Russia. This will just give a better update of where their seasons have gone since the last time we spoke about them. The original article can be found here.
Kirill Petrov is continuing his solid season in the KHL with 50 games played, Petrov has amassed 16 goals and 12 assists. This has been a good solid pace for Petrov since the last time we spoke about him and I am pleased that he is still playing well. I still expect Petrov to come to the United States next season and start in Bridgeport. He will most likely need some time there to adjust to the smaller North American ice surface and style of play. If he is able to adjust correctly he will be a nice addition to the Islanders in the future and possibly a good call up next season if the injury bug bites. (Photo Credit: Islanders Hockey Blog/Flickr)
One of the endearing qualities of most Islanders fans I meet is their ability to always look favorably toward the future. Say what you will about the last two decades regarding their favorite franchise, Islanders fans always seem to have an optimistic view of what lies ahead. Whether it’s remaining hopeful that plans for a new arena will somehow develop, or a confidence that the team will someday be champions again, hope never dies on Long Island.
Sure, some of it may lie in the fact that they’ve seen and been through the worst and survived, but mostly it’s a strong loyalty to a team that hasn’t rewarded them nearly as much as they’ve invested, both financially and emotionally.
The New York Islanders announced today that former New Jersey Devils forward Jay Pandolfo, who had been playing with the Islanders during the pre-season on a tryout, and Ryan Strome, the team's 5th overall pick in 2011, were both signed to contracts with the team before today's 5 PM deadline.
Pandolfo's contract is for one year, likely serving as a member of the team's fourth line unit and a veteran penalty killer. Whether or not he will be in the line up on opening night is unknown as Reasoner will be at center with Matt Martin, Brian Rolston and Trevor Gillies competing with Pandolfo for the names to be on the roster.
The New York Islanders hosted their second prospect scrimmage at the Nassau Coliseum, a game featuring their top young talent in game action in the middle of the summer. Two 25-minute periods were played between the Blue and White teams that were followed by a series of drills in the skills competition. Such drills included the breakaway challenge, hardest shot, rapid fire and a game in which players had to come in on the goalie to attempt to score, and if they failed, they had to retrieve the puck and race back to the blue line. Both sides went simultaneously for that one, and it was the last event of the scrimmage to cap a highlight reel type of night.
I decided to wait until the latter portion of the evening before I posted anything about today's action for the New York Islanders with free agency having officially kicked off at 12 PM today. Granted, the Isles typically are not the most active team on July 1st, usually making their moves in the days that follow.
For example, Snow was able to swoop up Mark Streit with a five-year deal that arguably has been his best signing in his relatively short tenure as General Manager. Dwayne Roloson was another diamond in the rough signing that many were not expecting, making him a fan-favorite and possibly the most consistent player to wear an Islanders uniform in the past two seasons be...