With Ryan Strome now a permanent fixture with the Islanders, the main focus of the prospect pool turns to Anders Lee. Lee has been quietly productive for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and is the team point leader among players currently on the Sound Tigers' roster. So when will Anders Lee get his chance to prove himself in the NHL?
The countdown of the Islanders top 15 prospects not playing in the AHL or NHL continues on as we have reached the top 5. If you missed either of the other two parts of the countdown, well numbers 10-6 can be found here and numbers 15-11 can be found here. Without further ado here is the top 5.
(Photo Credit: GuelphStorm.com)Pedan just finished his second season with the Guelph Storm of the OHL and it was another successful season for the young defenseman from Russia. Andrey played in 63 games this season finishing with 40 points (10 goals and 30 assists). He also played in 6 games during the OHL playoffs where the Storm were eliminated in the first round. (Photo Credit: GuelphStorm.com)
Most of the Islanders’ top prospects have had their season come to a close so it seems like a perfect time to count down the top 15 prospects from this past season. I will start from number 15 and work my way up to the top prospect in the Islanders system. I won’t be counting the Islanders prospect that started and played most of the season in the AHL. Now let’s get this thing rolling!
#15 Jason Clark – Forward, University of Wisconsin (NCAA) 6’-2” 190lbs
Jason had a quiet year for the Badgers playing in just 21 games and only recording one assist. This was Clark’s sophomore season and it seems he is still looking to find his way in college hockey. Clark is pretty good size for a forward and needs to start using it more in order to help his development. Since this past year was only his sophomore season I fully expect Jason to return to Wisconsin for another season next fall and hopefully show more of the skill the Islanders hoped for when they drafted him.
On this edition of the prospect report, I will update you Islanders fans on the seasons of two Islanders defensive prospects. Robbie Russo and Brenden Kichton have both finished their seasons so let’s take a look at how they finished up. To read my original report on these two click here.
Robbie Russo finished his freshman season at the University Of Norte Dame recently when his team was eliminated from the CCHA conference playoffs. Russo finished the season playing in all of Norte Dame’s 40 games and scoring 4 goals to go with 11 assist. He also finished with a +/- of -6 and only 7 penalty minutes.
On this edition of the prospect report, I will look at two lesser known Islanders defensive prospects drafted in the 2011 entry draft. American Robbie Russo and Canadian Brenden Kichton are both still fairly young and undeveloped prospects that under the right instruction could turn into regular NHL players.
Brenden Kichton was drafted in 5th round (127th overall) in 2011 and is currently playing in the WHL for the Spokane Chiefs. The 6’-0” defenseman is mostly known for his offensive abilities rather than his in zone abilities. So far this season he is putting up impressive numbers with 9 goals and 39 assists in 45 games. This is nothing new for Kichton who had a similar season last year where he scored 81 points (23 goals and 58 assist) in 64 games. His play in his own zone isn’t a downfall as he is considered solid; he doesn’t have imposing size but is still reliable in his own end.