How much can a change of scenery help? Just ask these two, Petrov and Little Toews.
Welcome to a new weekly piece to keep everyone up to date with what is going on amongst the Islanders' top AHL affiliate and other assorted prospects.
It was not a good week for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. After opening their season with a 5 - 4 (SO) win over Worcester, the offense has become anemic with three goals in three games before their 4-1 outburst over Portland Sunday. Before that outburst Robin Figren was the lone bright spot scoring two goals and standing at a +3. Matt Martin has a goal and two assists for three points and a +1. Both Travis Hamonic (-1) and Rhett Rakhshani (-3) got their first professional goals, while Rakhshani added a second Sunday.
Before the Portland game, David Ullstrom (-1), Anton Klementyev (0) and Tomas Marcinko (+2) had no goals and one assist, while the following had no points yet: Dustin Kohn (0), Jesse Joensuu (-4), Justin DiBenedetto (-2) and Mark Katic (-2). But DiBenedetto scored once (and was initially credited with a second before they changed it to Ullstrom), and both Joensuu and Ullstrom recorded a goal and an assist each, while Katic notched two assists.
Mikko Koskinen has gotten three of the five starts on the season going 1-2. He currently has a GAA of 2.62 and a SV% of .910. Kevin Poulin has started two games and let in 4 goals on 60 shots for a .933 so far.
Note: Stats through the rest of this post were compiled Sunday, before Dominik foolishly bumped this post in a fit of authoritarianism that would shock his Eastern European peasant ancestors.
Natural Born Kirills
As was reported, Kirill Petrov was traded from long time team the Kazan Ak-Bars to Khanty-Mansiysk Yugra. The move could not have worked any better for Petrov. In 16 games over 3 years with Kazan he managed a single goal. Right now he has 3 goals and 5 assists in 7 games for Khanty. He's third on the team in points in half as many games as the rest of the team.
The other Kirill, Kirill Kabanov returned to Russia for family reasons. He had played two games for his junior team, the Montcon Wildcats. In those games he had no points, -2 and 6 PIM.
CHL and NCAA
Calvin De Haan has 4 assists in 4 games and a +5 with the Oshawa Generals of the OHL. His teammate and fellow Islanders draftee Tony DeHart has 5 Assists and a +7 in 8 games. Oshawa is currently 5-2-0-1 and in first place in the East Division.
Anders Lee continues to rack up the hardware as he was named CCHA Rookie of the Week (s/t to Anacurt). He started things off right with a hat trick and is currently leading Notre Dame in points with four goals and two assists in four games.
Matt Donovan has 2 goals in 4 games for the University of Denver this season. In those 4 games he has also racked up 10 PIM already, picking up where he left off last year with the second highest PIM total on the team.
At the University of North Dakota, Junior Jason Gregoire is joined by Islanders first rounder Brock Nelson this year. Gregoire is right on track for another point per game season with 3 goals and 2 assists in 4 games. Nelson so far in 4 games has 1 assist.
David Toews, who left UND after last season, is fairing much better in the WHL for the Brandon Wheat Kings. In 32 games last season for UND he had only 15 points. In 6 games this year in the WHL he has 3 goals and 3 assists, good enough for third on the team in points with 2-3 fewer games then his teammates.
Jason Clark has only gotten into one game so far for the University of Wisconsin. He had no points and 2 PIM.
Aaron Ness has 2 assists in 4 games for the University of Minnesota this season.
Corey Trivino returned from suspension (I believe) and in his first game back for Boston U notched an assist.
Casey Cizikas continues his strong play in the OHL for Mississauga. In six games he's already put up 5 goals and 3 assists putting him on pace to once again improve on his previous years totals.
Anders Nilsson is playing for Lulea of Elitserien. In 5 games he has a 2.16 GAA and an .885 SV%. Nilsson has helped backstop Lulea to first, and his GAA is sixth lowest in the league.
Cody Rosen is still 3rd on the depth chart for Clarkson University and has yet to see the ice after four games.
If you guys feel I missed anyone, feel free to leave a comment and I'll add them to the list.