New York Islanders Prospects in College

When Shane Sims met Matt Martin.

This topic came up in comments for WebBard's latest Bridgeport/prospect report, and it's a good one we should have around here as a permanent resource: Simply, what year each college-bound Islanders draft pick is in 2010-11.

It's useful context when dreaming about when such players might hit the NHL -- or, alternatively, when wondering if such players still have time to turn into a real prospect.

As indicated, the following table lists the class for these prospects as of the 2010-11 year (plus draft figures and interview links where applicable):

Islanders Prospects Currently in College 

Player Pos Draft Rnd Pick College Class (2010-11) Notes
Jason Clark F 2010 3 82 Wisconsin FR LHH Interview (2010)
Brian Day F 2006 6 171 Colgate SR article with NYI scout
Jason Gregoire LW 2007 3 76 North Dakota JR ND player page
Anders Lee C/LW 2009 6 152 Notre Dame FR LHH Interview (2010)
Brock Nelson F 2010 1 30 North Dakota FR
Corey Trivino C 2008 2 36 Boston U. JR Praise for Trivino (Feb.)
Matt Donovan d 2008 4 96 Denver U. SO WCHA 2nd Team nod
Blake Kessel d 2007 6 166 UNH JR
Aaron Ness d 2008 2 40 Minnesota JR Update: Leaving?
Shane Sims d 2006 5 126 Ohio State SR
Cody Rosen g 2010 7 185 Clarkson SO

Trivia: Still listed on the Islanders prospect page but long gone from college is Jase Wislosky, a 2006 pick (4th round, 108 overall) who played well at St. Cloud State but transferred to Bemidji State after reportedly being academically ineligible. He finished up at Bemidji and already turned pro. He's moved around the ECHL some, ending up with the Florida Everblades this month -- where he didn't play a game before getting traded again, to the Ontario (Calif.) Reign, for whom he starred in a victorious 35-save debut this weekend. None of this matters, but since he was there I thought I'd do a "where are they now?" check on him.

College Prospects This Month

Much of this was covered in WebBard's update yesterday, but here's where those kids are right now as the NCAA season winds down.

Still playing:

  • Last night, Lee's Notre Dame avoided an upset against Lake Superior State by winning yesterday.
  • Also from yesterday, Trivino's BU was upset in the best-of-three series by Northeastern, so his season is done.
  • And the final game relevant (to us) from yesterday: Day's Colgate is moving on to the ECAC semis after beating Union in three games.
  • Gregoire and Nelson's North Dakota smoked Michigan Tech and move on.
  • Kessel's UNH advanced to the Hockey East semis, which are this Friday.

Done for now:

  • Sims, Ohio State's top scoring defenseman (3-16-19) this season, saw his college career end when the Buckeyes were taken out by Lake Superior State last week.
  • Clark's U. of Wisconsin was eliminated by Colorado College. Clark didn't see a whole lot of ice this year as a freshman (including the playoffs, where he didn't dress), but of course that's not uncommon treatment for first-years.
  • Ness' Minnesota team was swept by Alaska-Anchorage. Some reaction from SBN's Daily Gopher here. UPDATE: A bit of Twitter buzz that Ness may be leaving, from this Gopher follower here, and this College Hockey News writer here.
  • Not that he played in the playoffs, but Rosen and his Clarkson team were eliminated, and some of their guys are hitting the pro ranks.

Obviously the two to keep an eye on in terms of an imminent decision are the two seniors, Day and Sims. But you never know who else might receive an offer at least worth thinking about.

If there's anyone else not mentioned here, or if you have other links and insight to share, leave 'em in comments. I'll keep the table above in mind and update it for next year after this June's draft, when the next Lee or Rosen may be found.

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