This past week for Islanders prospects was an interesting one. Let's have a look at how they played.
ACROSS THE LONG ISLAND SOUND: THE BRIDGEPORT SOUND TIGERS
The AHL All-Star game took place last night with the Western Conference edging out the Eastern Conference in regulation by a score of 7-6. Nino Niederreiter and Matt Donovan represented the Sound Tigers and both were voted to be starters by a fan vote. Nino contributed with an assist.
The last Sound Tigers game took place before the All-Star break on Saturday the 26th. Bridgeport was shut out 5-0 by the Norfolk Admirals and it was the first time the Sound Tigers have been shut out since March 21st, 2012 against Binghamton. Anders Nilsson made 30 saves on 35 shots. Also of note, this was Kirill Kabanov's second game back since missing 36 games with a wrist injury. With this loss, Bridgeport fell to 4th in the division with a record of 19-19-2-2 (W-L-OTL-SL).
Prospects of note:
Niederreiter continues to lead the team with 19 goals and 17 assists for 34 points in 41 GP. Johan Sundstrom is second on the team with 11 goals and 14 assists for 25 points in 39 GP. Sundstrom also has a team-leading +10 rating. Brock Nelson has accumulated 11 goals with 13 assists for 24 points in 32 GP and John Persson is 4th on the team in scoring with 14 goals and 7 assits for 21 points in 42 GP.
Among defensemen, Jon Landry leads with 6 goals and 15 assists for 21 points in 41 GP. Matt Donovan has just one less assist in his 41 GP but has a +4 rating. Aaron Ness has scored just one goal with 16 assists for 17 points in 42 GP.
After his loss Saturday, Anders Nilsson dropped to 7-10 with a 3.14 GAA and 0.896 SV%. Poulin is 12-10-2 with a 3.11 GAA and .905 SV%. Both have underwhelming numbers when compared to last season.
Captain Griffin Reinhart had a spectacular week with the Edmonton Oil Kings of the WHL leading them to a perfect 4 wins last week. Reinhart scored four points (two goals, two assists) and also recorded his first fight of the season which can be seen below. The Oil Kings are in 1st place of the WHL’s Eastern Conference with a 15-point lead.
Ryan Strome's Niagara Ice Dogs have lost seven in a row but Strome has continue his torrid pace and now has 24 goals and 43 assists for 67 points in 37 games. Strome has 1 G and 3 assists in 4 games this week. Jesse Graham, the Islanders 6th round pick last summer, had 2 A in 4 GP this week and now has 2 goals with 18 assists for 20 P in 49 GP.
Brendan Kitchton's Spokane Chiefs went 2-2 this week and Kitchon added 1 G and 1 A and was +5. This brings Kitchton's totals up to 16 G and 43 A for 59 P in 50 GP.
Adam Pelech's Erie Otters lost 4 straight this week. Pelech was indefinitely suspended for his knee-on-knee hit against Saginaw winger Zach Bratina Wednesday, playing in only 2 games this week as he awaits word from league officials. Pelech currently has recorded 6 goals and 28 assists for 34 points in 47 GP.
Andery Pedan's Guelph Storm was 3-0 on the week. In 41 GP, Pedan has 11 goals and 19 assists for 30 points with 113 PIM.
Anders Lee had a goal in Notre Dame's 3-1 loss to Ferris State this past weekend. Notre Dame rebounded and won 5-2 the next day. Lee currently has 14 goals and 9 assists for 23 points in 26 GP. Robbie Russon, also on Notre Dame, has 5 goals and 12 assists for 17 points in 26 GP.
Scott Mayfield and the Denver Hockey team hasn't played since two straight losses at St. Cloud State on January 18th and 19th, respectively. Mayfield still has 2 goals and 10 assists for 12 points and 68 PIM in 25 GP.
Ville Pokka the Islanders 2nd round pick last summer places for Karpat in Finland's SM-Liiga. Unfortunately their website is hard to navigate but Pokka currently has 4 goals and 5 assists for 9 points in 33 GP. Pokka has received accolades from scouts for his solid play this season however, especially in the WJC with Finland.
Mikko Koskinen, playing for KalPa of the SM-Liiga, registered a 30-save shutout this past week. Koskinen is 17-13-12 with a 2.08 GAA and .917 SV% along with five shutouts, second most in the league.
Kirill Petrov tallied two assists in a 5-1 win for Ak-Bars Kazan over Mettalurg in the KHL. Ak-Bars find themselves in second place in the KHL’s Eastern Conference with a six-point advantage on third place Mettalurg. Petrov has 11 goals and 8 assists for 19 points in 41 GP.