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Islanders Prospect Roundup: Freshmen and Graduates

Now kids, before most of you were crawling there was this team called the Hartford Whalers, and being drafted 36th overall meant you were almost a 3rd rounder, not almost a 1st rounder.
Now kids, before most of you were crawling there was this team called the Hartford Whalers, and being drafted 36th overall meant you were almost a 3rd rounder, not almost a 1st rounder.

For those of you who are new, every Sunday I roundup the week that was for Bridgeport and the Non-AHL Islander prospects. In the long tradition of Lighthouse Hockey and my own, this idea was "borrowed" from Amazin' Avenue the SBN Mets blog. Although quite a few leagues have started play, as of this writing the SoundTigers have one game played. So next week will be the full roundup for everything that has gone on. For now we are going to take the time to run through the incoming prospects, their team and league, while saying good bye to those that have moved on.

Incoming Draftees

Round 1 5th Overall: Center Ryan Strome will be playing for the Niagara IceDogs of the OHL (unless the Islanders decide to keep him with the team)
Round 2 34th Overall: Defenseman Scott Mayfield will be playing for Denver University in the NCAA.
Round 2 50th Overall: Center Johan Sundstrom will be playing with Vastra Frolunda of the SEL.
Round 3 63rd Overall: Defenseman Andrey Pedan will be playing for the Guelph Storm of the OHL.
Round 4 95th Overall: Defenseman Robbie Russo will be playing for Notre Dame in the NCAA.
Round 5 125th Overall: Left Wing Johan Persson will be playing with the Red Deer Rebels of the WHL.
Round 5 127th Overall: Defenseman Brenden Kichton will be playing for the Spokane Chiefs of the WHL.
Round 7 185th Overall: Left Wing Mitchell Theoret will be playing for the Niagra IceDogs of the OHL.

Graduating Prospects

Former Oshawa Generals Calvin De Haan and Tony Dehart have both moved on. De Haan is now with Bridgeport. Dehart had tryouts for both the Montreal Canadians and their AHL affiliate Hamiliton Bulldogs. He was the last player cut from each team on a tryout deal. He might have signed with their ECHL affiliate Wheeling Nailers, but their rosters haven't been updated.

After another great season as captain of the Mississauga Majors, Casey Cizikas is assigned to Bridgeport.

Nino Niederreiter appears to have played his last season with the Winterhawks and has made the Islanders roster.


David Toews was dealt to Chicago for future considerations to join his brother's organization. He is currently on the Rockford IceHogs.

Jason Gregoire left North Dakota early, signing with his hometown team the reincarnated Winnipeg Jets.

After leaving Denver early last year Matt Donovan and having a tryout stint in Bridgeport, he signed a two way NHL deal this summer. He's starting this year on the BP blueline.

Aaron Ness finally took the plunge, leaving Minnesota early after plenty of rumors. Signed to a new NHL deal he is one of may new faces on the Bridgeport defense.

After his one game NHL contract last year, Shane Sims signed a deal with the ECHL Gwinnett Gladiators and is no longer in the Islanders organization.

Blake Kessel left UNH early and somehow landed a 2 way NHL deal with the Flyers. I say somehow because before they signed him they were at 48 contracts.

Former Colgate standout Brian Day got a tryout contract with the AHL Wilkes/Barre Penguins and had a strong enough showing to earn a spot on their roster.

Anders Nilsson signed with the Islanders and will be spending time with Bridgeport this year.

Returning Prospects

The Natural Born Kirills are back. Kirill Kabanov is no longer with the defunct Lewistown MAINEiacs and was picked up by the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, but still in the QMJHL. Kirill Petrov is back with his original KHL team, the Kazan Ak-Bars after a successful season last year with Yugra.

Brock Nelson returned to North Dakota, and is already continuing his hot streak that finished last season.

Notre Dame now has 2 Islander prospects, with Anders Lee returning and hoping to make up for a weak finish to last season.

Corey Trivino has return to Boston University for his senior year.

Jason Clark is back for Wisconsin, hoping for the best after his recovery from Islanders hip.

Clarkson's budding superstar Cody Rosen is back for his Junior year. Unfortunately last years starter Paul Karpowich is back for his Senior year and is most likely the starting goaltender again.

Jesse Joensuu still has his rights owned by the Islanders while playing in the SEL. I might give the occasional update on him, but not as in depth considering his age.

if I missed anything or anyone, let me know.