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Bits: Islanders Agree to Terms with John Persson; Kirill Kabanov a Champion

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<em>Not pictured: Dale Hunter, who was unable to crosscheck the winners from behind.</em>
Not pictured: Dale Hunter, who was unable to crosscheck the winners from behind.

It wasn't officially announced last night [Update: It is now], but word filtered out that the New York Islanders had secured winger John Persson to an entry level contract. IPB cited the Red Deer Rebels' site while Michael Fornabaio was told terms had been reached, though formal signing is pending.

Persson was the Islanders' second fifth-round pick in 2011 and followed that up with an excellent season for Red Deer, an impressive late-season ATO with Bridgeport and, of course, a spot on our Top 25 Islanders Under 25.

The big news of last night was Kirill Kabanov and the host Shawinigan Cataractes winning the Memorial Cup in a thrilling 2-1 OT win. Kabanov was all over the place in the win, setting up the tying goal on a shot from the half boards and generally creating chances on nearly every shift. In overtime Kabanov -- notoriously a pass-first forward -- even altered his game to the situation by firing shots more often. It was a very impressive final junior game for Kabanov, whose countryman Anton Zlobin was the star with both goals.

Kabanov's clearly ready for the next level. Zlobin, meanwhile, should get a little more notice for the 2012 NHL Draft after he was overlooked in 2011.

In a cool scene, a Russian flag (from Kabanov's parents) with Kabanov's 77 and Zlobin's 79 made it down from a suite to ice level and became a signature of the Russians' on-ice celebration.

Just don't tell Don Cherry.

Isles/Hockey Bits

Finally, content from around LHH if you took a long weekend (which you still might be on):