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Islanders prospects daily: Anatoly Golyshev pointless streak

Russia's Anatoly Golyshev vies for the puck with Sweden's Malte Stromwall during the Beijer Hockey Games match between Sweden and Russia at the Ericson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, on February 08, 2020. (Photo by Erik SIMANDER / TT NEWS AGENCY / AFP) / Sweden OUT (Photo by ERIK SIMANDER/TT NEWS AGENCY/AFP via Getty Images)
Russia's Anatoly Golyshev vies for the puck with Sweden's Malte Stromwall during the Beijer Hockey Games match between Sweden and Russia at the Ericson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, on February 08, 2020. (Photo by Erik SIMANDER / TT NEWS AGENCY / AFP) / Sweden OUT (Photo by ERIK SIMANDER/TT NEWS AGENCY/AFP via Getty Images)
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New York Islanders prospect Ruslan Iskhakov. Photo property of TPS. Used by permission of Eero Tuominen (TPS Head of Marketing and Communications).

Prospects (and players in the system) in Action Today

  • Ruslan Iskhakov (TPS)
  • Henrik Tikkanen (KalPa)*
  • Josh Ho-Sang (Linkoping)**
  • Robin Salo (Orebro)

*Tikkanen is the backup today so he won’t likely play, but could if things go poorly.
**I don’t count Josh Ho-Sang as a prospect but because he’s still under contract with the Isles I’ll continue to follow him.

Ruslan Iskhakov: Iskhakov’s start to life in Finland was a little slow but it’s pickup significantly since the turn of the year the Isles 2018 second-round pick has 19 points in 22 games. To illustrate that more, he has six points in January (0.857 PP/G), ten in February (0.833 PP/G), and three in March (1.00 PP/G).

When I last spoke with his head-coach (and former Islanders) Raimo Helminen, he told me that Iskhakov is a different player from the start of the year and totally trusts him in the d-zone now.

Henrik Tikkanen: Since moving up a league from Finland’s B-league (Mestis) to the A-League (Liiga), Tikkanen has been excellent posting a 2-2-1 record and averaging a 1.91GAA and 0.929SV%. Outstanding stuff from the 2020 seventh-rounder.

It’s only a loan but he’s making the best of his opportunity and is proving he can play at the top level in Finland.

Josh Ho-Sang: He’s already got two goals on the season for Linkoping. He’s only played four games. His ice-time is a little low for a “top-line” player, but that will come as he gets closer to game shape.

Robin Salo: The most recent Islanders signee, has seen his ice-time start to tick upward as the season progresses towards the SHL playoffs. He’s only hit 20+ minutes twice in the last seven games, both came in his last two.

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