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.