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Islanders prospects daily: Ruslan Iskhakov on dominant run

New York Islanders prospect Ruslan Iskhakov. Photo property of TPS. Used by permission of Eero Tuominen (TPS Head of Marketing and Communications).
New York Islanders prospect Ruslan Iskhakov. Photo property of TPS. Used by permission of Eero Tuominen (TPS Head of Marketing and Communications).
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New York Islanders prospect Ruslan Iskhakov #22 of the Russian Nationals (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

Here’s your daily recap of yesterday’s games, updates, and rankings for New York Islanders prospects and players within the system.

This is the seventh post of what has been a daily update on New York Islanders prospects and players within the system.

You’ll find an update on stats from prospects in action yesterday, a round-up of who’s playing today, and I’ll tell you how some of those prospects in action yesterday are doing in my prospects rankings.

Prospect Update from Yesterday

  • Ruslan Iskhakov (TPS)
    • Stats: 1G, 2A, 2SOG, 71.4% FOW, 13:39TOI
  • Matias Rajaniemi (Pelicans)
    • Stats: N/A
  • Henrik Tikannen (KalPa)*
    • N/A
  • Robin Salo (Orebro)
    • 1SOG, 16:27 TOI

Huge game from Ruslan Iskhakov who’s on a six-game point streak for TPS. While not a streak, he’s put up 15 points in his last 15 games and has moved up to 27th in scoring in the Finnish Liiga.

With only a year on his TPS contact (signed in the offseason). It wouldn’t surprise me to see him in the AHL next year. The Islanders desperately need depth down the middle in their organization.

I thought Matias’s game time the other day was low, and yesterday he didn’t play for Lahti. I suspect he picked up an injury that I wasn’t aware of. I reached out to the team to see if my suspicion is correct and if there’s a timeline for his recovery.

Friday I spoke with Tikkanen’s GM Anssi Laine, and he had nothing but good things to say about his netminder. I’ll have the chat go up a little later on the site, but essentially, Laine believes that the NHL is very much a possibility for the Isles seventh-rounder.

Salo only played 16:27 yesterday, which sounds low, but Orebro ran away with the game 7-1. Head coach Niklas Eriksson was clearly rotating his team with short shifts knowing he had a game the next day. There wasn’t a single defenseman that finished with more than 18:08 of ice time.

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