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Islanders prospects daily: Matias Rajaniemi’s ghost goal

Matias Rajaniemi #12 (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images)
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New York Islanders Ben Mirageas #7 of the Providence College Friars (Photo by Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images) /

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

Welcome to your daily recap for New York Islanders prospects! 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

  • Matias Rajaniemi (Pelicans)
    • Stats: 1G, 1SOG, 17:26TOI
    • Season stats: 3G, 6A, 9Pts, 15:35TOI
  • Ruslan Iskhakov (TPS)
    • Stats: 33% FOW, 16:09 TOI
    • Season stats: 8G, 25A, 33PTs
  • Alex Ljungkrantz (Stromsbro)
    • Stats: 1G, 1A, 2SOG
    • Season stats: 8G, 4A, 12Pts
  • Ben Mirageas (Providence)
    • Stats: 1A, 4SOG
    • Season stats: 1G, 11A, 12Pts

Rajaniemi pulled out this nice move yesterday for his third goal of the season. It’s hard to imagine failing to track where a big defender like him, but like I say in the tweet…here’s proof that it’s certainly possible for a big defender to ghost another defender.

RIP to Ruslan Iskhakov’s point streak. It ends at seven games as TPS gets the doors blown off in a 7-2 loss to Karpat. Iskha was particularly poor in the faceoff circle with a 33% efficiency. His team was bound to drop one, they were on a seven-game winning streak. It was the first time in the month of March that Iskhakov did not register a point.

Ljungkrantz had himself a solid day, picking up a secondary assist on Strombro’s opening goal as well as the game-winner. He’s up to 12 points in 14 games now in Div 1 hockey. Brynas must be pleased with how things are going for the young man. Next year will certainly his first full season of SHL hockey.

Providence end their run for a Hockey East title in the semi-final round after losing to UMass 5-2. Mirageas picked up his 12th point of the year. His 12 in 25 games essentially put him where he was (in terms of production rate) that he set in his freshman year (19 points in 40 games). Now in his senior year, I expect him to go pro for the Isles ASAP.