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Islanders prospects daily: NCAA tournament selection

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 11: A view of center ice before the game between the Quinnipiac Bobcats and the St. Cloud State Huskies at Consol Energy Center on April 11, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 11: A view of center ice before the game between the Quinnipiac Bobcats and the St. Cloud State Huskies at Consol Energy Center on April 11, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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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.

There are no prospects in action today and with only one in action yesterday there is no movement with the rankings so today’s update will focus on the one prospect in action yesterday and the upcoming Div 1 NCAA tournament.

Prospect Update from Yesterday

  • Reece Newkirk (Winterhawks)
    • Stats: 1G, 1A, 5SOG
    • Season stats: 3G, 2A, 65.4% FOW

It’s only three games into the WHL season for the Portland Winterhawks but Reece Newkirk is already leading the team in scoring by a slight margin (2 points).

Going into yesterday’s contest the Islanders fifth-round pick in 2019 had three points in his first two games. On Sunday, the center added two points to his season total. Both coming on the penalty kill. The first was a primary assist on Simon Knak’s goal and then he scored this short-handed breakaway goal.

It’s early of course, but the season is short (24 games). He’s currently scoring at a 1.67 points-per-game pace. Well above the 1.18 he had in 19-20 where he scored 65 points in 55 games. If that pace continued over a full-WHL season he’d end with 114 points.

NCAA Tournament Selection

The NCAA selection committee met on Sunday to name the 16-team field for the NCAA’s tournament. The tournament is divided into four regions with four teams per region. Three Islanders prospect will play in the single-elimination tournament:

Collin Adams – University of North Dakota (Fargo Region)
Logan Cockerill – Boston University (Albany Region)
Jacob Pivonka – Notre Dame (Albany Region)

Adams’s UND squad will face American International in their opening game of the tournament on March 26 at 9:30 ET and will be televised on ESPN3.

On March 27, Notre Dame plays Boston College at 1:00 PM ET while BU faces St. Cloud State on March 27 at 6:30 ET both will be televised on ESPNews.

See the TV schedule here.

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