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.
Prospects in Action Yesterday
- Matias Rajaniemi (Pelicans)
- Stats: 1SOG, 15:19TOI
- Season stats: 44GP, 3G, 6A, 15:36 ATOI
- Josh Ho-Sang (Linkoping)*
- Stats: N/A
- Season stats: 4GP, 2G, 12:58 ATOI
New York Islanders prospects update: Raja plays, but where is Ho-Sang?
Rajaniemi’s ice-time has started to drop over the last few games. He’s playing under 16 minutes a night now. He’s +2 for the month so he’s not exactly the reason for the Pelican’s slide over the last few games. They’ve gone 0-4-1 before yesterday’s win.
They’re back to winning ways for now, the hope is they can sustain that going forward.
While looking at Rajaniemi’s stats, it’s nice to see that he’s registering a shot on net per game over the last four games. His Corsi isn’t particularly good (47%), but there are few on his team about 50%.
Where is Josh Ho-Sang? He wasn’t on the ice for Linkoping yet again yesterday. I’ve reached out to the team’s GM and to other sources within the team to try and get an answer to what is going on with Ho-Sang.
Has he really been a healthy scratch over the last three games? Is there something else going on? Is he injured? Maybe I’ve missed something in Swedish media that may indicate what’s going on, but right now I have no idea what’s going on with Ho-Sang. He hasn’t played since March 4.
Prospects in Action Today
- Reece Newkirk (Winterhawks)
- Collin Adams (UND)
Reece Newkirk is riding a three-game point streak to open the WHL season. He has three goals and two helpers in that span. He’s putting up points across every situation:
5on5: 1G, 1A
Power play: 1G
Shorthanded: 1G, 1A
It’s impressive stuff from the 2019 fifth-round pick who’s hoping to go pro next year. With only 24 games on the season, he’s hoping to have as electric of a season as possible. By storming out of the gates like he’s done, he’s setting himself up well to have another strong year.
Adams and his UND squad take their first step towards an NCAA championship. Their first test is Atlantic Hockey’s American International College.
UND are favored to win the entire thing this year, but American Int’l is a tough test with a 10-1-1 record this season. If the Fighting Hawks win this, they’ll set up a date against either Big 10 side Michigan or fellow NCHC side Minnesota-Duluth.