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BRIDGEPORT, CT - FEBRUARY 10: Otto Koivula #12 of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers brings the puck up ice during a game against the Utica Comets at Webster Bank Arena on February 10, 2019 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. (Photo by Gregory Vasil/Getty Images)
BRIDGEPORT, CT - FEBRUARY 10: Otto Koivula #12 of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers brings the puck up ice during a game against the Utica Comets at Webster Bank Arena on February 10, 2019 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. (Photo by Gregory Vasil/Getty Images)
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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

  • Reece Newkirk (Winterhawks)
    • Stats: -2, 58% FOW, 9SOG (!)
    • Season stats: 4GP, 3G, 2A, 5Pts, 20SOG
  • Collin Adams (UND)
    • Stats: 2G, 3SOG
    • Season stats: 28GP, 13G, 20A, 33Pts, 57SOG

New York Islanders prospects get shots on net and a few goals

Newkirk’s Winterhawks side fell 2-1 in overtime to the Everett Silvertips. The Isles prospect didn’t register a point (the first time this season) but was still a dominant presence on the ice for this team.

His nine shots on goal account for a quarter of his team’s shots on net last night.

Collin Adams, a sixth-round pick from 2016, put up two goals for his University of North Dakota side as they cruised to a 5-1 win over American International.

With the win, UND now moves on to the second round of the NCAA tournament. They’ll face fellow NCHC side Minnesota-Duluth, who advanced after Michigan withdrew from the tournament due to a confirmed COVID case.

Prospects in Action Today

  • Ruslan Iskhakov (TPS)
  • Reece Newkirk (Portland)
  • Logan Cockerill (BU)
  • Bridgeport Sound Tigers

It’s been a full week since Iskhakov’s TPS side played. The Isles second-rounder in 2018 didn’t register a point in that game a week ago, so you know he’ll be hungry for a point tonight. He hasn’t been held off the scoresheet in back-to-back games since the middle of February.

We know what Newkirk has done so far this year for Portland and what his goal is. Maybe today, some of those pucks he’s getting on net (he’s averaging 5SOG per game) can translate into production after missing the scoresheet for the first time yesterday.

It hasn’t been a very active season for BU, they missed a ton of time in an already shortened season. With a 7-2-4-1 record, they deserved a spot in the top 16. Facing off against St. Cloud State, the second-ranked team in the NCHC will be a huge test.

Finally, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers are on the ice after a nine-day delay. Hartford was on the ice two days ago where they defeated the Providence Bruins 4-2.

The Sound Tigers halted a three-game skid with a 4-3 OT win over the Wolf Pack the last time out, a win today would be Bridgeport’s first mini-streak of the season. That OT win saw Otto Koivula put up his first assist of the year (on a Samuel Bolduc goal) and his first goal of the year when he scored the OT game-winner.

That production from Koivula came after Brent Thompson benched the Islanders fourth-round pick from 2016 in the prior outing. Hopefully, that continues for Koivula who’s typically been a strong player at the AHL level.

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