Islanders prospects daily: Collin Adams signing update

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 25: <> at Nassau Coliseum on February 25, 2021 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 25: <> at Nassau Coliseum on February 25, 2021 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

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.

This is going to be a bit of a weird update because the two guys who played yesterday are the only two back in action today.

Prospects update from yesterday

  • Ruslan Iskhakov (TPS)
    • Stats: 41.7 FOW%, 15:05 TOI
    • Season stats: 53 GP, 10G, 28A, 38Pts
  • Reece Newkirk (Winterhawks)
    • Stats: 2SOG, 61.5 FOW%
    • Season stats: 10GP, 4G, 7A,11Pts

Neither of these players put up a point yesterday. Which is odd because both have been offensive strengths for their clubs.

Iskhakov, who’s basically been a point-per-game player of late has started to tail off at the absolute worst time. Over his last six games, the Russian center has three points. As TPS gets set for the playoffs (their last regular-season game is today), TPS would hope their second-line center would be playing the best hockey of his year. That isn’t exactly happening.

Newkirk, who started the year on fire, has cooled down a bit. He has two points over his last three games. I wouldn’t be worried about his production, he’ll bounce back. Like I said yesterday, he’s ready for the next level.

New York Islanders prospects in action today

  • Ruslan Iskhakov (TPS)
  • Reece Newkirk (Winterhawks)

The same two guys are back on the ice today.

Like I said Iskhakov and TPS are playing their last game of the regular season. No matter the outcome today, TPS are locked into third place. Once his year is done, hopefully, after a long playoff run, I’d expect him to sign with the Isles.

Newkirk’s side is third in the WHL’s US Division. Just one point out of a wildcard spot. With a quiet game on the scoresheet yesterday I don’t expect Newkirk to be quiet again today.

Signing watch update

It’s not official yet, but if Arthur Staple is sure it’s happening it’s basically official.

Adams had yet another strong year with the University of North Dakota this year. Playing top-line minutes he powered the Fighting Hawks to an NCHC title. Sadly, they couldn’t get that NCAA title they had hoped for but at least they got one title, I guess?

Adams is 22 so based on the CBA, he can only a two-year ELC. I don’t expect it to be a max deal ($925,000) but we’ll see what the numbers work out to when the Islanders officially announce the signing. Whenever that is.

Signing him is a good sign for the Isles prospect pool that has had little talent recently. This kid should come in and give them some strong play down the middle.