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 update from yesterday
- Ruslan Iskhakov (TPS)
- Stats: 7SOG, 41.7 FOW%, 14:59
- Season Stats: 54GP, 10G, 28A, 38Pts
- Henrik Tikkanen (IPK)*
- Stats: N/A
- Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Ruslan finished the regular season with 38 points in 54 games. That’s a pretty good return for a player that was a healthy scratch a few times this year. Over the course of the season, Iskhakov developed his two-way game for TPS and moved up from the third line to the second line where he and Josh Kestner formed a very productive pair.
Now, they move onto the playoffs where they’ll face the Lahti Pelicans (and fellow Islanders prospect Matias Rajaniemi) in the opening round. Here’s that opening round schedule:
- Game 1: April 19
- Game 2: April 20
- Game 3: April 22
- Game 4: April 23 (If needed)
- Game 5: April 25 (if needed)
The Sound Tigers finally got some offense going, but unfortunately, they suffered defensively for it. Jakub Skarek didn’t have a great game letting in five goals on 24 shots (0.792 SV%) but it wasn’t all on him. A number of times the Bridgeport defense was left spinning like a top and left the Czech goalie to do most of the work.
Bode Wilde put up his second goal in as many games. I wouldn’t say it was a great goal, but sometimes all you need to do is toss the puck towards the net. This is exactly what happened on this goal. A seemingly harmless wrist-shot found twine.
Arnaud Durandeau played in only his seventh game of the year but was able to put in a goal and a helper for his second professional multi-point game. With Greer and Jobst out, it would seem that Durandeau will get more ice-time going forward. That is until Golyshev arrives and maybe Adams who was signed to a two-year deal who could also sign an ATO to play out the year.
New York Islanders prospects in action today
- Reece Newkirk (Winterhawks)
- Robin Salo (Orebro)
Game three for Robin Salo’s Orebro side. They’re already up 2-0 in the series as they head home for two games. The Isles prospect already has two helpers in the series.
Based on an Instagram post from yesterday it seems that Anatolii Golyshev is still in Russia. The recently signed forward is getting ready to leave Russia, but it seems that paperwork issues have not allowed him to leave just yet.
William Dufour is still out with an injury. I reached out to the team to see if they think he’ll be ready for the QMJHL playoffs (which are scheduled to start on April 23rd). They simply told me “he’s still on the injured list”. So probably, but probably not as well.