Islanders prospects daily: Robin Salo has breakout playoff game for Orebro

Robin Salo is interviewed after being selected 46th overall by the New York Islanders (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Robin Salo is interviewed after being selected 46th overall by the New York Islanders (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/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.

Prospects update from yesterday

  • Robin Salo (Orebro)
    • Stats: 2A, 1SOG, 18:27TOI
    • Playoff stats: 3GP, 4A, 3SOG, 18:35 ATOI
  • Reece Newkirk (Winterhawks)
    • Stats: 3SOG, +1, 66.7 FOW%
    • Season stats: 12GP, 6G, 7A, 13Pts

Robin Salo is having quite a time in the first round of the SHL playoffs. With a 7-1 win in Game 3, his Orebro side is now up 3-0 in the opening round of the playoffs. Robin Salo collected two helpers in the game. He’s now at four points in three playoff games.

His second assist on the night was a secondary helper, but my word was it a spectacular one. Secondary helpers are typically considered “noise” because they don’t always have that big of an impact on a goal, but this secondary helper from Salo is something special. Watch:

Yeah, that one-touch pass at the offensive blue to set Robert Leino in on goal was impressive, but how about that pass from Salo. The Isles prospect was able to go cross-ice with a tape-to-tape pass from the faceoff dot in the D-zone all the way to the offensive blueline with enough mustard for Barklund to one-touch the puck to Leino.

For the numbers crowd, Salo is eighth in the league for average game score in the playoffs with a 1.39GS through four games.

This game should serve notice to anyone sleeping on Robin Salo. This kid is ready for the next level.

With those four points, Salo is now third in scoring for defensemen in the SHL playoffs. Two of the guys ahead of him won’t be making the trip to the second round as they got swept in the first round.

New York Islanders prospects in action today

  • Robin Salo (Orebro)
  • Henrik Tikkanen (IPK)
  • Bridgeport Sound Tigers

A win today and Orebro moves on to the second round of the playoffs. Through the first three games, they’ve been dominant over Leksand. Yesterday’s 7-1 all but confirmed that. We’ll see if they can close things out today.

Tikkanen is still on the bench as a backup for IPK who have progressed to the second round of the Mestis playoffs. IPK is down 1-0 in their best of three series.

The Sound Tigers face off against the Wolf Pack yet again. Ideally, they can keep up their offense from the last time out but be much better defensively.

BPT roster note: Both Brett Neumann and Yannick Turcotte were loaned out to ECHL sides. It seems they’re making room on the roster for a few players. That could mean they’re poised to add both Anatolii Golyshev (who’s still in Russia but getting ready to leave) and perhaps recent signee Collin Adams.

Adams’s deal is only for 2021-22, but they could very well sign the UND center to an ATO for this season. The Islanders did that with Oliver Wahlstrom after his BU season ended.