Islanders prospect update: Semi-finals for Orebro, Dobson graduation
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 every now and then I’ll tell you how some of those prospects are doing in my prospects rankings.
Prospects update from yesterday
- Robin Salo (Orebro)
- Stats: 2 MS (missed shots), 21:20 TOI
- Playoff stats: 4GP, 4A, 19:24TOI
- Henrik Tikkanen (IPK)*
- Bridgeport Sound Tigers
- Blade Jenkins: 1G, 2SOG
- Bode Wilde: 3SOG
With a 2-1 OT win in game four, Robin Salo and Orebro advance to the semifinals of the SHL playoffs. He didn’t record a point in the game, but the Isles defensive prospect played a playoff-high 21:20 of ice time in the win.
Orebro – the lowest-ranked team left in the playoffs – will face the top-ranked Vaxjo Lakers in the best-of-five semis. Orebro holds a 2-1-1 record against Vaxjo, they traded OT wins before trading 6-2 wins. So while the seeding has them as “strongest vs. weakest” the regular season record shows an equal matchup.
The Sound Tigers had a better game even though the 4-2 scoreline might not show that. They caught a really bad bounce for the first goal and the last one was an empty netter. All that being said, the offense wasn’t doing much.
The Wolf Pack did a good job keeping the Islanders affiliate to the outside on one of the few occasions where the Sound Tigers did get through to the center, Blade Jenkins was able to get his first pro goal.
Jenkins has been a healthy scratch most of the season. But with guys like Neumann and Turcotte gone out on loan the Sound Tiger brought him in. Hopefully, there’s more to come from the Isles 2018 fifth-rounder.
New York Islanders prospects in action today
The college season is over, the regular season is over in Europe, the Isles ECHL team isn’t playing this year, and the AHL squad played yesterday. So, not a single Islanders prospect is in action today.
So here are a few notes. Orebro’s semi-final schedule against Vaxjo is out. For those of you interested
- April 22
- April 23
- April 25
- April 27 (If needed)
- April 29 (if needed)
It’s unlikely that he’ll have time to get a visa sorted, travel, and quarantine in time to join the Sound Tigers. Their season ends on May 8.
The same goes for Anatolii Golyshev who is still in Russia. Visa issues are keeping him there, but once that’s sorted he’ll be headed states side. With only seven games left on the BPT season, it’s hard to see how much game time he’ll get if any.
Remember, the Isles loaned him out to the Sound Tigers immediately after the signing was made official.
With last night’s game, Noah Dobson has now reached the NHL games played threshold, which means he no longer counts as a prospect in my rankings. Everyone below number three moves up one spot in the rankings. So here’s a new top 5:
- Oliver Wahlstrom (RW)
- Kieffer Bellows (LW)
- Mitchell Vande Sompel (LD)
- Robin Salo (LD)
- Bode Wilde (RD)