As the NY Islanders continued their hot streak of play, winning seven of the last eight games, the Bridgeport Islanders also remained red-hot in the AHL. What's been deemed a weak prospect pool seems to be becoming more and more attractive as the weeks roll on.
Aside from Bridgeport, Isles' prospects in juniors and overseas have been showing signs of improvement, along with one of the most recently drafted Islanders making his season debut (sort of).
Before heading to Bridgeport, we will take a look at a couple of Islanders' prospects currently playing in Canadian Juniors.
Matthew Maggio, Windsor Spitfires, OHL (2022, 5th Round)
Drafted as an overage player in 2022, Matthew Maggio has been leaving his mark on the OHL, trying to prove to 31 other organizations that he deserved to be drafted in 2021. In three games last week for the Windsor Spitfires, Maggio added four more points (one goal, three assists) to his season total.
On Sunday, as the Spitfires hosted the Kingston Frontenacs, Maggio compiled three more points (one goal, two assists) as his Windsor team claimed a 6-3 victory. After adding two assists, one being on the powerplay earlier in the contest, Maggio added some insurance for his club with a nifty backhanded goal on a breakaway to beat the goalie.
Through 13 games in 2022, Maggio leads his Spitfires team with 21 points and currently sits sixth in the OHL for most points.
Next week, Maggio and the Western Conference-leading Spitfires (10-2-3-0) will look to continue their hot start with games on Friday and Sunday.
Isaiah George, London Knights, OHL (2022, 5th Round)
After suffering a lower-body injury in training camp with the Islanders, Isaiah George finally made his anticipated season debut with the London Knights. Even though he officially appeared in one game this season, George re-aggravated his injury on his first shift and has not seen playing time since.
In his first full game of the season, the fleet-footed George seemed to be his old self collecting an assist on a short-handed Knights goal for his first point of the season. George deflected a cross-ice pass leading to a two-on-one for the Knights, finishing with a Max McCue goal.
George will look to bring stability to the blue line for a struggling London team, currently sitting in eighth place in the Western Conference.