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NY Islanders Prospect Report: Week of 10/31-11/6

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Quinn Finley, Madison Capitols, USHL (2022, 3rd round)

Quinn Finley has gotten off to a red hot start for the Madison Capitols, currently second on the team in scoring. In the team's two games last week, Finley found the back of the net in each of them, twice in Sunday's matinee against the Chicago Steel. He would show off his soft hands, receiving a long pass at the blue line and beating the goalie five-hole to add to his team's advantage.

Finley's point total for the season now sits at 15 in only 11 games. His production has the future Wisconsin Badger currently in seventh place in scoring in the USHL.

Selected higher than expected this past summer, scouts always knew the offensive game for Finley would always be present, but improvement in the defensive end would be where he needs to improve. So far this season, Finley's struggles have continued. He was a -4 last week in the Dubuque Fighting Saints' drubbing of the Capitols and is currently a -10 for the season.

Alex Jeffries, Merrimack College, NCAA, (2020, 4th Round)

Maybe the forgotten prospect with all the hype currently surrounding the great start by the B-Isles has been Merrimack College's, Alex Jeffries. Drafted as a fourth-rounder in 2020, Jeffries has put a nice career together, entering his fourth season in the NCAA, and is off to his best start with the Merrimack Warriors.

Last week, the Warriors beat perennial NCAA powerhouse and state rivals Boston College on back-to-back nights. In the second half of the back-to-back, Jeffries was the driving force behind the victory, scoring on the powerplay and adding a helper on the man advantage. His eight shots-on-goal lead the team.

Jeffries is scoring better than a point per game, with 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in nine games. His totals are good enough for fourth place in the Hockey East Conference and 24th in the nation.

The Warriors will host the Maine Black Bears on back-to-back nights this week on Friday and Saturday.

Eetu Liukas, HPK, Liiga (2021 5th Round)

Currently playing in the top division in Finland and one of the best leagues in Europe, Eetu Liukas has quietly carved out a nice start to his professional career.

Islanders fans may remember Liukas as Räty's teammate with Finland during the World Junior Classic where the 20-year-old mostly played a checking role on the team's fourth line. However, Liukas is not just a guy who likes to throw his 6'2" 200 lbs. frame around. He is also skilled, playing top-line minutes with HPK this season.

During the team's one game last week, defeated by SaiPa, Liukas failed to register a point but managed four shots on goal. He currently has eight points (three goals, five assists) in the team's 20 games this season.

Liukas was named to Team Finland for the Karjala Cup, a tournament between Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, and Czechia, beginning on November 10. Liukas will be the youngest member of the team and will likely play a more checking-style role.

Calle Odelius, Djurgardens, HockeyAllvenskan, (2022, 2nd Round)

Now playing in the second division of Swedish hockey on a young Djurgardens team, Calle Odelius has struggled a bit out of the blocks. However, the young Swede is only 18-years-old and playing in a league with mostly grown men.

Odelius was at one point this season dropped down to the team's U20 team, likely for more ice time, where he managed to register an assist in his one appearance. In total, Odelius has totaled only two points in 16 games with the senior team.

Last week, he managed to find his name on the score sheet, registering an assist in the team's 5-4 victory at AIK. Though Odelius may not be putting up the numbers, he is contributing to the team which won each of its three games last week.

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