NY Islanders Prospect Report: Week of 11/28 - 12/2

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

Quinn Finley and the Madison Capitols took a break from their USHL schedule as they were visited by the US National Team Development Program for a two-game exhibition.

Finley looked like one of the best players on the ice as he took on some of the top young players the US has to offer. The Capitols split the series, with Finley recording an assist in each game. Aside from distributing the puck, Finley had no issue putting the puck on net as well, totaling 12 shots-on-goal in the two games.

For a struggling Capitols team (6-12-1), Finley remains one of the team's few bright spots. Sitting second in team scoring with 23 points (8 goals, 15 assists), Finley also has the eighth most points in all the USHL.

Tristan Lennox, Saginaw Spirit, OHL (3rd Round, 2021)

The newest member of our weekly prospect report, Tritan Lennox, has played remarkably on an exceptionally talented Saginaw Spirit team.

Lennox's stellar play of late has been duly noted by the OHL as he was named Goaltender of the Month for November. Lennox posted a 6-1 record with a 1.86 GAA, .931 Sv%, and added one shutout.

Though his numbers last month were through the roof, it would still be great to see him improve on his overall number, as he is still posting a sub .900 SV% and is allowing over three goals a game. Even though three goals per game may seem high, in the high-flying OHL, it's not uncommon.

Saginaw currently leads the OHL's Western Conference in points with 38 (18-7-2) with Lennox being penciled in as the teams top goaltender.

Samuel Bolduc, Bridgeport Islanders, AHL (2nd Round, 2019)

We have mentioned in the last few weeks how Samuel Bolduc would likely be the first defenseman called into action from Bridgeport if an Islanders defenseman were to go down with an injury. With Adam Pelech going down with what looks to be a head injury against the St. Louis Blues, Bolduc may be finally getting his opportunity.

It will likely be between Bolduc and Robin Salo to fill Pelech's skates were he to miss any time. Depending on the direction Lou Lamoriello and Lane Lambert want to take will determine Bolduc's potential call-up. Salo would give them another puck-moving option, while Bolduc could replace the size and physicality Pelech provides.

Last week, Bolduc scored the only goal for the B-Isles in their 3-1 defeat to the Springfield Thunderbirds. The goal was Bolduc's fourth of the season as he continues to be the top producer on the blue line for Bridgeport.

Ruslan Iskhakov, Bridgeport Islanders, AHL (2nd Round, 2018)

It's been a rough stretch of late for Ruslan Iskhakov. The 22-year-old rookie only collected three points in November until the final day of the month, when he added another goal to his total. The goal may have sparked Iskhakov to return to his early season form as he also found the net in the team's next game, a 5-1 victory over the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins.

Iskhakov also added an assist to his weekly total giving him points in three consecutive games. Aside from the points, Iskhakov also posted a +5 rating and +8 on the season. Good enough for second-best on the team.

After a rocky second month in North America, Iskhakov is hopefully back to being the playmaker and point producer he was in October.

He now has 16 points (six goals, 11 assists) on the season.

William Dufour, Bridgeport Islanders, AHL (5th Round, 2020)

William Dufour continues to do what he does best, and that is put pucks on net. With 12 shots in three games last week, Dufour lit the lamp twice, both coming on the powerplay.

In the win against Wilkes Barre-Scranton, a dumped-in puck was fumbled at the top of the crease by the Penguins goalie as Dufour crashed the net and gathered the puck, making a nifty move to get the puck to his backhand along the goal line and sweeping the puck into the gaping cage.

Dufour seems to be finding his groove as the season progresses, currently sitting second on the B-Isles in scoring with eight, trailing only veteran Andy Andreoff (11).

Dufour's eight goals are good enough for fifth in the AHL rookie goal-scoring race trailing San Jose Sharks draft pick Thomas Bordeleau by only three.

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