The Bridgeport Islanders have returned to their winning ways after dropping their previous four games. The NY Islanders AHL affiliate was victorious in two of their three matchups last week with wins over the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins and the Providence Bruins.
The B-Isles have a new teammate as Lou Lamoriello waived forward Nikita Soshnikov, with the 29-year-old Russian reporting to Bridgeport. The addition of Soshnikov has thrown a bit of a wrench in the B-Isles lineup, as there was no subsequent call-up to the big club. Players who otherwise would be in the lineup night in and night out are now finding themselves in the team suite as a healthy scratch.
As international tournaments are set to begin play in the upcoming weeks, another Islanders prospect is selected to represent his country. Meanwhile, another is chosen to wear the ‘C’ for his club.
Let’s take a look at the week that was for the Isles prospects.
Matthew Maggio, Windsor Spitfires, OHL (5th Round, 2022)
In his final season in the OHL, Matthew Maggio was named captain of the Windsor Spitfires. Playing under former NHL great Marc Savard, Maggio will lead the Spitfires on their quest for the Memorial Cup.
As the Spitfires went 1-1 last week, they were slightly edged out by the Sarnia Sting and blew the doors off the Kitchener Rangers.
As Windsor hit the road for its matchup with Kitchener, Maggio found the back of the net for his first goal as captain while adding another assist.
With just under 14 minutes to play in the third, Maggio received a stretch pass at the blue line, springing him in on a breakaway. Maggio kept ahead of two Rangers defensemen and beat the goaltender (a sight Islanders fans would love to see in the NHL) to extend the Spitfires' lead.
Maggio now has 24 points (12 goals 12 assists) through 17 games this season.