Islanders Prospect Report Part II

By Drew Bennett

Stephen Valiquette- Right before a foot injury, the man they call
“Valley”
was having a good season with the Springfield Falcons of the American
Hockey
Leauge. He had a 7-10-1 record with a .907 save percentage and with
time and
expierence, the game’s tallest goalie ever could be a solid NHL
back-up.


Arto Tukio-
Tukio was the Islanders fourth round draft pick last
summer and
the 19 year old Finnish defenceman was to be the captain of the Finnish
team
at the World Junior Championships before an ankle injury. He has
reminded
Islanders Assistant General Manager Gordie Clark of Don Sweeney.


Radek Martinek-
Martinek was an Islanders draft pick in 1999 and most
people
forget about him when they think of that years draft. The Czech
Republic
native has opted to play in the tournaments there, instead of playing
in the
minors this year. Martinek is a little older than most prospects at
24,
Martinek could be seen in an Islanders uniform in a few years.


Dick Transform-
Another older Islanders prospect, he also opted to
spend
this season in Europe. After being drafted in 1994, Tarnstrom has
shown
improvement and is a solid defenceman.


Marco Charpentier-
After a good training camp, Charpentier was signed
to a
contract in December. Playing for Baie Comeau in the QMJHL, he has 50
goals
and 94 points in 55 games.


Mattias Weinhandl-
After a very serious eye injury, Weinhandl is back
to his
old form. Playing for a rebuilding MoDo team in the Swedish Elite
League, he
has 14 goals and 30 points. He currently leads MoDo in points, power
play
goals, and game winning goals.


David St. Germain-
Similar to Charpentier, St. Germain had a good
training
camp and was offered a contract in December. Playing with Baie Comeau
in the
QMJHL, which is known to be a scoring league, St. Germain has a 24-10-4
record with 3.47 GAO and a .900 save percentage. With St. Germain,
Valiquette, and DiPietro, the Islanders look to be set at goal for the
next
ten years.

Taylor Pyatt- This season Pyatt has played with the Islanders and has
struggled to put points up on the board. Pyatt is one of the Islanders
best
players in the corners,
and works hard every night. Pyatt is in the mold of a power forward,
and
they normally take the longest to develop. Pyatt’s scoring ability is
there,
and soon, the points will come.