Islanders Prospect Update

By Bill Bennett

With the SoundTigers still playing in the American Hockey League Eastern Conference Finals, some statistics are still not final for the 2001-2002 season.

A win in game seven puts Bridgeport in the Calder Cup Finals and Rick DiPietro against his first professional coach, John Anderson and the Isles former IHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves.

DiPietro’s rookie season started with the Wolves under Anderson in 2000-01 and he stayed until the World Junior Championships.

The word prospects to many Islanders fans is just a list of the young players traded to other organizations. Several prime prospects were on the Island before they were ready.

Players that fit Hockey’s Future’s criteria of a prospect could also hardly apply to European League veterans in their mid-20s. Some fans may find it hard to believe Evgeny Korolev is only 23.

Even a young player such as Branislav Mezei saw so much time as an Islander last season (42 games) he can no longer be listed as a prospect.

From an NHL standpoint, the youngest player on the Isles opening day roster was Oleg Kvasha, who has been in the NHL four seasons. Radek Martinek in his mid-20s fits the criteria of a prospect and has only played 15 games.

Let’s begin with an overview of what the Isles do have in the system. Several key prospects did see some games on the Island during the season and a few saw limited action in the teams playoff series. The draft this summer should help make the Islanders prospect base become even deeper. The SoundTigers playoff stats do not include game six on Monday.

Bridgeport SoundTigers:

Rick DiPietro G
Season:
59 gp, 3471:31 min, 2.32 ga, 30-22-7, 4 so, 9.13 spct
Playoffs:
13 gp, 806:01 min, 1.86 ga, 10-3, 2 so, 9.21 spct

Steve Valiquette G
Season:
20 gp, 1070:33 min, 2.52 ga, 10-5-1, 2 so, 9.23 spct
Playoffs:
1 gp, 18:11 min, 3.30 ga, 8.00 spct

David St. Germain G
Season:
1 gp, 59:18 min, 3.04 ga, 0-1-0, 8.97 spct

Trent Hunter RW
Season:
80 gp, 30 g, 35 a, 65 pts + 27, 30 pim, 8 pp, 247 s
Playoffs:
10 gp, 5, g, 9 a, 14 pts, + 8, 4 pim, 1 ppg, 38 s
Playoffs: Islanders
4 gp, 1 g, 1 a, 2 pts, + 1, 11 min avg ice time

Ray Giroux D
Season:
79 gp, 13 g, 40 a, 53 pts, +13, 73pim, 7ppg, 222 s
Playoffs:
12 gp, 0 g, 3 a, 3 pts, + 5, 16 pim, 0 ppg, 27 s
Season: Islanders
2 gp, -1 rating, 2 pim, 2 s

Jason Krog C
Season:
64 gp, 26 g, 36 a, 62 pts, -8, 13 pim, 9 ppg, 207 s
Playoffs:
13 gp, 8 g, 9 a, 17 pts, +6, 6 pim, 2 ppg, 44 s
Season: Islanders
2 gp, no stats

Jurak Kolnik RW
Season:
67 gp, 18 g, 30 a, 48 pts, + 4, 40 pim, 1 ppg, 185 s
Playoffs:
13 gp, 6 g, 9 a, 15 pts, + 7, 8 pim, 1 ppg, 38 s
Season: Islanders
7 gp, 2 g, 0 a, 2 pts, -2, 0 pim, 10 s

Justin Mapletoft C
Season:
80 gp, 13 g, 20 a, 33 pts, + 11, 60 pim, 3 ppg, 136 s
Playoffs:
13 gp, 7 g, 7 a, 14 pts, + 13, 13 pim, 26 s

Raffi Torres LW
Season:
59 gp, 20 g, 10 a, 30 pts, -5, 45 pim, 7 ppg, 126 s
Playoffs:
13 gp, 6 g, 8 a, 14 pts, + 9, 22 pim, 2 ppg, 24 s
Season: Islanders
14 gp, 1 a, 1 pts, + 1, 6 pim, 9 s

Branislav Mezei D
Season:
59 gp, 1 g, 9 a, 10 pts, + 12, 137 pim, 57 s
Playoffs:
13 gp, 0 g, 1 a, 1 pt, e, 46 pim, 14 s
Season: Islanders
24 gp, 0 g, 2 a, 2 pts, + 2, 12 pim, 4 s

Evgeny Korolev D
Season:
53 gp, 5 g, 8 a 13 pts, -1, 30 pim, 1 ppg, 88 s
Season: Islanders
17 gp, 0 g, 2 a, 2 pts, e, 6 pim, 9 s
Not on SoundTigers clear day playoff roster
Playoffs: Islanders
2 gp, no stats, even rating, two minutes per game avg

Tomi Pettinen D
Playoffs:
6 gp, 0 g, 1 a, 1 pt, e, 2 shots

Graham Belak LW
Season:
7 gp, 5 pim

Marco Charpentier RW
Season:
16 gp, 1 a, 1 a, 2pts, -1, 2 pim, 4 s

Trenton ECHL:

Marco Charpentier RW
Season:
54 gp, 20 g, 21 a, 41 pts, +15, 31 pim, 3 ppg , 127 s
Playoffs:
7 gp, 5 g, 2 a, 7pts, + 1, 4 pim, 2 ppg, 27 s

Graham Belak LW
Season:
60 gp, 6 g, 6 a, 12 pts, -5, 305 pim, 4 ppg, 44 s
Belak was not on Trenton’s playoff roster

David St.Germain G
Season:
29 gp, 1704:15 min, 2.57 ga, 16-6-0-6, 1 so, 9.08 spct
Playoffs:
Did not play in Trenton’s two playoff series

College Prospects:
Bryan Perez: Michigan Tech, LW
Season:
32 gp, 6 g, 10 a, 16 pts, 20 pim, 2 ppg

Brian Collins: Boston University, C
Season:
38 gp, 12 g, 8 a, 20 pts, -6, 22 pim, 5 ppg, 96 s

Ryan Caldwell: University of Denver, D
Season:
40 gp, 3 g, 16 a, 19 pts, +9, 76 pim

Junior Prospects:

Cory Stillman: Kingston, OHL F
Season:
48 gp, 14 g, 27 a, 41 pts, + 1, 58 pim, 2 ppg, 2 shg
Playoffs:
1 gp, -1 rating.
Missed 20 games in season due to injury

Mike Bray: MTL, QMJHL F
Season: Traded from Quebec to Mtl
58 gp, 5 g, 10 a, 15 pts, -15, 312 pim, 4 ppg
Playoffs:
Mtl-7 gp, 2 g, 1 a, 3 pts, -5 rating, 36 pim, 2 ppg

Andy Chiodo: St Michaels Majors, OHL, G
Season:
33 gp, 14-10-3, 2 so, 2.72 ga, 9.13 svpt
Playoffs:
7 gp, 3-1-0, 3.54 ga, 8.88 svpt

Juha-Pekka Ketola: Castors Sherbrooke, CHL, D
Season:
67 gp, 8 g, 27 a, 35 pts, -29 rating, 58 pim, 5 ppg

European Leagues:

Mattias Weinhandl: MoDo, Swe, C
Season:
50 gp, 18 g, 16 a, 34 pts, 100 shots, 5 ppg, + 9
World Championships:
7 gp, 2 g, 4 a, 6 pts, 15 shots, + 2
Playoffs:
GP, 14, 4 g, 11 a 15 pts, + 5, 4 pim
Weinhandl led league in playoff scoring

Kristofer Ottoson: Djurgens, IF, RW
Season:
41 gp, 13 g, 8 a, 21 pts, 104 shots, 5 ppg

Arto Tukio: Ives, Finland, D
Season:
47 gp, 8 g, 9 a, 17 pts, even rating
Playoffs:
3 gp, 1 a, -4

Tomi Pettinen: Ives, Finland, D
Season: 48 gp, 5 g, 4 a, 9 pts, 51 pim, -7
Playoffs: See SoundTigers
Note-At this time Pettinen is not under contract for Bridgeport or Islanders.

Dimitri Upper: Sparta, Moscow, F
Season:
51 gp, 16 g, 9 a, 25 pts, 74 pim

Roman Kukhtinov: Salavat Yulaev, D
Season:
50 gp, 11 g, 10 a, 21 pts, 74 pim

Vladimir Gorbunov: HC, Cska, F
Season:
34 gp, 12 g, 13 a, 25 pts, 12 pim

Dimitri Altarev: Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod, F
Season:
31 gp, 2 g, 2 a, 4 pts, 42 pim
In Season Russian Championships:
6 gp, 4 g, 5 a, 9 pts, 12 pim

Jan Holub: J Liberec, Cze Extra, D
HC Billi Trgri Liberec
HC Jablonec nad Nisou
Combined stats Season:
61 gp, 3 g, 3 a, 6 pts, 22 pim

Radek Matekovsky: HC Slacia Praha Extra, F
Season:
35 gp, 3 g, 1 a, 4 pts
Playoffs:
9 gp, -1 rating

Johan Halvardsson: HV71, Swe, D
Season:
Returned from injury to play three games in final days. No points.

Notables:
Arto Tukio was reported over the weekend to be switching to Jokerit from Ives Tampere for the 2002-03 season.

Dusan Salficky signed to play with Moscow Central Army (TsSKA) for the 2002-03 over the weekend.

Micheal Peca will have his surgery on May 29th and is expected out for at least the first three months of the 2002-03 season.