Islanders Prospect Review

By Bill Bennett

Today’s Update is a statistical review of several Islander Prospects playing in the American Hockey League, ECHL, College, Junior or European Leagues, along with some notables on who changed teams. Several prospects from past years are not included because they do not fit prospect criteria any longer.

Some sites in Russia do not have available stats on some players at this point, I hope to have them included by the next update.

Islanders: National Hockey League:

Raffi Torres lw/rw: 6 gp, 0 g, 3 a, 3 pts, 6 pim, 0 ppg, 0 shg, 0 gwg, +/- 2

Justin Mapletoft c: 5gp, 0 g,2 a, 2 pts, 2 pim,0 ppg, 0 shg, 0gwg, +/- 2

Eric Godard rw* rw 1 gp, +/- -1

Trent Hunter rw* 2 gp, 0 g, 0 a, 0 pts, 0 pim, 0 ppg, 0 shg, 0 gwg, +/- 0

Tomi Pettinen* 1 gp, 0 g, 0 a, 0 pts, 0 pim, 0 ppg, 0 shg, 0 gwg, +/- 0

* returned to Bridgeport

Bridgeport Sound Tigers: American Hockey League

Trent Hunter rw 5 gp, 6g, 3a, 9pts, 4 pim, 4 ppg, 0 shg, 2 gw, 0 gt

Mattias Weinhandl rw 7 gp, 1g, 5a, 6 pts, 4 pim, 0 ppg, 0 shg, 0 gw, 0 gt

Jeff Hamilton c 6 gp, 1g,  2a, 3 pts, 4 pim, 1 ppg, 0 shg, 0 gw, 0 gt

Blaine Down** f 5gp, 2 g, 0a, 2 pts, 10 pim, 1 ppg, 1 shg, 1 gw, 0 gt

Justin Mapletoft*c 2 gp, 1 g, 1 a, 2 pts

Raffi Torres lw* 2 gp, 1 a, 1pt

Martin Chabada rw/lw 5 gp, 1 g, 1 a, 2 pts, 6 pim, 0 ppg, 1 shg, 0 gw, 0 gt

Tomi Pettinen d 4 gp, 0 g, 1 a, 1 pt, 18 pim

Matt Higgins f  4 gp, 6 pim

Eric Godard rw 5 gp, 18 pim

J.F David d *** 5 gp

Graham Belak lw 6 gp, 12 pim

Marco Charpentier rw 7 gp, 6 pim

*** tryout contract was Syosset camp invite in September

**contract between Ahl and Echl

* recalled by Islanders

Rick DiPietro 5 gp, 3.17 gaa, 1 w, 3 L, 0 t, ga 16, shots 119, svpt 8.81

Trenton Titans: ECHL

Dustin Wood d 3 gp, 0 g, 3 a 3 pts Bridgeport Stats: 2 gp

David St, Germain: gp 5, min 305, gaa 1.97, 4 w, 0 L, 1 otl, ga 10, shots 129, svpt 9.28

College Leagues:

Brian Collins c: Boston University NCAA Hockey East

5 gp, 0 g, 2 a, 2 pts, 9 shots, -2 rating, 0 pim

Bryan Perez lw: Michigan Tech NCAA WCHA Division One

5 gp, 3 g, 5 a, 8pts, 1 shg

Ryan Caldwell d: University of Denver NCAA WCHA Division One

6 gp, 2 g, 3 a 5 pts, 1 ppg

Junior Leagues:

Marcus Paulsson lw: Saskatoon Blades Whl

5 gp, 3 g, 2 a, 5 pts, 0 pim, 1 ppg, 1 gwg, + 4

Paulsson was returned to juniors late in Isles camp and was not with Blades at beginning of season

Cory Stillman C: Kingston Frontenacs OHL

Stillman is still suffering from an abdominal inury from last season that is more pronounced as he skates. This kept him out of Isles camp, to date he is continuing to try and skate and make a return to the Frontenacs.

Mike Bray d: Montreal QMJHL

7 gp, 0 g, 4 a, 4 pts, 31 pim, + 1

Bray was suspended for 10 games by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Tuesday for arguing with a referee after being ejected because he returned to the ice to dispute the call further.

Andy Chiodo: St.Michaels Majors OHL

10 gp, 602 min, 26 ga, 1 so, 2.59 gaa, 6 w, 3 L, 1 t, 9.28 svpt

Chiodo is the Majors starting goaltender this season.

Brad Topping: Brampton Battalion OHL

11 gp, 629 min, 43 ga, 0 so, 4.10 gaa, 4 w, 7 L, 0 t, 8.92 svpt

Topping stopped 54 shots in win earlier this season and is the teams starting goaltender.

European Prospects:

Finland:

Sean Bergenheim F: 15 gp, 2 g, 3 a, 5 pts, + 3

Arto Tukio D: 13 gp, 2 g, 4 a, 6 pts, + 7, 10 pim

Bergenheim, the Islanders top pick (22nd overall)last summer and Tukio both play for Jokerit in the FNL. Bergenheim is not in the top ten scorers for Jokerit at this time. Tukio is having a standout season.

Juha-Pekka Ketola c: Luko Rauma FNL Junior League

Ketola has not played to date this season.

Sweden:

Frans Nielsen rw: MIF Redhawks SEL

13 gp, 2 g, 2 a, 4 pts, + 1

Johan Halvardsson d: HV-71 SEL

3 gp, 4 pim

Halvardsson has only played in three of the teams fifteen games this season, after missing a significant amout of time last year with injuries. He did return to action by the end of last season.

Per Braxhenholm d: Morrum SL

14 gp, 1 shot, -1

Czech Republic:

Radek Matejovsky rw: Keramika Ptzen Czech Extra

13 gp, 1 g, 4 a, 5 pts, 41pim, + 4

Jan Holub d: HC Liberec Czech Extra

8 gp, -1 rating, 2 pim

Russia:

Dimitri Altarev F: Dizenlist-Shvsm (Penza) First League

No available Stats

Vladimir Gorbunov rw: Moskva Vysshaya, RHL

No available Stats

Roman Kukhtinov d: Salavat Yulaev, RHL

16 gp, 2 g, 2 a, 4 pts, 20 pim, 2 ppg, 0 shg, 0 gwg, 2 gtg

Alexei Stonkus d: Lokomotiv Yaro Slavl, Superleague

5 gp

Stonkus has been used recently on a fourth line defensive pairing in recent games.

Transfers from last season:

Juha-Pekka Ketola: Sherbrooke Qmjhl to Lukko Rauma Jr a SM-sarja

Dimitri Altarev: Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod to Dizenlist Penza

Radek Matejovsky: Slavia Praha to Keramika Ptzen

Notables/ex-Islanders:

Dimitri Upper is off to a fast start with Spartak Moscow ( 7 pts, 4g, 3a) in his first fifteen game. Russian Hockey reported he was ready to come to North American based on his play. Isles did not come to terms with the group II free agent.

Alexander Kharitanov plays for: Avangard Omsk

Evegeny Korolev returned to Russia, Isles maintain his NHL rights.

Dimitri Nabakov plays for Metallurg Novojuznetsk.

Dusan Salficky is playing the final year of his two-year Islanders contract with Cska-Moscow. He is unrestricted after this season.

Finally:

My Thanks to Rick Davis from the Caps and Daniel Flodin from the Blackhawks for their help.