Christian Isackson
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Christian Isackson

Hometown:

Pine City Minnesota

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1992-01-20

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2010

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2010

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

7th round (203rd overall), 2010

Weight:

183 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2008-09: Christian Isackson played high school hockey as a junior for Minnesota's Saint Thomas Academy, scoring 18 goals with 39 assists in 27 games. He played for the United States at the Five Nations U-17 tournament in Slovakia and had one assist in four games for the second-place squad. Isackson committed to playing college hockey at the University of Minnesota in 2011-12.

2009-10: Isackson was one of the finalists for Minnesota's Mr. Hockey award as a senior at Saint Thomas Academy, scoring 25 goals with 35 assists and a +13 plus/minus in 28 games. Prior to the high school season, he competed for Team Southeast in the Minnesota-based Upper Midwest Elite League, scorning 11 goals with 11 assists in 22 games.

2010-11: Isackson played for the Sioux Falls Stampede in the USHL. In 58 regular season games he scored 17 goals with 27 assists and was +5 with 31 PMs. He scored 3 goals with 5 assists in 10 playoff games as the Stampede reached the Clark Cup semifinals. Isackson was +8 with 8 PMs in the playoffs.

2011-12: Isackson appeared in 11 games as a freshman as part of a talent-laden forward group for the University of Minnesota. The Golden Gophers had 13 NHL draftees up front including five seniors. Isackson was minus-two with no points and 2 penalty minutes  in limited ice time. Minnesota was one of the top teams in college hockey, winning the WCHA regular season title and reaching the NCAA's Frozen Four. Minnesota avenged a loss to North Dakota in the WCHA semifinals; defeating the Fighting Sioux in the NCAA West Regional final.

2012-13: Isackson skated in all 40 games for Minnesota in his sophomore season. Playing both winger and center during the year, he finished the season on the Gophers' second line with center Nick Bjugstad and left wing Kyle Rau (both Florida prospects). Isackson scored 4 goals with 16 assists and was +6 with 20 penalty minutes. Minnesota tied St. Cloud State for first in the WCHA but the season came to a disappointing end as the Gophers lost to Colorado College, 2-0, in a WCHA semifinal game and lost in overtime to eventual national champion Yale in an NCAA West Regional semi-final.

 

Talent Analysis

Isackson is a skilled playmaker who possesses good size at 6’2. To become a more effective offensive player he needs to work on his skating and put on more muscle. He has the potential to become a depth scoring option in the NHL.

Future

Isackson will enter his junior season as one of Minnesota’s top players after serving in a complimentary role over the past two seasons. If Isackson breaks out, he will have a chance to forego his senior season and turn pro like teammates Nick Bjugstad (FLA) and Erik Haula (MIN).

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