Last season with the Rimouski Oceanic of the Quebec League, the 19-year old right wing posted 53 goals and 106 points in just 47 games. Kolnik also notched 15 goals and 37 points for the Quebec League Champions in 18 postseason games.
His two year junior totals produced 95 goals in 109 career games. His linemate Brad Richards was signed to a three year deal with Tampa Bay earlier this summer.
Kolnik is likely to spend a year in the Islanders minor league affiliate in Lowell because the Isles have few spots open on the teams depth chart at right wing with Maruisz Czerkwski and Mark Parrish on the first two lines, Dave Scatchard, Bill Muckalt, or Mats Lindgren as right wing on the third line, and Steve Webb as the 4th line right wing. Mike Stapleton and Claude La Pointe will likely be on the teams 4th line with Webb.
As Al Arbour once said about another right wing named Mike Bossy, ” Give me the homerun hitter ”
In Juraj Kolnik the Islanders have got one.
Taylor Pyatt from all indications is ready to join the Islanders and is likely to be the rookie forward who joins the team this year.
Dimitri Nabakov and former Hobey Baker winner Jason Krog, who looked very good after going to Providence after a poor start at Lowell will also get a chance to make the team so its going to be very competitive.
SLOVAK NEWS – AUGUST UPDATE
Training Camp of Dream team
In the end of July, national head coach Jan Filc called a “small” training camp of players considered as nominees for national team on Olympic games 2002 in Sault Lake City. He invited around 50 players playing in the NHL, AHL, IHL and in the European leagues. Only four of invited players apologized their absence – Svehla, Droppa, Vaic and Hlinka. Other players took part on this camp. The climax of this camp was exhibition game “America” versus “Europe”, which was playing in August 4th in Bratislava. It was amazing game for Slovak fans to see Demitra, Satan, Palffy, Stumpel, Bondra, Handzus, Hossa, Bartecko, Chara, Suchy etc. on “American” team and Sekeras, Visnovsky, Ciger, Pardavy, Bartos, etc. on team “Europe”. America won that game 12 : 7 when Satan (3 + 2) and Bondra (2 + 3) on one side and Pardavy (3 + 0) on the other one, were scoring stars. It was a great show for all hockey fans. By the way the best skater in speed competition was Lubo Visnovsky followed by Peter Bartos, Jaro Obsut and Peter Bondra.