New York Islanders Prospect Report

By Drew Bennett

Brian Collins (Center, 20)- The Boston University sophomore is having a good
year for the Terriers, in which he has 7 goals, 15 points, and 14 penalty
minutes. The 6’1, 190 pound center has had 5 of his 7 goals on the power

Rick DiPietro
(Goaltender, 19)- The first overall pick in the 2000 draft
recently mad his NHL debut in a 2-1 loss on January 27th to the Buffalo
Sabers. He notched an assist on a Dave Scatchard goal, and showed solid play
during the game. General Manager Mike Milbury said that DiPietro will spend
the rest of the season with the big club. He represented Team USA in the
World Junior Championships and in six games, DiPietro went 5-1 with a 1.33
goals against average and a .927 save percentage.

Justin Mapletoft
(Center, 20)- Mapletoft is having a outstanding year with
the Red Deer Rebels in the WHL. In 47 games, Mapletoft has had 24 goals, 77
points, and 81 penalty minutes. Throughout the season, Mapletoft has been in
the top ten in WHL scoring.

Kristofer Ottosson
(Right Wing, 24)- This year Ottosson is playing with
Djurgardens in the Swedish Elite League. This year Ottosson, in 37 games,
has 16 goals and 36 points, with12 penalty minutes.

Raffi Torres
(Left Wing, 19)- The 5th overall selection in the 2000 draft,
Torres has been lighting up the lamp with Brampton Battalion in the OHL. In
37 games, Torres has 22 goals, 23 assists, for a total of 45 points. After
almost making the pro club out of training camp, Torres is a great candidate
for the big club next year.

Branislav Mezei
(Defenseman, 20)- The 3rd of the 4 first round pick of the
Islanders in 1999, Mezei played 18 games with the Islanders until he suffered
a separated shoulder. During the 18 games, he had an assist and played solid
defense. The 6-5, 220 pound Mezei has a lot of potential and will improve his
playing as time progresses.

Trent Hunter
(Center, 20)- Hunter, who was aquired for Jorgen Jonsson last
season, has struggled in the AHL and has only notched 11 points in 21 games
with the Springfield Falcons.

Anders Myrvold
(Defenseman, 25)- Myrvold played some time with the Islanders
this season in hope to bring scoring to the Islanders. In his unsuccessful
attempt to help the Islanders in that task, he was sent back down to the
minors, and might see time back with the Islanders later in the season.

More reports will be written later with prospects such as Stephen Valiquette,
Mattias Weinhandl, and more!