With the big club not yet firing on all cylinders, we take a look at which prospects in the New York Islanders system are flourishing.
New York Islanders prospects are slowly but surely turning into pros. This is evident with Mathew Barzal and Anthony Beauvillier on the Isles roster, and Joshua Ho-Sang, Ilya Sorokin, and Keifer Bellows waiting in the wings.
David Quenneville, D, Medicine Hat Tigers WHL:
Quenneville has continued his strong start to the season by recording two goals in three games, bringing his point total to 10 (6G, 4A) in 11 games.
Quenneville saw action in one preseason game, skating against the Rangers on Sept. 27 at Madison Square Garden, recording three shots on goal, four penalty minutes and a hit in 16:28 of ice time.
In April, Quenneville was named “Top Defenseman” at the U-18 World Junior Championships in Grand Forks, ND while playing on Team Canada’s blueline. He also led all tournament defenseman with five goals.
Mitchell Vande Sompel, D, Oshawa Generals OHL:
Mitchell Vande Sompel has surpassed the point-per-game rate through his first 10 games of the season for the Oshawa Generals in the Ontario Hockey League. The defenseman has recorded 11 points (5G, 6A), as the Generals sit second in their division.
Vande Sompel tallied three points in the two wins this weekend for Oshawa. The London, Ontario native had two points (1G, 1A) in a 6-2 win against the Sarnia Sting on Friday night, his third multi-point game of the season. Vande Sompel, who serves as an alternate captain for the Generals, also recorded in assist in a 5-4 overtime win against the Guelph Storm on Sunday.
The Islanders’ 2015 third-round pick (82nd overall) is in the midst of his fourth season with the Oshawa Generals. Vande Sompel currently ranks fifth in points among defensemen in the OHL.
During his time at Islanders training camp, Vande Sompel appeared in one game, Sept. 26 vs. PHI, and recorded a team-high seven shots on goal. He was returned to the Generals on Sept. 28, three games into Oshawa’s season.
On Oct. 12, Vande Sompel signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Islanders.
Parker Wotherspoon, D, Tri-City Americans WHL:
Of all of the impressive d-men in the CHL for the Islanders, Wotherspoon has been the cream of the crop.
Wotherspoon posted a five-point outing on Oct. 8 to help boost Tri-City over the Lethbridge Hurricanes 6-5 on his way to being named the game’s No. 1 Star.
He has recorded 14 points (4G, 10A) in 11 games to start the campaign.
At training camp, Wotherspoon saw game action in New York’s 3-0 shutout win over the Flyers on Sept. 28 where he assisted on Josh Ho-Sang’s third-period goal. Wotherspoon also recorded two blocked shots in the game.
Wotherspoon made his professional debut last season with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers last year and became the youngest player to ever make his pro debut with Bridgeport.
Kieffer Bellows, F, Boston University (Hockey East), Freshman:
The Islanders 2016 first round pick has had a ho-hum start to the 2016-17 season, recording a goal and an assist in only five games.
Last season, Bellows led the U.S. National Under-18 team with 50 goals and won the bronze medal with Team USA at the U18 World Junior Championships in April.
Jake Bischkoff, D, University of Minnesota (BIG 10), Senior:
Jake Bischoff, 22, is in his senior season at the University of Minnesota where he was named an alternate captain for the second straight year. Bischoff has posted three points (2G, 1A) through the Golden Gophers first two games.
The Gophers are the No. 7 ranked team in the country and currently sit at 2-0-0. They are the highest ranked team in their conference.
Taylor Cammarata, F, University of Minnesota (BIG 10), Senior:
Taylor Cammarata, 21, joins Bischoff as one of the seniors on the No. 7 ranked Gophers. Cammarata has recorded two assists in Minnesota’s first two games.
Through two games, the Gophers have outscored their opponents a whopping 12-3. Minnesota jumped up four spots this week from No. 12 and currently boast the best record (2-0-0) in the Big Ten.
Nick Pastujov, F, University of Michigan (BIG 10), Freshman:
Nick Pastujov, 18, is in his freshman year at the University of Michigan. Pastujov has played in all three of Michigan’s games this season but has not registered a point, though he picked up an exhibition goal in a win over Windsor on Oct. 2.
The Wolverines are 2-1-0 this season after a series split with Union and a win over Ferris State on Saturday. U of M is currently the 11th ranked team in the country.
Doyle Somerby, D, Boston University (Hockey East), Senior:
Doyle Somerby, 22, has one point through three games with the No. 8 ranked Boston University Terriers. Somerby is coming off his best collegiate season where he recorded 13 points (5G, 8A), third best among Terrier blueliners.
The Marblehead, MA native was named BU’s team captain back in April.
Anatoli Golyshev, F, Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg
Anatoli Golyshev, 21, ranks second on the team in nine points (3G, 6A) through 21 games with Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg of the Kontinental Hockey League. Golyshev has racked up 77 points (39g, 38a) during his four seasons in the KHL.
Last season, the Perm, Russia native set career-highs in goals (25), assists (19) and points (44) on his way to being named to the 2016 KHL All-Star Team.
Ilya Sorokin, G, CSKA
Perhaps the Islanders top prospect, Sorokin, 21, won the “KHL best goaltender award” last season and hasn’t missed a beat this year.
He ranks within the top five in every major goalie category, with an 11-3-3 record, helping CSKA to the second best record in the KHL.
Sorokin ranks third in SV% (.941), second in GAA (1.24), and fifth in shutouts (3).
European Leagues (3)
Petter Hansson, D, Linkoping (SHL):
Petter Hansson, 20, has recorded one assist in seven games with Linkoping of the Swedish Hockey League. Hansson, a Gislaved, Swe. native is in his third season in the SHL.
Otto Koivula, F, Ilves (Liiga, Finland)
Otto Koivula, 18, has scored seven points (4G, 3A) in 11 games with Ilves of Liiga Finnish League. This is Koivula’s second season in the Liiga.
In 2015-16, Koivula ranked third on Ilves Under-20 team in points (58) and second in goals (26), in 49 games in the Finnish Junior League (SM-Liiga). He collected 12 points (5G, 7A) in seven post-season games, en route to winning the league championship. The Nokia, Finland native was named “Playoffs Best Player.”
Linus Soderstrom, G, HV71
Linus Soderstrom, 20, has appeared in two games and posted a 1-1-0 record this season for HV71 of the Swedish Hockey League. The Stockholm, Swe. native has a 3.06 GAA with a .872 save percentage.
In January, Soderstrom represented Team Sweden at the 2016 U20 World Junior Championships in Finland where he took home the “Top Goaltender” award.
Collin Adams, F, Muskegon Lumberjacks:
Collin Adams steady point production for the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the United States Hockey League has not faltered through the first month of play. Through the first nine games of the season, Adams sits in third place among USHL point leaders with 11 points (6G, 5A). The left winger has recorded points in all but three of the Lumberjacks games this season.
Adams recorded the game-winning goal and an assist in a 5-0 win against the Bloomington Thunder on Friday. The Brighton, Michigan native continued to propel the Lumberjacks offense in a 4-3 shootout win on Saturday against the Waterloo Black Hawks with a third-period goal as well as the only goal scored in the shootout by either team.
The Islanders’ 2016 sixth-round pick (170th overall) is in his second season for the Lumberjacks. His 61 points last season, including 27 goals, ranked second on the team.
Adams received USHL Forward of the Week honors (10/10/16). He is committed to play college hockey at the University of North Dakota.
Andong Song, D, Phillips Andover High School:
Andong Song, 19, has appeared in five games with the Madison Capitals of the USHL. This is Song’s first season in the USHL.