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As the New York Islanders see out the 2017-18 season, some of the club’s top prospects are impressing in their respective post-season series.

Firstly, the New York Islanders will play host to the Philadelphia Flyers tonight at 7 p.m., and Doug Weight made some adjustments to the Isles lineup.

Additionally, the Isles returned Chris Gibson back to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, ending his eight-game stay in the NHL. Gibson went 2-3-2 with a .908 save percentage and a 3.65 GAA.

Fritz Proves His Worth

Tanner Fritz may be one of a handful of rookie Islanders on the current roster, but he’s hoping to prove his worth and earn a permanent roster spot for next season.

Fritz’s comfort level has grown with each passing game he played in the NHL, and has plenty of optimism per Andrew Gross of Newsday:

“I think I’ve had some opportunities to go up and down the lineup,” Fritz said. “My first 10 games, I was a little slow, a little hesitant, just kind of nervous. I feel like the last 15 games, I kind of have proven I can play up and down. I don’t think I’m going to be a guy that plays top minutes.”

Fritz’s adjustment is reflected in his coach’s confidence in him. In his first 18 games in the NHL, Fritz was given a little over 11 minutes of average ice-time, in which he scored two goals to go with a -8 rating.

In his last 15 games since, his ice-time was bumped up to about 14 minutes, with two goals and six points with a +5 rating.

Quenneville to Bridgeport?

It appears that David Quenneville will be AHL-bound to help the Sound Tigers wrap up their remaining games of the season. Quenneville posted a goal and eight points in six playoff games for the Medicine Hat Tigers, who dropped game 6 of their first-round series to the Brandon Wheat Kings, 4-3 in overtime and couldn’t hold on to a 2-0 series lead in the WHL playoffs.

In 70 regular season games, Quenneville has 26 goals and 80 points.

Kiefer Bellows and the Portland Winterhawks suffered a 5-2 loss to the Spokane Chiefs on Monday night, evening their series and forcing game 7 which is tonight at 10 p.m. EST for those interested after the Isles loss tonight.

Lastly, Ilya Sorokin and CSKA Moscow find themselves down 2-1 in their Western Conference Final series agianst the favored champions. Former Isles prospect Kirill Petrov netted a goal in the 5-2 loss and Sorokin rocked a humbling .810 save percentage. Still, the hgihly-regarded netminder has an overall save percentage of .940 with a 1.34 GAA in the post-season alone.

Barzal headed to IIHF

While the Isles are stuck playing meaningless hockey for the next couple of days, Mathew Barzal’s preparation for the IIHF World Championships is only beginning.

The soon-to-be Calder Trophy winner is wrapping up his first full NHL season of action as the Islanders have just three games remaining including tonight’s contest.

Grew up a diehard Islanders and Mets fan based out of Northern New Jersey. Concluding my Broadcast Communications degree at William Paterson University. WP Sportsdesk member, Stan Fischler correspondent, music buff and total Star Wars freak. Follow my social media handles to learn more. Matt Di Giacomo is a Staff Writer for the Islanders on Elite Sports NY. He encourages team discussion. Tweet him @mdigiacESNY and check out his reviews on YouTube.