Islanders Prospects at the World Junior Hockey Championships
The New York Islanders have seven, yes count them, seven players all playing for their respective countries at the World Junior Hockey Championships that have kicked off today, December 26th, 2009.
Travis Hamonic – Defenseman
Drafted in the 2nd round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, this 6′2″, 215 lbs blue liner brings a very gifted shot and scoring touch to the ice.
Currently playing for the Moose Jaw Warriors in the WHL, and has registered 104 points in 171 games at that level. He is a gritty player, who has quite the edge to his game as well as he has registered 305 penalties in minutes in his four years in the WHL.
A Shea Weber type in the making.
Calvin de Haan – Defenseman
de Haan was selected by the New York Islanders in the 1st round, #12 overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. GM Garth Snow moved up in the draft in order to make sure de Haan was an Islander.
Currently playing for the Oshawa Generals in the OHL, de Haan is making strides by being selected to play for Canada, and is developing at a pace where he will prove why GM Garth Snow moved up in the draft. It also helped when a man by the name of Tavares gave some information to pass along to the Islanders GM on draft day.
Kirill Petrov – Right Wing
The only forward playing in the World Junior Hockey Championships for the Islanders.
Petrov was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
He is currently playing in the KHL in Russia. There is still a lot to be seen from Petrov’s game, and then the questions of if he is willing to make the North American jump.
Time will tell on Petrov.
Anton Klementyev – Defenseman
The average sized (6′1″, 198lbs) d-man was drafted by the Islanders in the 5th round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
He has played in 11 games with the AHL affiliate Bridgeport Sound Tigers this season. He will be another player to keep an eye on during the WJC’s for the Islanders future.
United States of America:
Matt Donovan – Defenseman
Donovan was drafted by the Islanders in the 4th round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
Currently playing in the NCAA for the University of Denver, this 6′1 190lbs blue liner has an offensive side to his game and could develop to be the type of skater the Islanders could use in power play situations.
There will be no rush from Donovan’s camp as this is his first season in college. If development goes as planned, keep an eye on Donovan this year at the WJC’s.
A future player that the Islanders can only hope will turn out as projected.
Anders Nilsson – Goaltender
Nilsson will back up Sweden’s starter Jacob Markstrom. A third round selection by the Islanders in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, a draft where they also selected two other goalies. At 19 years of age, there is plenty of time to develop his game that could lead him to the NHL within two or three years.
Currently playing for Lulea HF in the Swedish Elite League (SEL).
Jyri Niemi - Defenseman
Niemi was drafted by the New York Islanders in the 3rd round #72 overall in the 2008 National Hockey League Entry Draft.
He currently plays for Saskatoon Blades in the WHL. He is an offensive minded defenseman who is listed at 6′3″ tall and 206 pounds.
A solid point producer with a bit of an edge to his game. Just one more bright name for the future of the Islanders blue line.