Prospect Report 3/28/12: UPDATED Defensive Edition #2
On this edition of the prospect report, I will update you Islanders fans on the seasons of two Islanders defensive prospects. Robbie Russo and Brenden Kichton have both finished their seasons so let’s take a look at how they finished up. To read my original report on these two click here.
Robbie Russo finished his freshman season at the University Of Norte Dame recently when his team was eliminated from the CCHA conference playoffs. Russo finished the season playing in all of Norte Dame’s 40 games and scoring 4 goals to go with 11 assist. He also finished with a +/- of -6 and only 7 penalty minutes.
This was Russo’s freshman season so it would be a big surprise to see him leave school and join the Islanders next season. He will get continued good coaching and good competition to play against in college that will help his development. Next year depending upon the season he has and how he develops will decide what the future hold for him.
Brenden Kichton’s season also ended recently but it isn’t because his team was eliminated from the playoffs. Kichton’s Spokane Chiefs are still alive in the WHL playoffs but in the 2nd game of their opening round series he was hit in the face with a puck that broke his jaw. This ended Kichton’s season as he will need to have his jaw wired shut for close to 6 weeks. This put a damper on Kichton’s great season he was having, he lead his team in scoring with 81 points (23 goals and 58 assist) in 64 games. He was also recently named the WHL western conference defenseman of the year, which puts him as a finalist for the WHL defenseman of the year. (Photo Credit/www.SpokaneChiefs.com)
This was Kichton’s 4th season in the WHL and it seems he has shown about all he can at that level. He is still fairly young at 19 years old but he looks ready to give the AHL a shot next season. I am not sure what this injury will do to his chances of making Bridgeport next season but that will be decided this summer. Kichton is also still eligible to return to Spokane next year but I think he is ready to make the next step if the Islanders want him to.
Both of these defensemen have had good season and are both making progress towards playing for the Islanders in the future. It will be interesting to see what type of season both of these guys have next year.
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