Prospect Report 3/7/12: UPDATED Defensive Edition

This edition of the prospect report brings me to take a second look at two of the Islanders best defensive prospects currently not in the Islanders system. Scott Mayfield and Andrei Pedan are both still involved in their college and junior seasons, and both are still doing well. To read my original report on these two click here.

(Photo Credit/Twitter.com @scottmayfield2)Scott Mayfield just recently finished the regular season for Denver University and is currently preparing for the first round of the conference playoffs. He finished the regular season playing in 35 games and scoring 3 goals to go with 8 assists. He also was able to maintain his +4 rating that he had the last time we heard from him. I was recently able to watch him play on the CBS college sports network and I was impressed. He wasn’t overly flashy but was a solid reliable defenseman, which is something the Islanders desperately need. (Photo Cerdit/Twitter.com @scottmayfield2)

I still think Mayfield is a few years away from playing with the Islanders. I expect him to return to Denver next season to play and maybe come to Bridgeport once the college season ends. He still needs at least one full season of college hockey and at least half a season in the AHL before he will be NHL ready. Most fans should realize that good defenseman take time to develop so this is expected for the young man and should not be looked at as a negative.

Pedan is finishing up his season currently with the Guelph Storm in the OHL and helping them make a push for the playoffs. He has currently played in 54 games while scoring 9 goals and adding 24 assists for a total of 33 points. His +/- rating didn’t improve from the last time we heard from him (currently at a -9) but for most players that can be a misleading stat. The one stat that truly jumps out at me is that he is currently leading his team with 135 penalty minutes. Now I haven’t had a chance to see Pedan play yet so I don’t want to cast too many judgments on the one stat but I am sure most fans would like to see that number decrease before he makes it to the NHL. On the other hand this could be a sign that he is very physical and just needs to learn how to be play within the rules.

Pedan, like Mayfield, is still a season or two away from joining the Islanders as he is still young and learning the game of hockey. Where they differ is that I wouldn’t be surprised to see Pedan making a serious push to play on Bridgeport next season. He would need to finish out this current season strong and have a good summer of work outs to make it happen but it shouldn't be ruled out.

Both of these defensemen are solid prospects that with the right coaching could both become cornerstones on the Islanders back end for years to come.

As always thanks for reading and feel free to comment below. Go Islanders!

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