Prospect Report 5/8/12: Islanders Top Prospects #10-6
With this edition of the prospect report I will continue my count down of the top 15 prospects in the Islanders system from this past season. If haven’t read the first part of the countdown then click here and catch yourself up.
#10 Mikko Koskinen – Goalie, KalPa (Swedish Elite) 6’-6” 202lbs
Mikko is the first and only goaltender to make this list as Kevin Poulin and Andres Nilsson played their season in the AHL. Koskinen spent his season in the Swedish Elite league in order to avoid a three headed goalie monster at Bridgeport. Playing for KalPa this season, Mikko appeared in 25 games posting a GAA of 2.30 and a save percentage of .916. Koskinen also played in 6 games during the opening round of the playoffs in which KalPa was eliminated. (Photo Credit: Flickr/Utah Grizzblog)
Most Islanders fans have seen Koskinen play as he has appeared in Islanders games in the past. He is still the very large goalie as fans remember. As I stated earlier this season, the biggest road block for Koskinen right now is that the Islanders simply have too many goalies and not enough spots. Coming up next season I expect the Islanders to go with Nabokov, DiPietro, and Poulin. This would leave just Nilsson in Bridgeport and a spot open for Koskinen. A full season in Bridgeport would do the young man good as he needs to work on his angles in the smaller North American ice rink but he has the potential to be very good for the Islanders in the future.
#9 Johan Sundstrom – Forward, Vastra Frolunda HC (Swedish Elite) 6’-2” 192lbs
Johan is another Islander’s prospect that can be found in the Swedish Elite League. He is currently playing for Vastra Frolunda HC and appeared in 49 games this season scoring 11 points (6 goals, 5 assists). Sundstrom did shine while playing in the world junior’s tournament this past winter. He played in 6 games and scored 5 points (1 goal, 4 assists) in helping his country take home the gold medal. (Photo Credit Flickr/BridgetDS)
He was playing on a team this past season with a lot of veteran players so his playing time wasn’t what it should be for a young developing hockey players but he still was able to score some points in a difficult league. We did however see what this kid could be in the few games he played at the world junior games against kids his age and what he can do with more playing time. It is unsure what is in store for Sundstrom next season but I am sure like a lot of prospects that will depend upon what happens at rookie and training camps this summer.
#8 Kirill Petrov – Forward, Kazan AK-Bars (KHL) 6’-3” 198lbs
Kirill should have been a little higher on this list but a recent report of him signing an extension to stay in the KHL next season has dropped him a few spots. Kirill had a very good season this past year in the KHL scoring 29 points in 52 games (16 goals, 13 assists), a personal best on all numbers. (Photo Credit/Pucking Patty B)
This was his best season so far in the KHL and most Islanders fan including myself saw Petrov joining the Islanders AHL affiliate next season until the news broke of his extension. I have seen conflicting reports on the length on the extension but it shouldn’t be more than a season or two. It was reported that the major reason for him staying was to be closer to his mother who is very ill. Since the extension, us Islanders fan will just have to wait another season before we can see Petrov state side.
# 7 Scott Mayfield – Defenseman, University of Denver (NCAA) 6’-4” 200lbs
Mayfield finished his first season of college hockey this past season playing for the University of Denver. Scott appeared in 42 games and scored 12 points (3 goals, 9 assists) and had a +/- rating of +5. This was a successfully season for the young man taken in the 2nd round last summer. (Photo Cerdit/Twitter.com @scottmayfield2)
Mayfield is a big defenseman that can be a future staple of the Islanders back line for years to come. I do however see Mayfield returning to Denver for his sophomore season next fall. Defenseman usually take longer to develop then that of forwards so it shouldn’t be alarming to think that he will spend next season in college. Once the college season ends next spring it may be possible that Mayfield could join Bridgeport to finish out the season but it is still too early to tell at this point.
#6 Brenden Kichton – Defenseman, Spokane Chiefs (WHL) 6’-0” 190lbs
Brenden finished his 4th season in the WHL this year and led his team in scoring. Playing in 71 games this season, Kichton was able to score 74 points (17 goals, 57 assists). He was also able to finish with a +/- rating of +24. His season came to an early end when he broke his jaw after being hit by a puck in Spokane’s first playoff game. (Photo Credit/www.SpokaneChiefs.com)
Kichton isn’t overly big which could be a problem in the NHL but his strong skating and good offensive game can make him a great power play quarterback. I believe that after 4 seasons, Brenden’s time is done in the WHL. Hopefully he should be able to start the season in Bridgeport next fall. This will allow him to adjust to the speed of the professional game and get ready to make a jump to the Islanders in the near future. With Mark Streit getting older on the Islanders it is important to have a replacement for him in a few years. Kichton could be that replacement when the time is right.
That will do it for this section of the Prospect Report’s Top Islander’s Prospect countdown. Keep checking The Checking Line Islanders Edition to stay up to date with all things Islanders.
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