Prospect Report 7/3/12: Blue and White Scrimmage

The Islanders held there annual prospect scrimmage last week and a few players stood out from the group during the game. The “orange” team was able to come out with the 3-0 win in what was a defensive dominated game.

Scott Mayfield was the prospect that stood out the most during the game. He played well with the puck and physical without it.

He will head back to the University of Denver this fall but at the end of their season it wouldn’t be surprising to see him sign his entry level contract. He would be a welcome addition to the Bridgeport line-up near the end of the season for a playoff run.

Ryan Strome’s team was shut out during the game but he was still able to show some of the skills that made him a top 5 pick last season. Strome still looks like he could use some more time in junior’s so it wouldn’t be surprising to see him sent back there this fall.

Brandon Kichton also stood out as a great late round find for Garth Snow. He has already played 4 seasons in junior’s and according to Arthur Staple of Newsday the team will look to sign him this summer and have him start his pro career this fall in Bridgeport.

Kichton is on the smaller size of defenseman (5’ 11”) but plays a similar style to Andrew McDonald.

The one prospect that was missing from camp this summer was that of Andres Lee (Photo Credit: Marcus Snowden)from the University of Notre Dame. Since he is still playing for the NCAA he would have had to pay his own way to camp which is difficult for most college students. (Photo Credit: Marcus Snowden)

Art Staple of Newsday reported that the reason he missed camp was due to his participation in a summer class at the college. This is a good sign that he is taking as many classes as possible in a short time so that he can join the Islanders sooner.

The scrimmage was a good show by the Islanders’ prospect and good chance for the fans to see how some of them are progressing. After watching the game you can see that the Islanders have a bright future ahead of them.

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