Prospect Report 8/5/12: Islanders Prospects in Russian/Canadian Junior Series
The Canada-Russia Challenge series is about to start later this week and four Islanders prospects will participate in the games.
The 4 game series will start in Yaroslavl, Russia for two games on the 9th and the 10th. The final two games of the series will take place in Halifax, Nova Scotia on the 13th and the 14th.
Playing for team Canada at forward will be Islanders top prospect Ryan Strome. The 5th overall selection from the 2011 draft will look to continue working on his game before the Islanders training camp this fall. (Photo Credit: Flickr/Mandelux12)
Strome has a good chance of making the Islanders out of training camp so this will be a good final test for him before camp starts. The 6’-0” forward is known for his scoring ability and he will be relied upon during the series.
Also playing for team Canada is defenseman Griffin Reinhart, the most recent first round draft pick of the Islanders. Reinhart recently signed his entry level contract and is also looking for a final tune up before Islanders camp as he too could push for a spot on the team.
The 6 foot 4 inch stay at home defenseman will be a backbone for the team Canada defense as it looks to shut down the Russian offensive attack.
One more Islanders defensive prospect that is also suiting up for team Canada is Adam Pelech, who was selected in the 3rd round (65th overall) this past spring. Pelech is still a few years away from joining the Islanders but this could be a good stage for him to show off some of his talent.
Known for being a scrappy player that does everything needed to win, he will no doubt be a valuable member for team Canada.
The lone Islanders prospect suiting up for team Russia is that of Andrei Pedan. A 3rd round pick of the Islanders in 2011 (63rd overall), Pedan is developing into a solid prospect. This too will be a great stage for Pedan to show off his skills and work on further developing his game. (Photo Credit: GuelphStrom.com)
Pedan had a stellar season last year with Guelph and is looking to continue his good play and help lead team Russia to victory.
This four game series will be exciting as some of the top prospects from each country battle it out for bragging rights. The Islanders prospect will look to shine and help their respective countries take home victory.
Be sure to check back after the games to get a full recap on how the Islanders' prospects faired.