Thursday Islanders Prospect Report

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Thursday was a very quiet night for the New York Islanders prospects with only two seeing any action and one other seeing disciplinary action.

Dal Colle

Michael Dal Colle (2014 first rd.) and his Oshawa Generals were in Barrie to face the Colts looking to extend their six game winning streak.

And extend that streak they did with a pretty easy 5-1 win for their seventh straight victory. Dal Colle had a secondary assist on the Generals first goal but not much else. Dal Colle’s assist on Matt Mistele’s power play goal at 12:44 of the first period got the Generals going as they scored the game’s first three goals before Barrie would score but by then the game was already decided.

Dal Colle’s assist extends his latest scoring streak to five games (3-3-6) as he improves to 29-38-67 which is 11th among all OHL scorers. The Generals are starting to pull away in the race for the best record in the OHL as the win tonight improves them to 38-7-1-1, 78 points which is six points better than the second place team, the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.

Crus-Rydberg

Victor Crus Rydberg (2013 fifth rd.) and his Plymouth Whalers dropped their third straight game to the Saginaw Spirit who the Whalers need to catch if they hope to make the playoffs. After dropping a 4-2 decision, Rydberg and his Whalers are thirteen points behind looking closer towards being eliminated from playoff contention then having any shot at earning a playoff spot.

Crus Rydberg was scoreless and a -2 but more importantly is playing his way out of any realistic chance at an Islander contract. Crus Rydberg is 3-2-5 in nine games this month and this is the time he needs to be elevating his game. The rule of thumb with prospects is to ask if the prospect has shown any forward progress from the day he was drafted?

In the case of Crus Rydberg – even taking into account his injury from earlier this season – the answer is no, he has not shown forward progress to earn an NHL contract. The Islanders might want to give him a second chance by signing him to a AHL contract but it is not something he has earned yet in the opinion of this writer.

Ho-Sang

Wednesday night Josh Ho-Sang (2014 first rd.) and his Niagara IceDogs continued their own hot play as of late extending their unbeaten streak to eleven games (9-0-2) after a 7-4 win on the road over the Owen Sound Attack. Ho-Sang had a secondary assist on the IceDogs sixth goal of the game to extend his own scoring streak to a season high ten games (3-10-13) as he improves to 12-44-56 (good for 17th among OHL scorers).

Ho-Sang and his team reached the .500 mark at 21-21-2-2, 46 points which is not bad considering that they started the season with just two wins in their first fifteen games.

Russo Suspended

Hockey East handed Notre Dame senior defenseman Robbie Russo (2011 fourth rd.) a two-game suspension for a slashing penalty he was called for late in last Saturday’s loss to Northeastern. No excuse for Russo here as this hurts the Fighting Irish as they host New Hampshire this weekend. Russo leads the Fighting Irish in scoring with an 11-14-25 mark.

Notre Dame has enough trouble scoring that they could ill afford losing their top defenseman in a crucial series. Russo also for some reason becomes the third Islander defensive prospect to earn a suspension in the last two weeks. Doyle Somerby (2012 fifth rd.) of Boston University had a one game suspension while Kyle Burroughs (2013 seventh) of the Medicine Hat Tigers is currently serving a four game suspension.

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