Ryan Pilon, the Islanders fifth round pick in the 2015 draft, is leaving the Brandon Wheat Kings.

The 19-year-old defenseman is departing the team for "personal reasons" the Western Hockey League club said in a statement released on Friday afternoon. Pilon had been with the Wheat Kings since the 2013-14 season, when he was traded from the Lethbridge Hurricanes early in the year.

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Ryan Pulock and Griffin Reinhart were expected to battle for a roster spot when training camp opened in September. When Reinhart was traded to Edmonton during the NHL draft it eliminated some of the competition for Pulock, but that doesn't mean he has a guaranteed spot on the Isles' roster.

"There's still that competition there," Pulock said after the first day of minicamp. "It doesn't give me a free spot. I'm still fighting every inch for a spot, so things really haven't changed that way. But I guess it's one less prospect fighting for that one spot."

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Michael Dal Colle and Mathew Barzal seemed as comfortable as ever with one another as they left the ice after the first day of Islanders minicamp. Dal Colle smirked as he fielded questions at his stall and chirped Barzal -- who was drafted 16th overall in the recent NHL Draft -- under his breath as the inquisitive media horde began to scatter.

The first day of camp saw Dal Colle and Barzal skate on the same line, with Sebastian Collberg rounding out the unit. Both Dal Colle and Barzal are expected to be impact players with the Islanders, but the two began the week-long camp at much different points in their hockey careers.

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Islanders' general manager Garth Snow had himself another good year at the draft. New York did not have any picks in the first round, but by the of end of Friday night the Islanders had made two first round selections.

On day two, the Islanders came away with five defenseman to replenish the team's blue line prospects. They even managed to make a bit of history with the selection of Andong Song, the first Chinese born player to be drafted by an NHL team.

The 2015 draft for the Islanders was one in which they could pick the best players available and not for need. They already have a strong group of prospects in the system and now they have the building blocks to make the team very good for many years to come.

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Islanders prospect Johan Sundstrom has signed with?Frolunda of the Swedish Hockey League (The Score, June 12).

Sundstrom was drafted 50th overall in the 2011 draft by the Islanders. He has spent the previous three seasons playing in the AHL with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. He also appeared in 11 games with the Islanders during the 2013-14 season. In 72 games this year, he recorded seven goals and 12 assists for 19 points. During the 2013-14 season Sundstrom scored eight goals and 10 assists for 18 points in 40 games.

His best statistical year came during his first pro season in North American when he put up 32 points (11 goals, 21 assists) in 59 games.

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The Islanders will not be signing defensive prospect Robbie Russo to a contract, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple. Russo will now become a free agent.

The news comes as a surprise since it would appear the 22-year old defenseman would fit the Islanders defensive system. Russo has developed into a good offensive defenseman, who was a big part of the Fighting Irish's success. During his senior campaign, Russo recorded 41 points (15 goals, 26 assists) in 40 games and was named to the CCM Hockey All-American team. Russo's 41 points were the most by a defenseman in the Hockey East conference. He also led the NCAA conference in goals by a defenseman.

Russo finished the season a plus-13 as well.

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You can add another play to the highlight reel for Joshua Ho-Sang.

The Islanders' prospect made an impressive spin-o-rama, no-look pass to set up ?a goal in Monday's 6-2 win for the Niagara Ice Dogs. The play occurred in the second period of game three of an OHL playoff series between the Ice Dogs and Ottawa 67's. Ho-Sang did a 360-degree spin and then made the no-look pass to to Dan Maletta, who scored the goal.

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The Rangers sent through the following prospect report yesterday:


Anthony Duclair, LW ? The 19-year-old forward is the only Junior-eligible player remaining in Rangers Training Camp. In his preseason debut on Friday night against Chicago, Duclair registered two points (one goal, one assist), including the game-winning goal, and tied for the team lead with five shots on goal. Through New York?s first two preseason games, he is tied for the team lead in goals (one), ranks second in points (points), and is tied for second in assists (one).

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9/22/14 | 2:02PM: The Rangers have sent through a prospect report focusing on Pavel Buchnevich, Ryan Haggerty and others:



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Corey Pronman says that while the Rangers may not have a "strong" system of prospects, they do have a lot of young players who could step in and play if an injury occurs. (ESPN Insider) The forwards that he lists for that job are Danny Kristo, Kevin Hayes, Oscar Linbderg, Jesper Fast and Ryan Haggerty.

The defensemen he lists are Dylan McIlrath and Conor Allen.

He says that they could all find themselves with spots during the season, but likely in depth roles.? (ESPN Insider)

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The Islander prospects took part in the annual Blue & White Scrimmage Thursday night at Nassau Coliseum.

Overall it was a success for everyone one involved. The players enjoyed the chance to play a competitive game, the fans got to see hockey in july and the Islanders were able to get 4,000 fans to come to Nassau Coliseum in the middle of summer.

As for evaluating talent during Thursday night's scrimmage -- or for that matter during the course of the week long mini camp -- it is always a challenge. These camps are for the coaches to learn a little bit about the players and instill in them a little bit of what NHL life is like. For the players it's the same thing. They are getting to know the organization and learning what it takes to be a pro athlete.

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Griffin Reinhart isn't looking to start the 2014-15 season in scenic Connecticut. The 20-year-old defenseman wants to be in the NHL on October 10th when the Islanders open their season in Carolina against the Hurricanes.

The fourth overall pick in the 2012 draft spent last season in the WHL with the Edmonton Oil Kings, where he?won the memorial cup and was named MVP of the WHL Championships. Now Reinhart's goal is to make it in the professional ranks.

It is widely believed that Reinhart will make the Islanders roster on opening night and a trip to Bridgeport would not be how he wants to begin the year.

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Michael Dal Colle took his first spin on Nassau Coliseum ice Tuesday as a member of the New York Islanders.

Though the fifth overall pick may never play an NHL contest in Uniondale, it was the first look at what will be in the Isles future. The talented prospect took part in the second on-ice skate during Tuesday's camp and?admitted he was a little nervous coming into his first session with his new team.

"I was definitely pretty anxious coming in," he said. "Now that I got it out of the way it's kind of a load off my shoulders for sure. But it was good."

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The Islanders kick off their annual team mini camp on Tuesday at Nassau Coliseum. The week long camp will feature 48 Islander prospects and camp invitees. Here are five player to keep an eye on this week.

Michael Dal Colle:?The 2014 fifth overall draft pick will take his first spin on the Coliseum ice in an Islander uniform. Dal Colle was the consensus choice for the Isles to take at five. He is still at least a year away from making the jump to the NHL, but Dal Colle will be a big part of the Islanders offense in the future. During his 2013-14 OHL season with the Oshawa generals he scored 39 goals and 56 points in 67 games. His big size and stickhandling ability make him a threat in the offensive zone. It will be interesting to see that on display at mini camp, especially during Thursday night's Blue and White Scrimmage. Dal Colle has been pegged as a potential winger of the future to play alongside John Tavares.


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The Rangers prospect development camp starts on Monday and runs until July 4.

The following players will attend:


  • Center: Nickolas Latta, Vinni Lettieri, Kevin Rooney, Michael St. Croix, Adam Tambellini, Steven Fogarty, Matt Neal, Eric Neiley
  • LW: Anthony Duclair, Chris McCarthy, Bryan Moore, Richard Nejezchleb
  • RW: Pavel Buchnevich, Kevin Duane, Ryan Haggerty, Keegan Iverson, Michael Kantor, Logan Nelson, Josh Nicholls.
Defense: Calle Andersson, Justin Baker, Travis Brown, Mat Bodie, Luke Curadi, Troy Donnay, Spiro Goulakis, Ryan Mantha, Vojtech Mozik, Tyler Nanne, Sam Noreau, Brady Skjei, Daniel Walcott, Petr Zamorksy

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Saginaw Spirit defender Jesse Graham agreed to a three-year entry level deal with the Islanders today, the deadline for the team to sign non-college players from the 2012 draft. Graham's signing means the Islanders have now signed all of their 2012 picks save for two. If you recall, that 2012 draft was the one where the Islanders selected entirely defenders. The two remaining are Doyle Somerby and Jake Bischoff, who are taking the longer-term Anders Lee route, as they are in college and don't need to be signed until they leave school.Graham split this season in the OHL between Saginaw and Niagara, having been traded by the latter in the fall. Between the two, he scored 54 points in 66 games. He also got a quick trial with the Sound Tigers at the end of the year and put up 4 points in 7 games there.
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The Portland Winterhawks won Game Six in the WHL Finals to force a decisive Game Seven on Monday on their home turf. But, led by Isles prospect Griffin Reinhart, the home ice advantage didn't matter, as the Edmonton Oil Kings triumphed.The Oil Kings won 4-2 on Monday?night to take the series in seven and bring home their second league title in three years, the other coming in 2012.Reinhart was named MVP of the finals with three points in the series. He had 13 points in 21 playoff games including four goals, which outpaced his point totals on the season of 21 points in 45 games and four goals.https://twitter.com/GriffinReinhart/status/466100641622790144
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The Islanders goaltending situation is the most pressing concern for the team this summer and, at the moment, the team does not have a goaltender with an NHL game to his name signed to a contract for next season (although they do have a pair of RFAs).NHL vet Evgeni Nabokov, who turns 39 in July, is unsigned and staring at unrestricted free agency on July 1. Both young goalies with NHL experience, Kevin Poulin and Anders Nilsson, will be restricted free agents this summer and will need new contracts. They will remain NYI property as long as the Islanders make qualifying offers to retain their rights. At the present moment no one is signed but of course there?s still much time.In addition to all that, these three netminders were servicable, and that's being generous, as they combined for the NHL?s worst team save percentage in the 2013-14 season, with a .894 mark. The NHL average save percenatage last year was .914.The situation is now a bit more complicated, as Anders Nilsson has revealed to his home country?s media outlet Expressen.se that he is unwilling to play another year in the AHL with the Sound Tigers. Nilsson has spent the majority of the past three years in the AHL, with some time spent in the NHL as well.The translated version of the article is clear on Nilsson's thoughts:[sny-box]?I have done for three years in the AHL and I do not think it would be good for my development to play a fourth year in the AHL. That's what I've said to them, since we have not started to go into contract negotiations.?...?My hope and my goal is to play in the NHL, but I do not want to play in the AHL. So it will not be the NHL so it will be well anywhere in Europe.?[/sny-box]So there it is, Europe or the NHL for Anders Nilsson next year. You almost have to wonder if Snow knew this, or at least had a feeling. As of February 28 of this year, Nilsson only had 10 NHL games on?his resume. After that point, he played in 13 of the Islanders final 22 games. Nilsson finished the 2013-14 campaign with an .896 save percentage.
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The Islanders have recalled Johan Sundstrom and Scott Mayfield from Bridgeport. Sundstrom has played nine games for the Islanders this year, recording one assist.For Mayfield it will be his first NHL callup. Mayfield, originally a 2nd round pick in 2011, has played 69 games with the Sound Tigers this season. He has 125 PIM, 17 points and is a -2 in those games.
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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- If anyone looks at the Islanders roster as it currently is, one could say it may be a glimpse into the future of sorts.The Islanders have 10 rookies in their lineup, and that includes highly touted prospects Ryan Strome, Anders Lee and Brock Nelson. The final eight games will be an opportunity for them to make an impact and impress the team's brass in hopes of starting in the NHL next season."I think it shows that there's great opportunity in this organization," Strome said on Saturday. "Obviously injuries are tough to come by, but guys are getting an opportunity. I mean those guys played a full year in Bridgeport last year, so obviously very exciting for them and for me it's just trying to show them I'm here to stay."But the present could be more than a tryout for these players, it could very well be a preview of what is to come in the future for the Isles. It's safe to say Strome, Nelson, Lee and Matt Donovan will safely have a place on the team going forward. Nelson is the elder statesman of sorts since he has 65 career NHL games under his belt, which includes one playoff game.He's been excited to have the familiar faces around him in Isles the locker room."Now with all the young guys we have it's kind of fun to have these guys here," Nelson said. "And go through this together. Kind of learn as a group at the same time. I think it's nice having some of the faces that we had in Bridgeport last year up here."Both Strome and Nelson acknowledged that the future of the Isles franchise may be taking shape this season."I think the young guys, myself included, I think we want to try to add to that core group," Strome said. "I think there's a really good core group of players here and great leadership group. A group that's committed to what this team has to offer... Everyday I feel more comfortable and I feel more at home."Nelson added: "We're all here in the same boat. Trying to learn and get better everyday. Kind of make our way into the lineup and play. And help this team be successful."
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Bats/Throws: Right/Right

Height/Weight: 6?2?, 210 lbs

Acquired:?In trade with Blue Jays with Noah Syndergaard, Wuilmer Becerra and John Buck for R.A. Dickey, Mike Nickeas and Josh Thole

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I had Plawecki at #11 last year and he lands there again this year in a better system. This will be a revealing year for Plawecki as he will play against age-appropriate competition for the first time as a professional at age 23 in AA.


#11 ? C Kevin Plawecki?Bats/Throws:?Right/Right

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This spot, #12, and shortstop Gavin Cecchini is the spot where my tiered ranking concept is no longer useful. Cecchini is different enough from the guys behind him on the list RHP Gabriel Ynoa and Michael Fulmer and the guy in front of him, that it just does not make sense to group them all together.


#12 ? SS Gavin Cecchini

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The Islanders announced tonight that they have agreed to a three-year entry-level deal with defender Adam Pelech. Pelech was originally a third round pick in 2012.This year for the Erie Otters of the OHL, Pelech has 9 goals and 54 points in 59 games and is +49. Erie is the second-best team in the OHL this year, behind only Guelph in points.
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These two right-handed starters each have mid-rotation potential and succeeded at A-ball in a season in which they were 20 years old on Opening Day.

Just to be clear, Fulmer's best fastball and best slider are better than Ynoa's. However, Ynoa slips in front of Fulmer because he locates much better. Add these two together - Fulmer's fastball and slide and Ynoa's control and feel for a changeup - and that's a guy who would ?be a top 5 prospect in the system.

#13 ? RHP Gabriel Ynoa

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This post concludes our three-part series on potential middle reliever prospects that spanned the #15 through #21 spots in my Top 41 ranking of Mets prospects (Part one and two). Part three has a bunch of really good fastballs from a trio of pitchers listed at 6'4" and two of these three should be MLB contributors in 2014.

#15 ? Vic Black

Bats/Throws:? Right/Right

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We're fully into the "middle relievers who could be up in 2014" section of this list. It's not sexy, but these guys are potentially useful big league pitchers as soon as a few months from now. That proximity to providing big league value puts them ahead of higher upside players who might never see a day in the big leagues.

18 ? RHP Jeff Walters

Bats/Throws:? Right/Right

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This is a fun pair of toolsy outfielders from the 2013 draft. They?re both raw, athletic types. Either might never hit in advanced-A, or either could figure it out and become an above average MLB contributor. Combined with Brandon Nimmo, these three give the Mets the most upside in centerfield that I can recall in the last 10 years.

#22 CF Champ Stuart


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Both of these pitchers have upsides as guys who can pitch at the back of a big league rotation and both showed me that they could get outs in a-ball. They are both above 6'3" and are solidly built (again, adding to the case that they can be rotation pieces down the road). On the other hand, they have incomplete arsenals at the moment, and their raw statistics could overstate their prospect profile.


#24 RHP Luis Cessa

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Lets look at a cohesive group of young arms in my Top 41, young pitchers with better than average fastballs who have not played full-season ball yet. I tend to be pretty conservative with young pitchers especially those below full-season ball since there are just so many misses.

This trio begins the fun part of the rankings.


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We ease into the top 30 of my Top 41 Mets prospects with a pair of skilled up the middle defenders who made their MLB debuts in 2013, but do not project to hit enough to be everyday guys. Still, there's big league value here.


#29 ? C Juan Centeno

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As a pair, Mazzillia and King make sense. They had nice debuts in Brooklyn and?will start 2014 in a-ball.?Their projections top them out as average big leaguers. They don't strike out too much and walk a bit.


#31 ? 2B LJ Mazzilli

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This is from earlier in the week, but it's still worth a look. It's Jesse Graham, the Isles sixth round pick from 2012, making a huge play for the Saginaw Spirit in the OHL. I'll just let the video do the talking, instead of spoiling it for you beforehand:?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xbi1IQpd2kwThe opposing team throws the puck down ice and it looks to be in the empty net, but Graham is able to swoop in at the last second and grab it off the goal line, literally.As play goes back up the other way, Saginaw is able to beat the Greyhounds while they're changing as?Kristoff Kontos puts the puck in the net. Unfortunately for Saginaw, that only cut the lead to 6-5 as they were down two at the time.Over at Yahoo, Neate Seager provides some details on how Graham is fairing this season in Saginaw:[sny-box]Graham has been an intriguing player over his run in the OHL, as a defenceman who's a relatively stripling at a listed 5-foot-11 and 172 pounds. The Toronto native isn't a purely offence-first D-man even though one might be inclined to view him as such because of his modest stature. His 41 points over 53 games between the Niagara IceDogs, where he began the year as captain, and Saginaw, puts him a mere eighth in the OHL defenceman scoring race. The Toronto native also?unsigned by an Islanders organization?that?used its entire '12 draft on defenders?(three of whom played in this season's world junior), which could make it more challenging to earn a contract. Yet he's always been a very guileful player who stepped into the OHL at age 16 and immediately handled a big role with Niagara, where he and current Boston Bruins defenceman Dougie Hamilton were partners for much of their 2? seasons together.[/sny-box]Graham is currently unsigned by the Islanders, and the team will have until June 1st of this year to figure out what to do with him. The Isles have two other defenders from the 2012 who will come due this year as well in Loic Leduc (3rd round) and Adam Pelech (2nd).
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This year, I'm writing up most of my Top 41 Mets prospects in roughly similar groups. These three arms at the back of the list form a very cohesive trio of strong-armed relievers. There's plenty of fastball here, but control issues and size make these guys relievers.

#37 - RHP Akeel Morris

Bats/Throws:? Right/Right

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It's time I started publishing my Mets Top 41 Prospects for 2014. For the guys outside the top 10, I'm going to publish them in groups of similar value, some of which will be bigger than others. I'll aim for two groups per week day.

I probably could have put any of the Mets' major international signings from last year in the last few spots. However, in general, I wait until after a guy has played his first year in a domestic rookie league to rank a player, or, in the case of Amed Rosario last year, it was clear he would play stateside in the following season. To justify the uncertainty of putting a 16-year-old who has yet to play his first professional game and might still be a year or two away from even playing on US soil, I want to see monster potential.

So our list this year starts with two 19-year-olds who are years away from the big leagues. Their group: Infielders who Can't Legally Drink.

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And we'll finish up our prospect rankings by position, appropriately enough, with the guys who are on the mound at the end of the game, relievers.

This is the diciest of my position lists. Many of these pitchers are still working as starters in the minor leagues. The idea is that they are more likely to be productive Major League relievers than starters.

We started the pitching look with left-handed starters?here?and relievers here. For the position players, we go:?center fielders,?corner outfielders,?third base,?shortstops,??catcher,?first base?and?second base.

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Time to finally put a capper on my Mets prospects by position series with our second-to-last entry: the always in-demand, left-handed reliever group.

There just are not very many guys working out of the bullpens in the Mets system who throw from the left side.

LHP ? Relievers1. Jack Leathersich

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Lets move closer to finishing up our Mets prospect ranking by position, by moving over to right-handed pitchers. We'll finish with the relievers tomorrow.

We started the pitching look with left-handed starters here. For the position players, we go:?center fielders,?corner outfielders,?third base,?shortstops,??catcher,?first base?and?second base.

This series does a few things: it organizes my thoughts before I publish my organizational rankings and lets you into my process. Remember, our key rule is that I'm only listing a player once - at his best position in the Majors.

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The Islanders have agreed to loan prospect Kirill Kabanov to MODO of the Swedish Elite League for the remainder of the 2013-14 season, according to MODO's website.?Kabanov had been playing for the Islanders in the AHL for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, where he has three goals and no assists in 16 games.?It's been a rocky season for Kabanov, who earlier in the year was demoted by the team to Stockton of the ECHL for about a month. That was, possibly, for disciplinary reasons although the reports at the time varied. He was recalled from Stockon in mid-November and has been in and out of the Sound Tigers lineup as a healthy scratch since then. Kabanov has played in only three of the team's last nine games.Kabanov, 21, was originally a third round pick of the Islanders in 2010. His three-year entry level contract is set to expire after the 2014-15 season.MODO had been looking to add players to their team, as they currently face a few injuries and players leaving. They sit in 9th of 12 teams in the SEL standings with 16 games remaining.
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