Kukla's Korner Hockey
by William Morrison on 08/15/11 at 11:11 PM ET
Anders Lee-Notre Dame-Sophomore, Center, 6’3”, 218. Lee is a sophomore center who is waiting in the wings for the Isles. Lee is much bigger and stronger than Brock Nelson at this point in their careers. Lee is very physical for a young forward and likes to mix it up a little when he feels it necessary. Lee was drafted in the 6th round, 152nd overall by the Islanders in the 2009 entry draft. Like Brock Nelson the year after, Lee was a 2009 finalist for Mr. Hockey in Minnesota. Lee is a tremendous athlete who played hockey, football, and baseball in high school. Lee had an outstanding freshman season at Notre Dame and only hopes to improve upon his point-per-game pace from last season. In his freshman season, Lee scored 44 points in 44 games played-24G and 20A. Lee was also a +19 with six power play goals and 10 blocked shots to his credit.
Brock Nelson-University of North Dakota-Sophomore, Center, 6’3”, 185. In high school, Nelson was the runner-up for Mr. Hockey in Minnesota. He participated in the 2010 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp in August 2010. Nelson was the 30th pick by Isles in the 2010 Entry Draft. In 42 games played during his freshman campaign Nelson netted eight goals and added 13 assists for 21 pts. Nelson seemed a little bit raw and underdeveloped during his freshman season. Expect him to be ready this year and to have a breakout sophomore season. One stat that Nelson is particularly looking to improve on is his +1 plus/minus rating. Nelson was playing on a really good North Dakota team last season, so the plus/minus rating is a little bit troubling. Look for that to improve this year as Nelson probably moves up to the second line. Nelson plays in a tough, competitive WCHA against the likes of Minnesota, Minnesota-Duluth and Wisconsin. The competition for Nelson in the WCHA is second to none and should only help improve his game. Nelson wanted to work on strength in the offseason and all indications are that he has done so. Nelson left the Frozen Four national semifinal against Michigan after crashing hard into the boards and injuring his back. He was taken off the ice on a stretcher, but is fine and should have no lingering effects.
Corey Trivino-Boston University-Senior, Forward, 6’1”, 185. Trivino is a senior forward for the Terriers who has had a somewhat troubled career, but one that has included a National Championship. As a sophomore, Trivino suffered a season ending leg injury, resulting in him playing only 28 games and notching 15 points on 4G and 11A. As a freshman, Trivino played in 32 games, notching 6G and 7A. Early last season, Trivino was suspended for an alcohol related incident that upset coach Jack Parker. It seems like Trivino has his head in the right place this season and is poised for a strong regular season with the Terriers.
Jason Clark-University of Wisconsin-Sophomore, Forward, 6’2”, 185. Clark was drafted in the 3rd round by the Islanders in the 2010 entry draft. Clark has a very similar build to Nelson as a sophomore forward who measures at 6’2”, 185 pounds. Like Nelson, Clark needs to get stronger while in college and is expected to do so. Clark played his high school hockey at the famed Shattuck-St. Mary’s High School in Minnesota. Clark struggled a bit in his freshman season, only playing in 14 games and notching one assist. Clark is coming off of two hip surgeries this summer, so we can probably attribute his low scoring output last season to both hips affecting his skating ability and mobility in general. Look for Clark to have a bounce back sophomore campaign.
Scott Mayfield-University of Denver-Freshman, Defenseman, 6’4”, 200. This will be Mayfield’s first season at the University of Denver after playing for the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL. Mayfield was a 2011 USHL All-star after recording 16 points on seven goals, nine assists and notching 159 penalty minutes. He was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2011 entry draft and participated in the 2011 USA Hockey Junior Evaluation Camp.
Cody Rosen-Clarkson University-Junior, Goaltender, 5’11”, 182. Rosen is somewhat of an unheralded draft pick. He is a junior goalie from Kinston, Ontario measuring in at 5’11”. Rosen spent his sophomore season as a backup and only appeared in three games. In those three games, Rosen posted a .940 save percentage and 1.94 GAA. Rosen made his first career start in a loss to Air Force on 11/26/10, but he made 32 saves. Rosen played in relief in the third period against highly ranked Minnesota-Duluth and stopped all eight shots that were sent his way. Rosen has played in only four career games in his two seasons at Clarkson. As a freshman, Rosen was named to the ECAC hockey all-academic team. Rosen was drafted in the 7th round of the 2010 draft by the Islanders.
Anders Lee has a very realistic shot at contending for the Hobey Baker this season. Brock Nelson definitely has the talent to contend for the Hobey, it is just a matter of whether or not this is the year that he breaks out. The other players on this list are further down the Islanders prospect list, but you never know when a prospect can break out.
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