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The 2011 NHLPA Rookie Showcase begins tomorrow. Ryan Strome, the NY Islanders prospect who was drafted 5th overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, will be among 27 rookies in attendance tomorrow in Toronto. Read more from NHLPA.com.
In prospect news, Scott Mayfield, a highly touted defenseman drafted by the NY Islanders 34th overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, confirmed over the weekend that he will be playing hockey for the University of Denver this fall. Read more from The Pipeline Show.
TII Thoughts: It is very interesting that Mayfield mentioned in the interview with The Pipeline Show that he might stay at DU for 3 or 4 years due to the depth of prospects in the Islanders system. Mayfield also discussed how much he values a college education and his connections to the Denver area. Mayfield notes that if he went to play in the CHL for the Kitchener Rangers he would only have two years of eligibility there and he said “I don’t want to mess around with that.” At such a young age, I think it shows a lot of maturity that Mayfield realizes the depth of defense prospects in the Isles system and doesn’t want to rush himself and is willing to spend three or four years in college to develop his game and become a better hockey player.
As most of you know, Icethetics.info confirmed the new sweater looks for the 2011-2012 season earlier today. As for my thoughts on the Islanders third jersey, I can sum it up in one word-embarrasing. In reading the message boards and blogs throughout the day, it seems like most everyone agrees with me. I love the Isles regular home and away jerseys, but these third jerseys are horrible. The only thing that I remotely like is that “Islanders” is written across the chest. The color scheme is horrendous. I know when there was a lot of discussion over the summer about colors for the third jersey that fans didn’t want the color black as the main color. So, following sensible logic, the third jersey mostly features the color black.
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.