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Friday, April 16, 2010

Lee Named Rookie of the Year; JT, KO, JH to Play in Worlds; Koskinen, Petrov on the Move

Lots of stuff has gone on this week for the Isles- both players and prospects.

-First, Scott Gordon has been named head coach of the 2010 U.S. team for the World Championships. Defenseman Jack Hillen and forward Kyle Okposo (who turns 22 today- happy birthday!) have also been named to the squad. Also, John Tavares will play for Team Canada in the Worlds. Great job, guys!

- Trevor Gillies has been signed to a one-year contract with the Islanders. In 14 games this season, the tough guy tallied 75 penalty minutes.

- Last year's sixth-rounder in the draft, Anders Lee, has been named the USHL's Rookie of the Year. He played 59 of 60 games for the Green Bay Gamblers and tallied 66 points (35 G, 31 A). Congratulations to him!

- And according to Chris Botta, Isles prospect Kirill Petrov will be at prospect camp this summer, apparently with the blessing of the Russian KHL and his current team, Ak Bars. The skilled winger has been touted as one of the team's best future players.
Not only that, but another top prospect, goalie Mikko Koskinen, has been called up to Bridgeport. The big, solid netminder reportedly underwent hip surgery, but had a solid end of the season in the ECHL for the Utah Grizzlies. Expect him to be a mainstay in BPT next season.

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