Sunday, October 31, 2010

El Nino is Not All The Islanders Have

So we went up to see how Nino Niederreiter was handling being sent back to the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL after getting to start the season with the New York Islanders. We came away thinking that it still was a bad idea for the Islanders to send him back at least we do right now.

The Niederreiter we watched is going to struggle adapting back to life in the WHL until he realizes that his demotion does not mean he has to score a hat trick every night. Maybe it was jet lag catching up to him from the last few days but Nino looked like he was trying to do way too much tonight.

The message we would give Nino just as we would all of the Islander fans is there that while Nino is a rock solid player; the Winterhawks were an excellent team before he came back. The same can be said about the Islander prospects as a whole as they have some real talent among their prospects from Calvin De Haan to Anders Lee and Casey Cizikas.

Nino is just a very nice piece to the puzzle as witnessed by the Islander report right here.

Oh write this 2 names down for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft; Ty Rattie and Sven Bartschi of the Portland Winterhawks. Rattie is just a fine all around player who earned himself a Gordie Howe Hat Trick with the goal, assist, and fight.

Bartschi scored what we can best describe as a Mark Messier goal; remember the laser bullet of a wrist shot coming down the right wing? That was Bartschi tonight as that was the best wrist shot of the wrong foot since well Messier.

The New York Ranger story once again starts with Ethan Werek as the 2009 2nd round pick led the Ranger prospects with a goal and an assist as his Kingston Frontenacs needed to go to the shootout to defeat an Owen Sound Attack team with Scott Stajcer watching from the bench.

The Ranger prospects had a pretty good night overall as Chris Kreider earned his first point of the season but the prospects showed a balanced effort on this Saturday evening of hockey.

The Ranger report is right here

(Images: Nino/Portland Winterhawks, Ethan Werek/Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

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