Islanders have 3 prospects in World Juniors

Griffin Reinhart of the Orange Team skates during Griffin Reinhart of the Orange Team skates during the Islanders Rookie Scrimmage and Skills Competition. (July 11, 2013) Photo Credit: Mike Stobe

advertisement | advertise on newsday

The 2014 World Junior championships begin Thursday in Malmo, Sweden, with three Islanders prospects participating.

Griffin Reinhart, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2012 draft, will make his second straight World Junior appearance for Canada. Adam Pelech, the Isles' third-round pick in 2012 and another defenseman, has made the squad.

Reinhart nearly made the Islanders after a strong training camp in September, but the team felt it had enough defensemen who would play ahead of the 6-4 Reinhart and sent him back to Edmonton of the Western League. Injuries to Lubomir Visnovsky and Brian Strait made the Isles regret their move.

Reinhart has two goals and nine assists in 20 games for Edmonton. Pelech has eight goals and 16 assists in 32 games for Erie of the Ontario League. One of his teammates is Dylan Strome, Ryan's younger brother.

Also in the World Junior tournament is 2012 second-rounder Ville Pokka, playing his second tournament for Finland. Pokka has three goals and 10 assists in 32 games for Karpat in Finland's SM-Liiga, that country's professional league.

advertisement | advertise on newsday

Same lineup for IslesJack Capuano rarely messes with things after a win, so even on the tail end of back-to-back games, he kept the same 18 skaters and went back to Evgeni Nabokov in goal.

That meant Colin McDonald (healthy scratch for the last four games), Peter Regin and Aaron Ness were the healthy scratches.

With one more game, Monday in Detroit, before the four-day holiday break, Capuano felt comfortable playing Nabokov again. Kevin Poulin, who hasn't played since allowing six goals in Phoenix 10 days ago, might get the start against the Wings.

You also may be interested in: