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Posting (4/16/10 - 11:15 a.m.) - The United States Hockey League today announced that New York Islanders' sixth round selection in 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Anders Lee has been named USHL Rookie of the Year as determined by a vote of League coaches.

"Anders is the total package – and to win an Anderson Cup, you need to have a player like Anders Lee on your team," said Green Bay Gamblers Head Coach and General Manager Jon Cooper.  "What makes him unique is that he can excel in all three zones, and not many players can do that."

Lee, 19, led the Green Bay Gamblers in scoring with 66 points (35g, 31a) while playing in all but one of the 60 games for the team as Green Bay captured its second consecutive Anderson Cup.  The Anderson Cup is awarded annually to the USHL Member Club earning the greatest number of points during the regular season.

Lee's point total tied him for tenth place in the League.  He also finished in a three-way tie for the most goals in the regular season with 35 (Matt White of the Omaha Lancers, and Tyler Barnes of the Waterloo Black Hawks, also totaled 35 goals).  Nine of Lee's goals were game-winners, the most by a player in the USHL since the 2005-06 season.  Lee ranked second overall in the USHL with a plus-38 rating, and he equaled a League season high when he scored a goal in eight consecutive games from February 6-28.

"What a great athlete and what a great hockey player," said USHL Commissioner Skip Prince.  "He was a dominant force on the ice throughout the season, and we'll look forward to seeing him continue with Green Bay during this year's playoff run.  Congratulations to Anders and to the Green Bay organization."

The 6-2, 216-pound forward played well from the moment he joined the Gamblers, recording two assists in his season debut on October 3rd, 2009, and points in his first four games with the team (3g, 3a) including two game-winning goals.  Lee was also selected to compete in the 2010 USHL All-Star Game and collected one assist in the contest.

Lee, a native of Edina, Minnesota, was a sixth-round selection (152nd overall) of the New York Islanders in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.  Prior to coming to the USHL, the talented multi-sport athlete was an All-State hockey forward and football quarterback, named the 2008 Metro Football Player of the Year by the Minneapolis Star Tribune.  He is committed to play collegiate hockey at the University of Notre Dame next season.

Credit USHL Web-site

Posting (4/15/10 - 5:45 p.m.)
- The Islanders announced today that they have agreed to terms on a one-year extension with left wing Trevor Gillies.  The gritty first year Islander totaled 75 penalty minutes in 14 games this season with the Islanders.

“Trevor provides us with a physical presence and commitment and dedication that every team looks for,” said Garth Snow, General Manager, New York Islanders. “We look forward to having his energy on and off the ice next year.”

“To get the call up this year and have the opportunity to play with such a great group of guys was an absolute dream come true,” said Gillies.  “The organization treated me and my family with such respect and we are excited and thankful for this opportunity.” 

Prior to joining the Islanders this year, Gillies spent the past four years with the Portland Pirates and Albany River Rats of the AHL with a stop in between at the Augusta Lynx of the ECHL. After being signed as a free agent by the New York Rangers in the summer of 2004, he was traded to the Anaheim Ducks where he made his pro debut during the 2005-06 season.

Posting (4/14/10 - 11 p.m.)
- Islander prospects Rhett Rakhshani and Blake Kessel have been named All-Americans for the 2009-10 college hockey season. 

Rakhshani, who will play in Game 1 of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers opening round series of the Calder Cup Playoffs Wednesday against the Hershey Bears, was named a West First Team All-American.  The Huntington Beach, California native finished his fourth and final year at Denver University with 21 goals and 29 assists for 50 points.  Kessel completed his sophomore year with the New Hampshire Wildcats, scoring 38 points (10 goals and 28 assists).  The Verona, Wisconsin native was named an East Second Team All-American.

Posting (4/11/10 - 10:15 a.m.)
- It seems like a common, everyday thing now that someone is recalled from Bridgeport.  Today, right wing, Joel Rechlicz will dress in the Islanders regular season finale against the Pittsburgh Penguins at 5 p.m. 

Rechlicz began the season with the Islanders but was loaned to the team's AHL affiliate after the first month of the season.  The Wisconsin native has played in 21 games for the Sound Tigers and has accumulated 128 penalty minutes. 

Posting (4/10/10 - 9:45 a.m.) -
The Islanders have recalled Micheal Haley from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.  Haley will make his NHL debut tonight when the Islanders take on the New Jersey Devils at 7 p.m. at the Prudential Center. 

This season with the Sound Tiges, Haley has put together a career year in goals (6), assists (8) and points (14) in 65 games played.  The Guelph, Ontario native leads the team in penalty minutes with 196. 

Posting (4/9/10 - 4:15 p.m.)
- The New York Islanders have announced that center Josh Bailey will miss the final two games of the 2009-10 regular season due to facial fractures. 

On Thursday night in Pittsburgh, Bailey took a hit from behind from Alexei Ponikarovsky three minutes into the third period.  Ponikarovsky was issued a five minute boarding major and a game-misconduct.  Earlier today, the Penguin winger was given a two-game suspension from the National Hockey League. 

Posting (4/9/10 - 1:15 p.m.) -
The Islanders have returned forward Greg Mauldin to the Sound Tigers as they make their final push to make the 2010 Calder Cup Playoffs. 


Mauldin was recalled yesterday to play in the Islanders game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.  The Holliston, MA native played a total of 10:02 and had two shots on goal.  His best chance of the night was when he intercepted a Penguin breakout attempt and walking in from the right point, cranking a slap-shot on Pittsburgh goalie, Marc-Andre Fleury who made the save with his right pad. 

Posting (4/8/10 - 11:30 a.m.) -
The New York Islanders have recalled forward Greg Mauldin from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.  He will make his Islanders debut tonight when they take on the Pittsburgh Penguins at Mellon Arena. 

The Holliston, MA native was signed by the Islanders on July 6, 2009 and has played the entire season with the Sound Tigers.  Mauldin leads the team in scoring with 24 goals and 27 assists for 51 points in 74 games this season. 

Mauldin was drafted in the seventh round (199th overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets.  After playing three years at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, he began his professional career with Columbus at the end of the 2003-04 season.  Maudlin skated in six games for the Blue Jackets, accumulating four penalty minutes.  The following two years, Mauldin played for Columbus’ AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch, totaling 19 goals and 37 assists for 56 points in 122 games.  Maudlin was traded at the end of the 2005-06 season to the Houston Aeros where he played 11 regular season games totaling four points (1 goal and 3 assists) and a goal and an assist in eight playoff games. 

Mauldin played the 2006-07 season in the Swedish Elite League before returning to North America with the Binghamton Senators for the next two years.  Mauldin had career years in Binghamton, scoring 33 points (15 goals and 18 assists) his first year and 51 points (24 goals and 27 assists) his second year. 

The Islanders have also sent defenseman Mark Flood to the Sound Tigers.  Bruno Gervais will return to the Islanders lineup tonight in Pittsburgh. 
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