Isackson fitting in as Stampede eye opener

Christian Isackson, one of the Sabres' two seventh round picks this past June, reported to Sioux Falls early last week for a developmental season of Jr. A hockey before enrolling at the University of Minnesota in 2011. Isackson follows in the footsteps of Sabres prospects Drew MacKenzie (2007) and Mark Adams (2009) as picks who spent their post-draft season in the USHL before entering the NCAA.

The 6'0 forward appeared in his first pre-season contest last Friday, scoring a goal for the Stampede in their 4-3 shootout loss to Sioux City. Trailing 3-1 in the early third, Isackson broke to the net and backhanded a loose puck behind Musketeer netminder, Matt Skoff. (Skoff, while playing for the Pittsburgh Hornets, missed five months of action two seasons ago after breaking his ankle in Buffalo during a Midwest Elite League game with the Regals). The following night, Isackson finished -1 with two shots on net in a 2-1 loss to Des Moines.

With game shape setting in, the Stampede traveled to Sioux City this week for the USHL Fall classic, the heavily scouted gathering that serves as the close of the pre-season. Isackson took a rest on Wednesday as the Stampede opened the tourney with another loss to Des Moines, 3-2 in the shootout. On Friday, he and Buffalo native Anthony Day earned power play assists in a 4-2 loss to Youngstown.

Sioux Falls will look to close the exhibition schedule with a win on Saturday when they face Indiana before kicking off their regular season next Friday in Sioux City.
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Saturday, September 25, 2010 ×

Adams was a junior in high school when drafted
finished his sr year in hs in chicago with steel.

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Kris Baker
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Saturday, September 25, 2010 ×

keep forgetting he was in school. I'll fix it. Point was one year ramp-up out of prep D1 (bonus year of dev if needed). Thanks.

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Kris Baker
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Saturday, September 25, 2010 ×

which reminds me how that USHL season is so good for these guys who are heading to HE and the WCHA. Fienhage probably wouldn't be in Kamloops if he had gotten that year in.

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Saturday, September 25, 2010 ×

Agreed... Catholic Conference, not prep school. Same school Keith Tkachuk went to in Boston. The preps look down upon the otehr leagues. He was first kid in over 20 years to go D1 from Malden Catholic. After he showed it could be done, many otehrs are now getting looks. Including Tom Fitzgeralds son(Tkachuks cousin) who accepted a scholarship to BC. Saw Isackson had another goal and assist after 2 in USHL today. Looks like a keeper

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Kris Baker
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Saturday, September 25, 2010 ×

Sabres real excited about him. Liked him at last year's Hlinka and pretty much coveted him as a late-rounder from that point...

I hear you on prep vs Catholic...Sabres obviously hit the Salisbury-Avon-Taft etc. circuit regularly (they liked Atkinson a couple years back too - off ice stuff may have scared them off?), but it was good to see their connections get them a beat on Adams at Malden. He definitely came recommended...Barely related, but the Mass chat reminds of the interesting stat that came out of last year's draft: California had more kids ranked by CSB than Massachusetts. Wow. If Beau Bennett was there...

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Saturday, September 25, 2010 ×

Atkinson is a good kid, Columbus loves him. Had that one issue in the infamous McDonalds parking lot, but that was more his dads doing. He called and asked him to come down after teh group of kids wised off to him. Cam is a keeper. His dad is a good guy as well. A little old school but a good guy. I see him maybe winning the Hobey Baker this year, along with Gustafson from Maine as the 2 East favorites. Dark horses being Kreider and Hayes.

Adams is doing very well, had a great finish at Steele and looks to be top 4 at PC.

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