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Sunday is minor league day here at IPB and while the team's ECHL affiliate is of minimal interest, a slow news day is enough write a quick post on the subject.The Islanders picked up a new affiliate in the ECHL over the off season, the Stockton Thunder out in California. There are only a handful of Isles prospects on the team; Mike Dalhuisen and Parker Milner both of whom you may remember from training camp, plus a few other players that have ties to the Sound Tigers and, randomly, ex-Islander draft pick Corey Trivino. Also in Stockton is Kirill Kabanov, which seems to be?a disciplinary measure?and not necessarily a reflection of his skill.Stockton started off their season strong with a 5-0 win on opening night last night over Colorado. Kabanov had a interesting night, putting together a Gordie Howe hat trick. He scored the second goal of the night off a misplay from the Colorado netminder, got in a fight and later added an assist on a Dalhuisen goal. Dalhuisen also had a Gordie of his own.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_e_mkEvKiGk 
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Prior to Tuesday night's game, the Islanders announced that they had re-assigned Sound Tigers forward Kirill Kabanov to the team's new ECHL affiliate, the Stockton Thunder. For Kabanov, the trip across country to a lower rung of the minor leagues isn't about getting more playing time or honing his skills for the most part. It's a message to shape up for a player with promising talent that has to get some things in order.Michael Fornabaio, the Sound Tigers beat writer for the CT Post, noted that Kabanov missed practice that morning for personal reasons and has been late to practice on multiple occasions:[sny-box]They?re framing it as a hockey decision; get him more minutes, work on his game in both ends, and so forth, sing along, and playing on the third line, he probably could use some more time.?His ?personal-reasons? absence this morning suggested more, and a source said Kabanov was late for a meeting and it wasn?t the first time.[/sny-box]A Point Blank source seconded Fornabaio's report that the move to Stockon was for disciplinary reasons.Kabanov was originally a third round pick in 2010, touted to have first round talent. His draft stock slipped as he became well known for off-ice issues but the line dividing what were real issues and which ones were fabricated is still blurry.What we do know is that his complicated history starts in Russia, his home country, as he snubbed the KHL at its formation and?bolted for North America?after tense contract negotiations. He was selected by Moncton of the CHL but fell out of favor there in?the spring of 2010, when the junior team scratched him for the entirety of the Memorial Cup Playoffs. That same April, he was also kicked off the Russian junior team?for being an 'individual player', according to the team.At that point, the Islanders selected him in the June draft after he fell to round three but things we're the smoothest. He showed up late twice during training camp in the fall of 2010 and the team returned him to Moncton.Of course, Moncton didn't want him back and his rights were traded to?Blainville-Boisbriand. After potentially heading to Sweden to play?because he couldn't with Blainville who had too many foreign players (there are roster limits on that sort of thing), he ended up with Shawinigan. There, lo and behold, he won the Memorial Cup with them in 2011. The Islanders would sign him to an ELC that summer and he spent all of last year with Bridgeport, hampered by injury.Now Kabanov's career has taken yet another turn and he's been shipped off to hockey purgatory in California, a long way from Bridgeport and even further from the NHL.It's probably not an ultimatum from the Islanders, as he does still have another year on his entry level deal. But it's certainly a message sent and something that should be a wake up call.Kabanov had been playing on the third line in Bridgeport after being buried during the preseason. The only training camp action he saw was during the two split squad games, but he still managed to make a highlight reel play. It's surprising how far down the depth chart Kabanov fell. With Brock Nelson in the NHL, in theory he should be Bridgeport's third best forward behind Anders Lee and Ryan Strome. However, he fell to third among the right wings, behind the undrafted Joey Diamond and 27-year old fighter Chris Bruton. Whether his fall down the lineup was it's own brand of discipline or not, it's clear that between the lineup and training camp, Kabanov fell out of favor with the coaches. Now, he's got to earn it all back and do it from across the continent.
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In split squad action at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, the Islanders 'B' squad is facing off against the Senators. During the first period, prospect Kirill Kabanov streaked down the wing, made an impressive deke and wrapped around a pass to Riley Wetmore. You really just need to see it so watch the video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwsD93vPZBUIt's moves like that where you can see why Kabanov was supposed to be a first round talent. Off-ice attitudes and distractions caused him to drop to the Isles in third round back in 2010. He hasn't gotten much playing time in the preseason thus far, but that was a hell of a goal. The Islanders lead this game 2-0, as Ryan Strome would pot a one-timer later on in the period.
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SYOSSET, NY -- It is no secret that the Islanders have a deep and talented prospect pool. Headlined by the likes of Ryan Strome, Brock Nelson, Calvin de Haan, and Griffin Reinhart, just to name a few, it's easy to understand how a player like Kirill Kabanov could get lost in the mix.The 21-year-old Russian winger has had a well documented history of ups and downs throughout his hockey career, the latest being an injury to his wrist suffered early in the 2012-13 AHL season. Kabanov was cut on his left wrist in a game agains the Worcester Sharks and had to undergo surgery, which sidelined him for 44 games. He did get to play in 32 games, but only recorded nine points ( 2 goals, 7 assists) in that time."It?s hard mentally after such a hard injury," Kabanov told Islanders Point Blank after Saturday's on ice session. "It?s not that physically. It?s more that mentally to be back in a game, to be back and a part of the team."After a summer of tough training, Kabanov is back at Isles camp looking to crack the NHL roster.In preparation for this year, Kabanov spent the summer training with former NHLer Gary Roberts. Roberts is know for running an intense off-season camp that has helped mold players such as Jeff Skinner, Jordan Staal, James Neal, and Steven Stamkos."He could probably have 500 people in here training if he wanted to, but that's not who Gary is," Stamkos told NHL.com in 2012 of Roberts. "He wants to take guys that he knows are good people, he knows are going to work hard and stay true to the program in the gym and through the nutritional aspect."And Kabanov feels like he has benefitted from the experience."It was awesome. He?s a great guy," he said. "A great trainer and he has such a good course...?We did a lot of running, workout, a lot of conditioning, so I think it helped me a lot. I come back a better player and I?ll try to do my best. I really appreciate Gary for what he did for me through the summer."Sound Tigers head coach Scott Pellerin said during rookie camp that he had noticed an increase in Kabanov's confidence level."I thought his intensity has improved," Pellerin said. "I think his compete level is there. He goes into the dirty areas and he just needs to find that groove for him to make plays and get his quality scoring chances."
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Mike Fornabaio tweets that Travis Hamonic (concussion), Kirill Kabanov (arm) and Brock Nelson (jaw) all skated today in Bridgeport. Hamonic is obviously an important part of the Islanders defense, especially if Visnovsky does not come back. The Islanders have been and likely will continue to be very cautious with him. Kabanov and Nelson could both get a look at training camp, but it's possible their injuries have hampered their chances. The Islanders have 11 forwards until NHL contract, 12 if you include Nino Niederreiter. That means there could be only one or two forward spots up for grabs. Other players in the running likely include David Ullstrom and Casey Cizikas.
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With the NHL and NHLPA meeting late into the night yesterday on New Year's, there's some hope that a deal could get done and a season started by the end of January. But, like any good hockey fan, you shouldn't get those hopes up too much. They've disappointed us all quite a bit already. Anyway, if in fact we do have hockey soon, the Islanders are going to be at a bit of a disadvantage with a number of injured players. Not on this list are David Ullstrom and Casey Cizikas who have both missed time this year to injury but are currently playing. Here's what we've been able to compile:

Michael Grabner: "Should be" ready by January 15th after a lower-body injury

Brock Nelson: Broken jaw out 2-3 weeks as of 12/29

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This is a few days old, but it's worth a note anyway. Back on October 26th, Kirill Kabanov was injured when he received a cut from an opponent's skate on his arm. Usually, it's not something we get to see unless it's somewhere easily visible, like on the athlete's face. But Kabanov went ahead and tweeted a picture of his stitches after surgery.

If you want to see, the picture is after the jump. So, if you're squeamish, don't click that 'read more' link. But honestly, it's nothing particularly gruesome.

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Update, Saturday 12:00pm: The official statement from the Sound Tigers:

Kirill Kabanov was cut in last night's game on the left wrist, had surgery last night & is expected to make a full recovery. There is no timeline as of now on Kabanov's return to the lineup. He will be reevaluated on Monday.

Kabanov on Twitter:

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