Monday, December 13, 2010

Rhett Rakhshani Makes NHL Debut Tonight

(above) Rhett Rakhshani will play for the New York Islanders tonight

From: DenverPioneers.com

Former University of Denver star forward Rhett Rakhshani will make his NHL debut tonight for the New York Islanders at Nashville.

Rakhshani earned the promotion to the Islanders after leading the American Hockey League's Bridgeport Sound Tigers with 24 points (10g, 14a) in 27 games. He was selected in the 4th Round of the 2006 NHL Draft by the Islanders.

17 comments:

vizoroo said...

Congrats to Rhett! The Islanders misfortunes may be his good fortune.

dggoddard said...

Go get them tonight Rhett.

puck swami said...

Go, Rhett Go!

Aluuum said...

I'd love to be there. I met his parents quite a few times during his four years here and i'm sure they will be there. First class people. Exciting time for them.
One of the things needed to stay up in the biggies is character and Rhett has a ton of that. I think he's there to stay.

du78 said...

Tonight's game is at 8PM EST and ie being broadcast in the NYC area on MSG+. For those of you with the NHL Center Ice package the game should be on one of its channels.

dggoddard said...

Rakhshani was called up after scoring 9 points in his last four AHL games.

du78 said...

Rhett is the leading scorer on the Sound Tigers with 24 points and the leading rookie scorer in the AHL.

Anonymous said...

Very impressive. Congrats Rhett! I must admit, I did not think that his game would translate that well to the pros, but his early success in the AHL has proven me wrong.

Anonymous said...

So, he was not called up due to another guy being out sick? That's pretty cool. And been a long time coming.

Aluuum said...

Thanks DU78! That's good news, I've got that hockey package. I'll pore a nice single malt and watch Rhett bury one.

DUcub2611 said...

you can watch the game online for free at channelsurfing.net

Anonymous said...

11:34.....0,0,0,0.......

du78 said...

Isles lost 5-0 and Rhett played 11:44. He was even for the game and did not make the score sheet except for 1 takeaway.

du78 said...

From Isles' game recap

"The one positive was that Islanders forward Rhett Rakhshani made his NHL debut at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. He recorded one takeaway with 11:44 of ice time and finished the game with an even plus-minus ranking.

“It’s definitely an adjustment,” Rakhshani said about his first NHL game. “It’s a lot faster (than the American League). Guys are stronger, take time away a lot quicker, but as the game got going, I felt a little more comfortable. I think I learned a little from tonight and hopefully I can take that into the next game.”

For his first game at the National level, Capuano thought Rakhshani played well.

“He played fine,” Capuano said. “He made some high percentage plays in the offensive zone. He didn’t turn many pucks over. He got the puck deep when he had to. He got in scoring areas and then went and had a few chances tonight.”

Twister said...

Good luck Rhett. The Islanders need your help!

du78 said...

Rock returned by Isles to Bridgeport yesterday.

Anonymous said...

Didn't even have time to unpack. Rakh looked around the room and asked to be sent down.