https://www.nhl.com/islanders/news/islanders-prospect-report-january-13-2020/c-313870648

Fantasy Summary

A fiery and fearless competitor, he continues to refine his scoring and stickhandling. Likely a bottom-six player in the pros, he is versatile enough to move up and down a lineup. A candidate for both special teams


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May 2020 – As awful as the disease is, the pandemic’s timing worked for Newkirk, at least in the short term. An initially terrifying skate-blade laceration to an arm caused major bleeding in November yet sidelined him for just two games, after which he rebounded with a 17-game point streak. A week-to-week injury suffered Feb. 23 was rendered moot when the Canadian Hockey League suspended play March 12 and the WHL scrapped the rest of its season. The 19-year-old would now love to just resume his development as a hockey player. Mark Allan

March 2020 – After 11 points in 58 games as a WHL rookie, the hard-working middleman improved dramatically with 23 scores and 59 points in 68 outings during his draft year. After the Isles chose him in the fifth round, he upped his offense again, totaling 29 goals and 65 points in 55 appearances so far in his third major junior campaign. He leads Portland with 15 PP goals, is second in goals and is tied for second with five game-winning scores. He gained valuable playoff experience in 2018 and 2019. Although he registered just three assists in 17 games, he will get another crack at the post-season with the powerful Winterhawks, who have the most points in the league. Newkirk is not big, although he packs 181 pounds on a 5-11 frame. His skillset is an attractive combination of good vision, focused finishing, clever passing and true grit. He is not shy about barging into dirty areas or mixing it up with larger opponents. Coaches trust him to play in all situations. The Islanders might have a well-rounded, two-way player with grit and some offense if they can be patient. Mark Allan

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.5
NHL Certainty 6.0
Country CAN
Position C
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth February 20, 2001
Height 5‘11”
Weight 181 lbs
Drafted 2019 Round 5; Overall: 147

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Moose Jaw Warriors U15 AASAAHL U1531 23 1942 28|Playoffs2 0 00
 2015-2016 Notre Dame Hounds U15 PrepSSMHL U1837 18 3553 48|Playoffs6 5 38
  Notre Dame Argos U18 AAASMAAAHL1 0 00 0|        
 2016-2017 Moose Jaw Warriors U18 AAASMAAAHL44 17 2340 37|Playoffs4 3 03
 2017-2018 Portland WinterhawksWHL58 8 311 31|Playoffs12 0 11
 2018-2019 Portland WinterhawksWHL68 23 3659 88|Playoffs5 0 22
 2019-2020 Portland WinterhawksWHL55 29 3665 38|        

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