New York Islanders 2013 draft review

By Josh Buckingham

Ryan Pulock - New York Islanders

Photo: Picked 15th overall, Ryan Pulock was one of two defensemen the New York Islanders selected in the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon SMI)

The New York Islanders made some noise at the 2013 NHL Draft sending their fifth overall pick in 2010, Nino Niederreiter, to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Cal Clutterbuck and a third round draft pick.

After spending the entire season with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and not skating with the "black aces" during the playoffs, it appeared that Niederreiter's days with the Isles were numbered.

All in all, the Islanders added seven prospects to their deep and talented pool of youngsters.

Ryan Pulock, D, Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
1st round, 15th Overall
Height: 6'0 Weight: 209 lbs

The first thing almost every scout talks about when speaking of Pulock is how hard his slap shot is. Pulock has a cannon of a point shot and is not afraid to use it. The 2012-13 season was a bit of disappointment as he battled through numerous upper-body injuries, but he showed a lot of heart and did what a captain should by playing through the pain. Following the 2011-12 season, many scouts saw him as a top five selection so this is a great value pick for the Islanders.

Pulock is not a one-dimensional player with just a slap shot; he is also a very strong defenseman that can move opposing players out of the crease and is not afraid to throw his weight around. He also makes very effective breakout passes using his outstanding vision. He is not the fastest skater, but he makes up for that with superb positioning.

He will return to his captain role with the Brandon Wheat Kings for 2013-14. He was also invited to Team Canada's U20 WJC camp where he will hopefully earn a spot on their talent-laden blue line.

Eamon McAdam, G, Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL)
3rd round, 70th Overall
Height: 6'2 Weight: 185 lbs

With the selection acquired from Minnesota in the Niederreiter deal, the Islanders made McAdam the first goaltender they have selected since 2010, when they selected Cody Rosen in the seventh round. He is also the first of three players selected by the Isles in this draft whom have played for the Waterloo Black Hawks of the USHL.

He is a very patient goaltender that relies on superb positioning to make the save. He also has very good size for a netminder.

McAdam is a long-term project that will attend Penn State University this upcoming season. Hopefully he can take the starting reigns right away considering Penn State is a very young D1 program.

Taylor Cammarata, C/LW, Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL)
3rd round, 76th Overall
Height: 5'7 Weight: 157 lbs

Six picks later the Isles decided to select Cammarata, another Waterloo Black Hawk and the 2013 USA Hockey Junior Player of the Year. Last season he led the USHL in goals with 38 and points with 93.

Standing at 5'7, size is the one thing that every scout feels is his major downside, but there is nothing he can do about that. He can put the puck into the back of the net and that is what matters. He is very shifty and slick much like John Gaudreau (CAL) and Daniel Briere. He also has great hands and a very high hockey IQ, allowing him to easily set up his teammates.

Cammarata will attend the University Minnesota next season and was invited to Team USA's U20 WJC camp. It will be interesting to see if he makes the team, if not this year he will definitely have a strong chance in 2015.

Hockey's Future shot video of Pulock and Cammarata at the 2013 NHL Draft. You can view their extended remarks in this HF video.

Stephon Williams, G, Minnesota State Mavericks (WCHA)
4th round, 106th Overall
Height: 6'2 Weight: 190 lbs

A goaltender who spent the 2011-12 season playing in Waterloo with Cammarata and McAdam, Williams spent the 2012-13 season playing for the Minnesota State Mavericks. He received four WCHA honors including: All-Rookie Team, First All-Star Team, Goaltending Champion, and Rookie of the Year.

This is the third draft that Williams has been eligible for as he was born in April of 1993. He is seen as a bit of a late-bloomer and hopefully he does not experience a sophomore slump at Minnesota State next season.

Viktor Crus Rydberg, C, Linköping J20 (SuperElit)
5th round, 136th Overall
Height: 6'0 Weight: 187 lbs

With their fifth selection of the 2013 draft, the Islanders made Rydberg their first and only European pick of the draft. Rydberg spent last season developing in the Linköping (Swedish Elite League) system, playing for their junior team. He posted exactly a point per game with 35 points in 35 games.

He is a very crafty two-way center that is making the jump across the pond to play for the Plymouth Whalers (OHL) next season. This is very promising for the Islanders, as he will not be forced to play in the Swedish Elite League too early, which could stunt his development. Playing in the OHL will give him the opportunity to play against top talent while also playing a major role for the Whalers.

It will be very interesting to see how he fares playing in the OHL this upcoming season.

Alan Quine, C/LW, Belleville Bulls (OHL)
6th round, 166th Overall
Height: 5'11 Weight: 181 lbs

This is the second draft that Quine has had to nervously sit through after he and the Detroit Red Wings, who drafted him in 2011 (3rd round, 85th overall), decided to not sign him, deeming him eligible for the 2013 draft. This was quite surprising after he finally was beginning to live up to his potential after a mid-season trade to the Belleville Bulls. In 28 games with the Bulls he posted 41 points and added 15 more in 17 playoff games. This change of scenery did wonders for his game, proving that he can thrive with a talented supporting cast.

Quine is a very quick and swift skater with great vision. He also has slick hands and is a very gifted offensive talent. He does however need to work on his defensive game and play better without the puck on his stick.

He will more than likely sign a contract and play in either Bridgeport or in the ECHL for the 2013-14 season.

Kyle Burroughs, D, Regina Pats (WHL)
7th round, 196th Overall
Height: 5'11 Weight: 183 lbs

Burroughs is seen as a bit of a late-bloomer after a rough start to the 2012-13 season. After injuries to multiple defensemen he rose up the Regina depth chart and was given a much bigger role. In his expanded role he showed flashes of offensive potential and ended as the top scoring defensemen for the Pats.

While playing as much as 30 minutes a night, Burroughs proved that he could be relied upon as solid two-way defensemen. He makes smart pinches and is able to anchor the power play.

The one knock on him is his size, but he should continue to gain muscle as he matures. He is also very young for his draft year, having just turned 18 years of age on July 12.

Burroughs will return to Regina where he will continue to develop while anchoring their defense and serving as a leader in the locker room.

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