Photo: Although Michael Dal Colle did not join Team Canada at the World Junior Championships last season, he helped lead the Oshawa Generals to a Memorial Cup in May. (Courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
As the New York Islanders get set to move to Brooklyn next season, the organization has renewed confidence heading to the 2015-2016 season after making the playoffs last season. The roster has accumulated both high end talent and depth and the system is flush with talent. The Islanders will contend in a competitive division that saw the Columbus Blue Jackets, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Washington Capitals all make major offseason acquisitions. The Islanders should be right in the thick of things in what will be an intriguing race to watch. Read more»
Photo: Griffin Reinhart is one of the best defenseman not playing in the NHL this year (courtesy of Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)
The Islanders have become a top team in the Eastern Conference this season after years of finishing low in the standings. The team’s success on the draft floor has built a talented core that looks primed to be competitive for years. Read more»
Photo: Defenseman Ryan Pulock has made an immediate impact on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, managing 11 goals and five assists in his first 25 games. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The New York Islanders have an abundance of prospects playing at the professional level. The influx of junior prospects from last season has led to an improved Sound Tiger team.
Photo: Defenseman Robbie Russo had a successful sophomore season with Notre Dame, where he posted five goals and 18 assists through 41 games. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The New York Islanders do not have a large quantity of prospects playing at the NCAA level and overseas, but some of these youngsters have a good chance of making a considerable impact with the organization in the 2013-14 season.
Photo: Harvard blueliner Danny Biega is among the top ranked defensemen currently playing in the NCAA. Biega was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2010 draft. (Photo courtesy of Jamie Kellner)
This season, the NCAA features 75 defensemen that have already been NHL-drafted, representing nearly every NHL team. The 12 players (there's a three-way tie for 10th) represented here are ranked based on development and NHL potential. Unless otherwise noted, all stats are current as of February 10th.
1. Justin Schultz, Junior, University of Wisconsin
NHL Rights: Anaheim Ducks
Drafted: 2nd Round, 43rd overall, 2008