Photo: Forward Brock Nelson is one of many prospects who have played some NHL games for the Islanders this season. Nelson was selected 30th overall in the 2010 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon SMI)
The New York Islanders are starting to reap the rewards of high drafting and solid player development. After years of finishing at the bottom of the standings, the organization has developed a core of young talent who led them to the playoffs in 2013. More help is still on the way too, as the Islanders have quality prospects at every position.
Photo: Sudbury Wolves defenseman and 2014 prospect Evan de Haan is the brother of New York Islanders prospect, Calvin de Haan (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
His brother may be four years older — and a couple of inches taller — but if you see a similarity between Sudbury Wolves’ blueliner Evan de Haan and his brother, New York Islanders’ 2009 first-rounder Calvin de Haan, it’s by design.
Photo: Defenseman Ville Pokka is one of many very talented defensive prospects in the New York Islanders system. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Coming off an improbable playoff berth in 2013, the New York Islanders enter the 2013-14 season with high expectations. They are still a very young club with a lot of promise and should only get better with experience.
Photo: Griffin Reinhart leads a deep and diverse group of defensive prospects for the New York Islanders. Reinhart was selected fourth overall in the 2012 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)
The New York Islanders continue to reload and restock their deep and talented prospect pool year after year thanks to great work by Garth Snow and his team. Four selections from the 2013 NHL Draft have made the cut into the top 20 prospects list as big things are expected of these youngsters.
Photo: Forward Nino Niederreiter has had a solid bounceback season in the AHL, managing 26 goals and 45 points through 64 games. (courtey of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)
The New York Islanders have done a tremendous job of stockpiling a very deep and talented prospect pool. General Manager Garth Snow has learned to not rush his youngsters and to make sure they are one hundred percent ready before he calls upon them for full-time NHL duty. The next few years will be critical in the development of these young guns and will prove if they can play at the NHL level.