The New York Islanders prospect pool remains one of the stronger ones in the NHL. There are high-upside players and depth at every position. The Islanders have been able to stock the system with four first-round picks in the past two drafts. With these picks, they have taken four forwards: Michael Dal Colle, Josh Ho-Sang, Mathew Barzal, and Anthony Beauvillier. They are all tremendously skilled and represent the next wave of forward prospects for the Islanders. Ryan Pulock was the team’s first-round pick in 2013, and is on the cusp of cracking the NHL lineup. Read more»
This season, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) features 12 NHL prospects representing five of the 10 member schools. Michigan Tech leads all conference teams with five prospects, followed by Minnesota State-Mankato with four. Read more»
The New York Islanders have moved to Brooklyn this season, and are looking to build off last year’s performance. The pieces are in the system for the Islanders to be an elite team. John Tavares is the face of the franchise and finished second in the NHL in scoring last season, while Kyle Okposo and Ryan Strome provide secondary scoring. The team’s defense is solidified by Johnny Boychuk, and Jaroslav Halak provides stable goaltending for the first time since Rick DiPietro. Read more»
New York Islanders GM Garth Snow continued his tendency to take NCAA-bound players with mid to late-round picks at the 2014 draft, selecting a pair of overagers in Devon Toews and Kyle Schempp. The Islanders have had success drafting NCAA players, with recent picks Kyle Okposo, Brock Nelson, and Anders Lee all becoming impact players for the Islanders. Although the Islanders tend to favour North American players, they selected a pair of European netminders in Linus Soderstrom and Ilya Sorokin. They represent the future in goal for the Islanders, along with collegiate netminders Eamon McAdam and Stephon Williams. Read more»
The New York Islanders prospect pool has high-end talent at every position and has the depth to match it. The forward group has some blue chip prospects, a few high potential risk-reward players, and many potential bottom six forwards. The defense group is deep and many are on the cusp of NHL readiness.