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.