Photo: Selected first overall in the 2009 NHL Draft, center John Tavares has developed into one of the top offensive players in the NHL. (courtesy of Steven Ryan/Icon SMI)
The 2009 NHL Draft was a franchise altering one for the New York Islanders. They finished with an NHL worst 61 points, won the NHL Draft lottery, and earned the right to select first overall.
Photo: Undrafted forward Mike Halmo is having a strong year with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, where he has managed 12 goals, 12 assists, and 85 penalty minutes in 38 AHL games. (Courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)
The New York Islanders have built an impressive pool of prospects at the professional level. The team has done fairly well at the NHL Draft over the past several years and has found a lot of good talent in the middle and later rounds.
Photo: Finland defenseman and New York Islanders prospect Ville Pokka in playing in his third season in Liiga, Finland’s top hockey league, despite being just 19 years of age (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)
There is no question that Finland defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen left his mark on his country's gold medal win at the 2014 World Junior Championship, as the big defender netted the golden goal to help Finland take their first gold medal at this event since 1998. But one of Ristolainen's blueline brethren, Ville Pokka, may have been Finalnd's most consistently effective defensemen at this WJC.
Photo: Erie Otters defenseman and New York Islanders prospect Adam Pelech is having another productive season on offense, picking up 24 points in 32 games so far this season (courtesy of Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
When being chosen for a tournament roster such as those of the countries taking part in the 2014 World Junior Championship, a player may have to accept a role that is quite different from the one that the player has on their main club.
Photo: Edmonton Oil Kings forward and Ottawa Senators prospect Curtis Lazar is having a good season in Edmonton, notching 21 goals and 16 assists in 27 games while sporting a +22 rating (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
After suffering a surprising loss to the Czech Republic in the second game of the preliminary round, Canada circled the wagons and gutted out a pair of wins, over Slovakia and the USA, to take the top seed in Group A at the 2014 World Junior Championship.