Photo: Kirill Kabanov and Kirill Petrov are two of the many talented forwards the Islanders have drafted over the past five years. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
With the announcement of the move to the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn to start the 2015-16 season, the future of the New York Islanders is suddenly very optimistic. The team has stockpiled talented prospects over the past several years and many of them are starting to look like promising NHL players.
Photo: Plagued by injuries for much of his junior career, defenseman Calvin de Haan had a fairly healthy and productive rookie pro season in 2011-12. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The New York Islanders prospect pool is loaded with talent from top to bottom. General Manager Garth Snow has done an excellent job of stockpiling a deep pool of very promising prospects. At almost every position there is a player with the upside to emerge to the top of the depth chart, which is tremendous for the future of a struggling franchise such as the Islanders. Only time will tell however whether these prospects can put everything together and reach their potential.
Photo: The New York Islanders used the fourth pick overall to select defenseman Griffin Reinhart, the highest pick they have used on a defenseman since 1995 (Courtesy of Ian Altenbaugh/HF)
New York Islanders GM Garth Snow selected defensemen early and often in 2012, using all seven picks to bolster their blue line. His seven picks included a prospect from each of the three Canadian major junior leagues, one from Finland, and two other American born blueliners.
Photo: Edmonton Oil Kings defenseman Griffin Reinhart's draft stock rose as the 2011-12 season progressed, leading to his fourth overall selection at the 2012 NHL Draft (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)
Bloodlines may or may not make a difference in hockey, but the New York Islanders might think so as they used the fourth overall selection at the 2012 NHL Draft on Edmonton Oil Kings defenseman Griffin Reinhart.
Photo: Edmonton Oil Kings defenseman Griffin Reinhart took part in the 2012 CHL Top Propsects Game, picking up a goal for the victorious Team Orr (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/CHL Images)
Edmonton Oil Kings defenseman Griffin Reinhart had a season to remember, one that included a WHL championship and a trip to the Memorial Cup Tournament. But the best will be saved for last, with Reinhart likely to be a high draft pick at next week's 2012 NHL Draft.