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: Red Wings draft pick Anthony Mantha has torn up the QMJHL and put himself in prime position for a prominent role on Team Canada at the 2014 WJC (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Welcome to the November 2013 edition of On the Rush, a monthly column featuring prospects at various competition levels who are either exceeding expectations or falling a little behind.
Photo: Erie Otters defenseman and New York Islanders prospect Adam Pelech is following in the footsteps of two older brothers to the pro game (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
If it seems that Adam Pelech is comfortable in his role as one of the Erie Otters’ elder statesmen, it may be because it’s a position he feels he’s played for a few years already.
Photo: Picked third overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2013 NHL Draft, Jonathan Drouin brings elite skill to an already deep and talented group of Lightning prospects. (courtesy of Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
Hockey's Future presents the top grouping of the Fall NHL Team Rankings. The staff's ranking of each NHL team's system is based on the strength of the entire prospect pool. For reference, just the top five prospects are listed. To be eligible, a prospect must meet HF's prospect criteria. The rankings are done twice a year, with this ranking meant to represent the state of the prospect pools in the early stages of the 2013-14 season.
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.