10 draft prospects for the Islanders
Arthur Staple looks at ten prospects the Islanders could select in this June's draft, with scouting reports by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau's David Gregory.
Left wing, Kitchener (OHL). 53 GP, 36G, 30A, 61 PIM 6-foot-1, 207 lbs.
“He’s 6-1, but he plays a big man’s game. He can play in all situations, he’s very responsible defensively but he’s also highly skilled. He’s a player who can take over a game. It’s not unrealistic to say this type of player is NHL ready right away.”
Center, Drummondville (QMJHL). 58 GP, 36G, 60A, 36 PIM
“He’s been touted for a couple of years in the junior league and has been very, very sought-after after his underage year. I’d say he’s delivered this season. He’s a very skilled player offensively, great hands in tight spots, good release, great vision. The better the players around him, the better he can play.”
Center, Saint John (QMJHL). 67 GP, 43G, 62A, 88 PIM
“Through the course of the year, he’s just gotten better and better. His upside seems to be limitless. He’s got great on-ice vision — some of the decisions he makes, his teammates can’t keep up with him. He’s not that big now, but he’s a power-forward type and doesn’t shy away from the physical part of the game.”
Center, Red Deer (WHL). 69 GP, 31G, 75A, 51 PIM
“He could be the most dynamic player in the draft this year from North America. When he picks up the puck, you can see the other team start to back up. He moves laterally as well as he does north-south. He’s certain to be a high-end scorer in the NHL.”
Right wing, U.S. Under-18 team (USHL). 48 GP, 17G 11A, 112 PIM
“He’s the quintessential power forward — a big body and he uses it. He’s a leader for the Under-18 team and that is a big plus as well. He’s got the skill to go around you, but he’d rather make you pay in the corners. His scoring numbers are deceptive, given the number of tournaments the team plays, but he’s got ability on offense.”
Defenseman, Skelleftea (Swedish Elite League). 37 GP, 1G, 8A, 41 PIM
“He has the kind of ability to be picked No. 1 overall. He’s a big guy that moves like a little guy; just a beautiful skater for someone his size. If he doesn’t go first, he won’t last very long in the draft."
Left wing, Portland (WHL). 66 GP, 34G, 51A, 74 PIM
“He’s a high-end scorer and skilled player. He doesn’t shy away from the hard work in the corners and he gets to open space on the ice quickly. You always notice No. 27 for Portland, even on a team with so much talent. With his size he might need another year in juniors, but you could compare him to a guy like Jeff Skinner, who showed he could play in the NHL right away.”
Defenseman, Portland (WHL) Portland (WHL). 60 GP, 9G, 40A, 67 PIM
"It may be a bit of a tough comparison, but I see an awful lot of Denis Potvin in this young man. He plays such a mature game and he's a leader on a team loaded with talent."
Center, Niagara (OHL). 65 GP, 33G, 73A, 82 PIM
"A guy who was a little further down in our midseason rankings (No. 19 among North American skaters) who has just progressed an awful lot during this season for Niagara. Great playmaker, great skills."
Defenseman, Northeastern Univ. (Hockey East). 38 GP, 4G, 9A, 57 PIM
"He certainly has the size and he's shown some real good ability playing at the college level this year. He could be moving up the rankings."