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Snapshot of Day 2
*On assessing the picks, General manager Garth Snow deferred to Trent Klatt. Klatt ran the show for the Islanders in the absence of former assistant GM/ director of amateur scouting Ryan Jankowski, who was dismissed in September.
Second round, No. 34
Born: St. Louis, Missouri 10/14/92
7-9-16 in 52 games for Youngstown (USHL) "He's a big defenseman, skates very well, and he brings that physical element to the game," Klatt said. "Can move the puck and get involved offensively. Brings an element we felt we needed."
Second round (from trade with Montreal), No. 50
Born: Gothenburg, Sweden 9/21/92
1-0-1 in 41 games for Frolunda (SEL) "He's a skilled forward. People may look at the stats in the Sweish Elite League and I think they need to understand that it's like us taking a '93 [birth year] draft-eligible kid and have him playing in the American Hockey League," Klatt explained. "What happens is they play him against players that are 24, 25, 26, 27 years old and they play him on fourth line and the stats get distorted. When you see them play against players their own age, you can see the skill. We're excited to have him."
Third round (from draft selection deal with Colorado in 2010), No. 63
Born: Kaunas, Lithuania, 7/03/93
2-10-12 in 51 games for Guelph (OHL) "Really raw player there, lot of room to grow," Klatt said. "Moves the puck well, plays physical. Has that tangible toughness."
Fourth round , No. 95
Born: Westmount, IL, 2/15/93
3-19-22 in 52 games for USA U-18 (USHL) "He's not the biggest guy in the world but he's got hockey smarts," Klatt said. "He moves the puck well, has an offensive element. Can play on the power play and distribute the puck well. Not necessarily going to get that physical element from him but his smarts are his biggest asset."
Fifth round, No. 125
Born: Ostersund, Sweden, 5/18/93
33-28-61 in 68 games for Red Deer (WHL) "A little older but we feel he has a great set of hands. Has the ability to score goals and he's gonna be a good kid to track and follow."
Fifth round (from draft selection deal with Atlanta in 2010) No. 127
Born: Edmonton, Alberta, 6/18/92
23-58-81 in 64 games for Spokane (WHL) "Had one of those years where his game just went to another level. When you get into those later rounds, you're looking for someone who really has something sort of extraordinary, something they can hang their hat on. We know he has good vision and good skill."
Seventh round, 185th overall
Born: Montreal, QC, 6/8/93
9-11-20 in 66 games for Niagara (OHL) "Hard worker, competitor, competitive-type kid. Played with [first-round pick] Ryan Strome so sitting with him at the table we got some good info on him."