A quick look at some of the recent draft picks who may end up vying for roster spots in the next season or two, and how their seasons are finishing up:

Ryan Strome (2011 first-round pick):

After missing some time with facial fractures, Strome has resumed his point-producing ways for Niagara of the Ontario League, posting 30 goals and 38 assists in just 46 games. He already has five points in the first two playoff games for the IceDogs. He will surely get a look through training camp next season and into the nine-game stint allowed before he either needs to stay for the full NHL season or go back to juniors; he'll need to prove he can withstand the physical toll of the NHL game, or he'll most likely need another year of building up his body before he reaches the big club. Most likely spot for next season: juniors

Anders Lee (2009 sixth-round pick):

The big winger informed GM Garth Snow last weekend that he'll be returning to Notre Dame for his junior year. That may have been a surprise, but the 21-year-old Lee, who had 17 goals and 17 assists for the Irish this season, is a very independent young man: He chose hockey over football despite being one of Minnesota's top quarterbacks in high school. Another year closer to his degree won't hurt his chances of stepping right into an Islander uniform, either next spring or for 2013-14. Next season: Notre Dame

Brock Nelson (2010 first-round pick):

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Among the most improved players in college hockey this season, Nelson has piled up 27 goals in 40 games for North Dakota, which began its quest for a national title on Saturday. The 6-4 center has added muscle and grit to his game and Snow will be looking to sign Nelson as soon as North Dakota's tournament run ends; he could be in Bridgeport in time for the Sound Tigers' postseason to begin. Next season: Bridgeport

Kirill Kabanov (2010 third-round pick):

The mercurial forward had a solid season for Shawnigan of the Quebec League, going 21-34-55 in 50 games. He also had a goal in the team's playoff opener on Friday, so Kabanov is doing what he needs to. The Isles will give him a look at Bridgeport next season to see if he's mature enough to handle the pro game. Next season: Bridgeport

Brenden Kichton (2011 fifth-round pick):

He turned some heads in last summer's rookie camp and, despite being a bit small (6-feet, 190 pounds), has continued to do so in the Western League. His 74 points led Spokane this season and earned him top defenseman honors for the WHL's Western Conference; he turns 20 in June, so the Isles may sign him to see what he can do in the minors as a start. Next season: juniors

Andrey Pedan (2011 third-round pick):

Has the size (6-4, 205) and snarl to be an enticing prospect for a team without much size on defense. He had 10 goals and 30 assists for Guelph of the OHL this season. He'll need another year in juniors to round out his game, but he is one to watch for 2013 and beyond. Next season: juniors

Kirill Petrov (2008 third-round pick):

The elusive wing had his best season yet for Ak-Bars Kazan of the KHL, scoring 16 goals as the team reached the quarterfinals. He's not eligible to sign until after the world championships in May, but it seems as if he may finally reach North American shores, at least for training camp in September. Next season: Bridgeport