First Round Position: 1st
Best Picks of last 3 Years:
Kyle Okposo (RW) – 1st round 2006
Josh Bailey (C) – 1st round 2008
Kirill Petrov (RW) – 3rd round 2008
Aaron Ness (D) – 2nd round 2008
Jason Gregoire (LW) – 3rd round 2007
Coming Down the Pipe - Both Kyle Okposo and Josh Bailey are already contributing at the NHL level. Thanks to GM Garth Snow's decision to commit to a true rebuild, the organization has acquired and used a lot of draft picks over the last few years by trading off veteran players at the NHL deadline. Snow has also shown a talent for trading down in the draft, still getting their man while adding even more assets in the process. The Islanders have solid prospects in their system at all positions although one might argue that in goal is where they may be the thinnest.
Draft Trends - The Islanders have shown no heavy preference to league, nationality or position in recent drafts having plucked players from just about everywhere imaginable. They have drawn from the USHL, High School and Jr. ‘A’ a total of 12 times in the last 3 years.
Millard: John Tavares -The Islanders want a middleman for Kyle Okposo and it will be a tough sell to their fans if they turn down a potential 50-goal scorer. They need to make a splash and Tavares will deliver.
Flaming: Victor Hedman – The Islanders can't afford to be wrong and despite both being labelled as potential franchise players, Hedman may be considered more of a "safer" pick than Tavares. What you see is what you get; there are no surprises with the big Swede.