The second round came and went for the Islanders and they secured some long term player who, like many, still need time do develop, not to mention getting another “boom or bust pick” at number 200, but if patience is preached could bold very well for the Islanders. I’ll go each player right now.
Ilya Sorokin G: Folks, here is Kevin Poulin’s replacement in two years. The writing is on the wall for Poulin as Sorokin has been playing in the KHL and gaining experience playing against men. Sorokin’s athletic ability is phenomenal. Lucky for him because he not postionally sound. He has the tendency to be too aggressive, but he’s young and with another year in the KHL, will be a great asset for Bridgeport and the Isles in the near future. I’ve been told to think of an early years M.A Fleury.
Linus Soderstrom G: I swear if this kid wears an all wire caged mask, I’m going to flip. This isn’t the first time the Isles have had a Soderstrom as a goalie. Former Islanders goalie Tommy & Linus both live in the same town, but they are not related. Unlike the former, the latter appears to have a brighter future. He controls the rebounds better than most and he was ranked 3rd in Central Scouting for goalies. He also has a Carey Price like calmness about him so, he doesn’t crack on pressure. He’s signed through the 2015-16 season in the SEL, so there is no rush to bring him over.
Devon Toews D & Kyle Schempp F: Both players are very good in their respected colleges. But here’s the thing, they were both 20yr old rookies. To me, that’s similar to and over ager in Juniors. I have no doubt they have the talent and I do hope they succeed as they are both attending Quinnipiac and Ferris State, two quality schools, but I could see both players going to Bridgeport in 2 years because their development will be done in college. Maybe Toews takes a little more time due to the depth in Bridgeport right now, but I have no doubt Bridgeport is looking better.
Lukas Sutter C: Yes, this Sutter is part of the royal hockey family. He was originally supposed to go in the late third or early fourth round in the 2012 draft, but the Winnipeg Jets drafted him in the second round. Before he was drafted he put up some really nice numbers, but the following year, he was put on the 4th line and his production just died. He was traded to his uncle Brett’s (former Islander) Red Deer team and looked like he was getting his game back when he had to go through reconstructive shoulder surgery which shortened his junior season and limited him to just 45 games this year. The biggest boom or bust in the lower round for sure. Should be on Bridgeport’s team next year and with some consistency, might prove to be a huge hit for Snow. (Stick tap to Artic Ice Hockey)
Final thoughts: I don’t use a grading system on players just drafted. Was this an overall good draft by the Islanders? Yes. After what Islanders General Manager Garth Snow did in the first round and to get a few players with some potential, especially in Bridgeport, in the later rounds, and getting Sebastian Collberg, a player who flying under the radar for now, only increases a long run into the playoffs for both teams. Not going to lie here, but with the two first rounder of Dal Colle and Ho-Sang, the Islanders are finished rebuilding through the draft. Just by drafting alone, the Islanders are no more than two years away from consistent playoff berths. What remains to be seen is how this years free agency turns out, but that’s an article for another day.