Michael Dal Colle!!! According to Islanders General Manager Garth Snow via Art Staple, he does not intend on trading up in the draft so the top three of Ekblad, Reinhart, Bennet will not be falling into their laps. Draisaitl has moved up in my final rankings because it really does depend on the Calgary Flames. I know they really want Bennet, but I’m not sure who their second choice would be if Bennet is taken early. I would not be shocked if the Islanders traded down, but as of this morning there does not appear to be anything of substance that Garth is willing to take a chance on. Having said that, I have NO clue who he will draft or what his plans are. I’m confident in my top three, but in the end I don’t know what Gath’s plan is. Here are my Final Rankings:
1. Michael Dal Colle F
2. Leon Draisaitl C
3. Nikolaj Ehlers F
4. Jake Virtanen RW
5. Nick Ritchie LW
6. William Nylander C
7. Kasperi Kapanen RW
8. Sam Bennet C
9. Sam Reinhart C
10. Aaron Ekblad D
Scenarios: (Side note: If the Isles pick anyone in Bold I will do a review later on them.)
Now Garth does have a history of trading second round picks and landing a first (see Brock Nelson)and could do that again this year. The Stanley Cup Champions Los Angeles Kings are picking 29th respectfully, but are one of the lowest ranking teams for having draft prospects in the League. I could see the Isles trading up to 29th and if they could get either of these two players: Jakub Vrana C , or Brendan Lemieux LW the Islanders have done a great job, in my humble opinion.
Now if that doesn’t work, the Islanders will be selecting twice in the second round. Any one of these three would be a steal in this round: Mason McDonald G, Marcus Petterson D, or John Quenneville C
Edgars Kudla LW
Now as a personal favorite of mine, I would love for the Islanders to draft Dominic Turgeon C. When they draft him, give him number 77 and I would buy that jersey and get him and his dad, Pierre to sign it.
I hope everyone has enjoyed the Isles Talk Draft Preview for this year. I will be on twitter around 11:00 am at @Netminder39 and if there is anything else going on I’ll be posting stuff here on Isles Talk.