Welcome to the final installment of the Isles Talk Prospect Report and in this piece, we’ll be discussing the gradates of 2019. What is required for graduation? They must be drafted by the Islanders and complete their entry-level contracts. This criteria was only accomplished by three players: Michael Dal Colle, Josh Ho-Sang and Anthony Beauvillier. For the graduates I’ll go over their stats, where I rank them among other graduates after they finished their entry-level contracts (ELC) and should they be resigned to continue to grow as players.
3. Michael Dal Colle LW 2014 1st round (5th overall)
Stats (including playoffs): 33 GMS 3 G 4 A 7 Pts +/- +3
Should he be qualified?: Yes
What kind of contract?: Qualifying offer
Projection: Middle 6 LW 17-22 goals 15-20 assists 30-40 pts/yr
My Take: In a can’t miss draft, the Isles are still at the plate with Dal Colle. To his credit had the Isles taken anyone else, Dal Colle would’ve been selected next by the Vancouver Canucks, because he was that highly touted. Dal Colle needed to have a big year in his last ELC and he did just that. He earned his way to the NHL by averaging a point per game in Bridgeport and playing in 29 games for the Islanders recording 3 goals and 7 points. A late bloomer if there ever was one, I would rank Dal Colle somewhere between David Ullstrom (if you remember that name, you’re old) and the next graduate, Josh Ho-Sang, as of now would put Dal Colle at a decent call-up or a potential Steve Bernier. What keeps Dal Colle with the Islanders is the recurring injuries to Andrew Ladd, Cal Clutterbuck and the uncertainty of Anders Lee. I still believe with the coaching staff the Islanders have, you could see Dal Colle improve each year and hit the projections stated above. A left wing version to Josh Bailey? It’s possible.
2. Josh Ho-Sang RW 2014 1st round (28th overall)
Stats: 53 GMS 7 G 17 A 24 Pts +/- -4
Should he be qualified?: Yes
What kind of contract? Qualifying offer
Projection: Top 6 RW 10-15 goals 27-32 assists 45-50 pts/yr
My take: The Isles took a chance on a kid with an attitude with the 28th overall pick in the same draft as Michael Dal Colle. Did this pick pan out? If you think the Isles going 33-16-4 while he’s in the lineup as panning out, then yes he did. I had him ranked in between Michael Dal Colle and Anders Lee, so there is still that potential set up for Ho-Sang to go from a call-up to a top six forward. So why did he continue to be buried down in Bridgeport? Because his overconfidence and attitude towards the individual game took more of a precedence over the team philosophy, a philosophy that got the Isles beyond the first round and left Ho-Sang in one-and-done series with the Sound Tigers. Had Ho-Sang evolved into a team player, he would’ve replaced Josh Bailey about a year ago, before he signed his extension. Now, there’s just no spot for another assist machine on the right wing side, especially when the greatest need is scoring from the offense. In my humble opinion, despite the winning record the Islanders have with Ho-Sang, I believe a change of scenery is needed to a team that could use a set-up playmaker.
1. Anthony Beauvillier C/LW 1st round (28th overall)
Stats:(including playoffs) 226 GMS 49 G 41 A 90 Pts +/- +4
Should he be qualified? Yes
What kind of contract? Bridge deal
Projection: Middle 6 Forward 17-22 goals 15-20 assists 35-40 pts/yr
Here is one player I felt was rushed and under-developed like many before. Don’t get me wrong, Beauvillier was projected to be a third line checking center with some scoring upside and he is that, just not at center. He was pedigreed to replace Frans Nielsen, but because Beauvillier was rushed he still has not gotten a great grasp of the NHL game just yet. This is why I feel a bridge deal should benefit both the Isles and Beauvillier, to give him more time to see what his niche really is: a top 6 forward who can rack up +50 points a year or a steady middle six, two-way checking Left winger who’ll put up 40 points a year. As far as ranking graduates go, he’s in between Brock Nelson and Josh Bailey after their ELC’s concluded. As you can tell, this fits Beauvillier perfectly. It’s enough time to see what he can really achieve. With players like Kieffer Bellows and Michael Dal Colle waiting for their opportunity, Beauvillier’s time is short and nothing would shock me if he isn’t part of a trade to bring in some more scoring help, but his underdevelopment is due to the past problems of the Islanders rushing their prospects.
So this concludes this years Isles Talk Prospect Report. Tomorrow I will come out with the full ranking of prospects based off their talent potential and not how close they are to the NHL. Also tomorrow, I will be discussing the same rankings and prospects on the Isles Talk Live Cast on Facebook at 7pm, so be sure to type in Isles Talk on Facebook, like and follow and you’ll receive the notification as to when it will start.
Once the Stanley Cup Finals begin, be sure to come back here to check out the NHL Draft preview here at Isles Talk. I’ll go over the top 10-15 players and I will also come up with a “wish-list” of five players I believe the Islanders will draft with the 23rd overall pick. See you tomorrow on the Isles Talk Live Cast.
Don’t forget to check out the other prospects (Juniors, College & Professionals) before leaving so you get a better understanding of what the Isles have in the system.
PK (Twitter: @P_Kreischer)