Draft Preview #3: Alexander Wennberg

So, how many want a second line Center like a Frans Neilsen but with more of a goal scorers touch? Look no further than Alexander Wennberg. Again, I’ll be surprised if he stays this long in the draft, but by 15 he would be a steal. Probably the best two-way European in this draft and he can also play any forward position. Wennberg has already participated in 50 games of…

June 28, 2013
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Draft Preview: #4 Bo Horvat

Bo Horvat comes in at number 4 in my Isles Talk draft preview. I have to say that there is a big drop after the number 4 spot and it’s virtually a tie from 2-4 in my rankings for each player and many other analysts have picked Horvat to be selected by the Islanders. The reason he is not higher on my list is the potential need in Bridgeport in…

June 26, 2013
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Draft Preview #5: Adam Erne

Coming in at number 5 for the Isles Talk Preview is RW Adam Erne. Two words: Power Forward. He’s been moving up in my rankings because at the beginning of the season, he was marked to be a top 10 pick. Lofty expectations not being met by Erne and he has slowly dropped into the middle of the first round. But make no mistake, teams like Toronto or San Jose…

June 25, 2013
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Draft Preview: #6 Josh Morrissey

Moving up the rankings to number 6 is probably the biggest mover so far in my draft preview, D Josh Morrissey.  To be honest, he’s moved up on everyone’s list because he was that good this year. He was expected to be drafted possibly in the lower second round, possibly upper third but because of vast improvements, he’s now a definite first rounder.   Morrissey played in a top pairing defensman…

June 25, 2013
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Draft Preview: #7 Curtis Lazar

Counting down in our Isles Talk draft preview at number 7 is Curtis Lazar. A month ago, he wasn’t even on the radar, but due to his improved play in the second half and his playoff run with the Edmonton Oil Kings, Lazar has moved his rankings upward in every draft and rankings. Again with the amount of talent in this years draft, it will not surprise me one bit…

June 20, 2013
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Ullstrom Not Returning To The Islanders

From Ullsrtom himself via Twitter: So Excited for this new adventure with Lokomitiv. Can this season start already! Thank you to the Islanders organisation, teammates and fans for three unforgettable years. We created memories that will remain forever. Thx I’m not really surprised by this move. Ullstrom is a third line two-way forward who was going to eventually be replaced by Petrov in two years. With Colin McDonald signed on…

June 19, 2013
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Draft Preview #8: Frederik Gauthier

If there was ever a sleeper pick, it could be Gauthier. He’s a man among boys and he just turned 18 in April. If the Islanders don’t choose him with the number 15 pick in this years 2013 draft, it’s certainly not from a potential talent stand point.  Make no mistake, this prospect has all the tools to be a solid top six forward for years to come. He just may…

June 18, 2013
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Petrov New York Bound….Eventually

From RSports:  The New York Islanders have given Kirill Petrov the incentive of a guaranteed place in the roster to ensure he switches to the NHL when his contract in Russia expires a year from now, his agent says. The article goes on to say, that Petrov still has one year remaining on his KHL contract with Ak Bars Kazan and may not come over until he finishes his contract….

June 16, 2013
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Draft Preview: #10 Andre Burakowsky

  Starting off our Isles Talk draft preview list is number #10 Andre Burakowsky. He’s a left winger from Sweden playing for Malmo but has also seen plenty of international experience playing in the under 18 World Junior Championships along with several other international junior tournaments. He comes in at number 10 because he’s a big hit or miss prospect. However if he hits, he’s the real deal.

June 14, 2013
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