Isles Talk Draft Preview: Leon Draisaitl

June 23, 2014

It would be completely unprofessional and wrong of me if I did my own report on possible top 4 pick Leon Draisaitl when my colleague Paige did an exceptional one already. Draisaitl is, as she advertised. A good scorer, enough to be called “Germany’s Gretzky” and uses the body well to block opponents.       Player: Leon Draisaitl Position: Center Height: 6’2″ Weight: 208lbs League: WHL DOB: 10.27.1995 ISS: 6…

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Isles Talk Draft Preview: William Nylander

June 22, 2014

Add another son to this draft preview. Michael Nylander, former NHL player, most notably on the Washington Capitals now has his son, William entering the NHL draft. If you take a look at William’s numbers, don’t be deceived because he was a 17 year old playing against men. Like his father, he has the potential to play for a long time in the NHL, but like some of the others…

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Isles Talk Draft Preview: Sam Bennett

June 21, 2014

The other “Sam” in this years draft is sniper Sam Bennet. Bennet along with Sam Rinehart and Aaron Ekblad have been the consistent 1-2-3 in this draft order, so when a team selects any of these players, it really won’t matter what order as these picks will be of a team preference. A member of the gold medal winning Team Canada in the World Juniors and Ivan Hlinka Tournament, Bennet…

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Isles Talk Draft Preview: Sam Reinhart

He’s arguably the best player available in the draft. He’s also Islanders future top defenseman Griffin’s little brother. He’s Sam Reinhart. Sam captained Team Canada to the under-18 IIHF World Championships Gold Medal and racked up 105 points in 60 games in Juniors this year. If the Florida Panthers wanted a forward with the first overall pick, Reinhart is that player. He and defenseman Aaron Ekblad are the top 2 players in this…

June 20, 2014
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Isles Talk Draft Preview: Kasperi Kapanen

June 18, 2014

If there’s one thing that fans will notice, it’s that there are certain last names are coming back to the NHL. Many former NHL players’ sons are now trying to make their own names for themselves. One of them in my top 10 draft preview this year is Kasperi Kapanen, son of Sami. The one thing Kapanen has over the other draft hopefuls is that he’s playing amongst men over in…

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Isles Talk Draft Preview: Jake Virtanen

June 17, 2014

If the Islanders were to trade down, there are a few future gems that, if given the time to mature, would pay huge dividends down the road. One such person is right winger Jake Virtanen. A complete power forward, Virtanen can shoot the puck extremely hard, & is strong along the boards. He has great acceleration and speed for a power forward and can play the physical game. The question is: Can he be…

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Isles Talk Draft Preview: Aaron Ekblad

June 16, 2014

When you have to build a team from scratch, you have to have a solid foundation. Ekblad is a franchise defenceman who can log 25 minutes or more and play in all game situations.  The maturity at his age is way above most of the others. Name: Aaron Ekblad Position: Defense Height: 6’4″ Weight: 216 League: OHL DOB: 2.7.1996 (18) ISS: 2 CSS: 2 Style Comparisons: Shea Weber Season Totals: GP: 58 Goals: 23 Assists: 30 Points: 53 Put simply, he’s the best…

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Isles Talk Draft Preview: The Players

First off, Happy Father’s Day to all you dad’s out there. Second, congrats to the Stanley Cup Champions Los Angeles Kings for winning two out of the last three years. But with the completion of the Stanley Cup Playoffs means it’s time for the draft articles to begin. I personally enjoy doing this because it gives me a better chance at remembering some of these players when they make it to the…

June 15, 2014
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Snow Getting Ready For The Draft

With the signing of 2012 sixth round pick Jesse Graham, the Islanders have all but loaded up their entire organization with players from the previous drafts. I know many fans want that illustrious top winger and defenseman added to the club, but like I have stated before, where are you putting them? There’s simply no room with the big club unless you’re sending Ryan Strome or Brock Nelson to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers…

June 1, 2014
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Isles Will Keep Pick

The New York Islanders announced they will be keeping the 2014 first round (5th overall) pick. That means the Buffalo Sabres will receive the Islanders first round pick in 2015 to complete the Thomas Vanek deal. My take: Well, looks like I’ll be doing a longer Islanders Draft Preview this year! The Islanders can go multiple routes with this pick. If they do decide to draft this year, it will…

May 22, 2014
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