Isles Talk 2023 Draft Rankings: Top 75

It’s that time of year again folks and I have to say about this years draft is that it is deep, but I’m not big on the hype as many have advertised it to be. In recent times, the 2015 and 2018 drafts were really good, especially for the New York Islanders and after doing the research, I can tell you everyone’s draft board will be ruined after pick 17 or 18, which is probably why Islanders general manager, Lou Lamoriello decided it was safer to trade and sign Bo Horvat in the middle of last season. I’m looking to see a lot of forwards get taken in the first ten, but after that I’m sitting back and watching the fireworks. Connor Bedard is the obvious number one, but I’ll be intrigued who goes at two. As for the Islanders, unless a trade is made to move up in the draft, they’ll pick in the 2nd round with the 49th overall pick. You’ll see my Wish List of 5-6 players come out over the weekend. So here we go:

1. Connor Bedard, C, Regina (WHL)

2. Adam Fantilli, C, Michigan (NCAA)

3. Matvei Michkov, RW, Sochi (KHL)

4. Leo Carlsson, C, Orebro (Swe.)

5. Will Smith, C, NTDP (USHL)

6. Zach Benson, LW, Winnipeg (WHL)

7. Dalibor Dvorsky, C, AIK (Swe.)

8. Ryan Leonard, RW, NTDP (USHL)

9. Oliver Moore, C, NTDP (USHL)

10. Axel Sandin Pellikka, D, Skelleftea (Swe.)

11. Colby Barlow, RW, Owen Sound (OHL)

12. Eduard Sale, LW, Kometa Brno (Cze.)

13. David Reinbacher, D, Kloten (Swi.)

14. Brayden Yager, C, Moose Jaw (WHL)

15. Andrew Cristall, LW, Kelowna (WHL)

16. Nate Danielson, C, Brandon (WHL)

17. Matthew Wood, LW, UConn (NCAA)

18.  Cal Ritchie, C, Oshawa (OHL)

19. Samuel Honzek, LW, Vancouver (WHL)

20. Gabe Perreault, LW, NTDP (USHL)

21. Mikhail Gulyayev, D, Omsk (Rus.)

22. Otto Stenberg, C, Frolunda (Swe.)

23. Riley Heidt, C, Prince George (WHL)

24. Quentin Musty, LW, Sudbury (OHL)

25. Gavin Brindley, RW, Michigan (NCAA)

26. Daniil But, LW, Yaroslavl (Rus.)

27. Ethan Gauthier, RW, Sherbrooke (QMJHL)

28. Tom Willander, D, Rogle (Swe.)

29. Dmitri Simashev, D, Yaroslavl (Rus.)

30. Lukas Dragicevic, D, Tri-City (WHL)

31. Oliver Bonk, D, London (OHL)

32. Kasper Halttunen, RW, HIFK (Fin.)

33. Jayden Perron, RW, Chicago (USHL)

34. Charlie Stramel, C, Wisconsin (NCAA)

35. Caden Price, D, Kelowna (WHL)

36. Tanner Molendyk, D, Saskatoon (WHL)

37. Gracyn Sawchyn, C, Seattle (WHL)

38. William Whitelaw, RW, Youngstown (USHL)

39. Michael Hrabal, G, Omaha (USHL)

40. Bradly Nadeau, C, Penticton (BCHL)

41. Koehn Ziemmer, RW, Prince George (WHL)

42. Theo Lindstein, D, Brynas (Swe.)

43. Hunter Brzustewicz, D, Kitchener (OHL)

44. Trey Augustine, G, NTDP (USHL)

45. Beau Akey, D, Barrie (OHL)

46. Nick Lardis, RW, Hamilton (OHL)

47. Oscar Fisker Molgaard, C, HV71 (Swe.)

48. Luca Cagnoni, D, Portland (WHL)

49. Carson Rehkopf, C, Kitchener (OHL)

50. Cam Allen, D, Guelph (OHL)

51. Aram Minnetian, D, NTDP (USHL)

52. Kalan Lind, LW, Red Deer (WHL)

53. Maxim Strbak, D, Sioux Falls (USHL)

54. Lenni Hameenaho, LW, Assat (Fin.)

55. Luca Pinelli, LW, Ottawa (OHL)

56. Etienne Morin, D, Moncton (QMJHL)

57. Etienne Morin, D, Moncton (QMJHL)

58. Alex Ciernik, LW, Sodertalje (Swe.)

59. Carson Bjarnason, G, Brandon (WHL)

60. Danny Nelson, RW, NTDP (USHL)

61. David Edstrom, C, Frolunda (Swe.)

62. Noah Dower Nilsson, LW, Frolunda (Swe.)

63. Anton Wahlberg, C, Malmo (Swe.)

64. Mathieu Cataford, C, Halifax (QMJHL)

65. Adam Gajan, G, Chippewa (NAHL)

66. Roman Kantserov, RW, Magnitogorsk (Rus.)

67. Timur Mukhanov, LW, Omsk (Rus.)

68. Jakub Dvorak, D, Liberec (Cze.)

69. Coulson Pitre, RW, Flint (OHL)

70. Nico Myatovic, C, Seattle (WHL)

71. Jacob Fowler, G, Youngstown (USHL)

72. Alexander Rykov, RW, Magnitogorsk (Rus.)

73. Andrew Gibson, D, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)

74. Denver Barkey, RW, London (OHL)

75. Aydar Suniev, LW, Penticton (BCHL)

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