New York Islanders 2015 NHL Draft Recap

iss_recapnyislandersWith the 2015 NHL Draft completed, International Scouting Services recaps and identifies key up and coming prospects. 

September 4, 2015 [Waterloo, ON] ISS Hockey recaps the top prospects drafted by New York Islanders in the 2015 NHL Draft, held on June 26-27, 2015 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida:

Top Prospects Drafted by the New York Islanders in the 2015 NHL Draft

ISSOv.NamePosBirth DateHeightWeightTeamLeague
816BARZAL, MathewC5/26/19975.11.25175SeattleWHL
4128BEAUVILLIER, AnthonyLW6/8/19975.10.25173ShawiniganQMJHL
7482VANDE SOMPEL, MitchellLD2/11/19975.1182OshawaOHL
54112WOTHERSPOON, ParkerLD8/24/19976.00.25171Tri-CityWHL
94147PILON, RyanLD10/10/19966.02206BrandonWHL
NA172SONG, AndongLD1/31/19976.00155Lawrenceville HSNJ-HS
143202HANSSON, PetterRD5/16/19966.01176LinkopingSweE
June 26-27, BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida

ISS Scouts have been tracking prospects eligible for the NHL Draft for years (typically from the age of fourteen), so they have unique knowledge of strengths, weaknesses and probabilities for success at the NHL level. ISS Hockey scouts identify prospects that have been chosen by the New York Islanders in past drafts and provide a brief summary of how these drafted players will influence the team:

Mathew Barzal (ISS Ranked #8in 2015, Overall drafted #16 in 2015 NHL Draft) – The Islanders have no shortage of raw skill in their prospect pool and they continue to add to that in 2015 with the selection of Barzal. He brings a highly intelligent and fluid skating offensive game although possesses the work ethic to make him effective in all zones. New York will be patient with him as he is a high risk, high reward prospect similar to a lot of prospects in the system, he will need more time in the WHL and AHL before making the jump.

Michael Dal Colle (ISS Ranked #3 in 2014, Overall drafted #5 in 2014 NHL Draft) – The highly touted 5th overall selection in 2014 possesses imposing size and natural offensive talents while bringing a reliable two-way mindset. After a strong year with the Memorial Cup Champion Generals, Dal Colle was a consistent threat as he dominated in the playoffs and into the Memorial Cup. He will push for locking up a roster spot this season with the Islanders and we’re sure the New York brass believe he is ready to make the jump.

Ryan Strome (ISS Ranked #NA in 2011, Overall drafted #5 in 2011 NHL Draft) – The common theme for the Islanders when drafting over the past few years has been high risk, high reward players who possess the skill-set but have other question marks surrounding their games. Strome fits into this category as although he is incredibly talented offensively, some would question his size and ability to translate as an impactful forward. After 4 years of development between the OHL and the AHL, Strome continues to find his game and put together an excellent full season last year.

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Josh Ho-Sang (ISS Ranked #18 in 2014, Overall drafted #28 in 2014 NHL Draft) – Although he has yet to make an impact at the highest level, Ho-Sang possesses the raw talent that would be amongst the top of the 2014 NHL draft class but wasn’t taken until the last couple picks in the 1st round. The elusive, offensive dynamo Ho-Sang shows the potential to be a game changer while being a fan favourite as he is constantly generating highlight reel scoring chances.

“The Islanders have been in a steady rebuild and continue to find key pieces through the draft that will bring them over the hump”, says ISS Hockey Director of Scouting Dennis MacInnis. “With the current youth movement of Tavares, Strome, Nelson, Bailey and Leddy to name a few currently making an impact on the Isles roster combined with the up and coming prospects of Barzal, Connor, Pulock, Dal Colle, Ho-Sang and goaltenders Sorokin, Soderstrom; there is a bright future ahead for this franchise. Taking the risk on highly skilled and talented hockey players is looking to pay rewards as the New York Islanders are steadily developing into an NHL force.”

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