30 in 30 New York Islanders




It has been an eventful offseason in Brooklyn, and the Islanders will ice a very different roster in 2016-17. While free agent signings Andrew Ladd, Jason Chimera and Pierre-Alexander Parenteau will help the Islanders in competing next season, the team has also done a lot to set themselves up for longer term success.

Draft Recap

The Isles went into the 2016 NHL Draft weekend in Buffalo a little light on picks. While they still had their first rounder, they had already traded their second and third round selections to add roster pieces (Johnny Boychuk and Shane Prince, respectively). With only one pick in the top 90, Garth Snow and company made some unorthodox choices with the team’s later round picks in an attempt to find value. This strategy led to the addition of a lot of skill to the prospect pool.

1st Round (19th Overall) – Kieffer Bellows, U.S. National Development Program (USDP)

The Islanders added to their stable of impressive forward prospects by selecting Kieffer Bellows, one of the best pure goals scorers in the draft. Bellows became only the second player in the history of the U.S. National U18 team to score 50 goals in a single USDP season. He also added a very respectable 16 goals and 32 points in 26 games for the USNTDP Junior team that competes in the USHL.

Bellows has a knack for getting open, and has a good enough shot to take advantage when his teammates find him in space. He thrived at the U18 World Championships playing with Coyotes’ first rounder Clayton Keller. He could look awfully good on Mathew Barzal’s wing in a few seasons. Bellows has committed to Boston University, and figures to be one of the top freshmen in the NCAA next year. It is not difficult to imagine him as a mainstay on the Islanders roster by the 2018-19 season.

{source}<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Kautonen also said on Kieffer Bellows: &quot;Similar to Barzal at 16 last year, we were shocked Kieffer was there at 19. We had him much higher.&quot;</p>&mdash; Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) <a href="https://twitter.com/StapeNewsday/status/746759759081181185">June 25, 2016</a></blockquote>

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Highlights of Bellows from the 2016 U18 World Championships in Grand Forks:



4th Round (95th Overall) – Anatoli Golyshev, Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg (KHL)

The Islanders, having sat out rounds two and three, decided to make a deal to move up to 95th overall spot. The price for this pick was the 110th overall pick in the 2016 draft and a 6th round pick in 2017. The Isles promptly selected Anatoli Golyshev, who was the fourth leading goal scorer in the KHL in 2015-16. Golyshev was born in February of 1995, meaning he had been passed up in three drafts prior to being selected by New York. He drew the attention of scouts this past year with his 25 goal season for Avtomobilist. To put that number in perspective, Alexander Radulov has only managed to net 25 goals one time in his eight campaigns in Russia. However, it should be noted that Golyshev was assisted by an 18.7% shooting percentage in 2015-16, a rate he is unlikely to replicate going forward.

A lot of the intrigue surrounding Golyshev has to do with his age.  As an older prospect, he will require less development time before challenging for a roster spot. He will return to the KHL for the 2016-17 season, and has a contract with Avtomobilist that runs until 2019. However, the Islanders have expressed optimism that he cou