New York Islanders: August 30 in 30

Peter Harling

2016-08-19

NYI

The Islanders continue to boast one of the best prospect pools in the league. The talent they have up front is unparalleled, with the possible exception of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The impressive part about the Islanders is that they have, for the most part, been able to accumulate this talent using mid to late first round picks. Garth Snow and his staff look like they had another strong draft in 2016, securing Kieffer Bellows early and then taking gambles on high upside players like Anatoli Golyshev and David Quenneville in the later rounds.

All that being said, it was not a banner year for Islanders’ prospects in 2015-16. With a few notable exceptions, the prospects in the system produced generally mixed results. Michael Dal Colle, for example, had a lethargic start in his 20 year old OHL season before exploding after a trade to Kingston. Ryan Pulock finally cracked the Islanders’ roster and showed strong possession numbers in his 15 NHL games, but saw his AHL goal totals fall from 17 in 2014-15 to just seven in 2015-16. Linus Soderstrom had strong numbers in the second division of Swedish hockey, but saw limited ice in a back-up role. These are not necessarily reasons to panic, but it wouldn’t be accurate to declare the year an unbridled success either.

Depth Chart

Rank

Left Wing

Center

Right Wing

 

Left Defence

Right Defence

Goalie

1

Kieffer Bellows

Anthony Beauvillier

Joshua Ho-Sang

Adam Pelech

Ryan Pulock

Ilya Sorokin

2

Michael Dal Colle

Mathew Barzal

Taylor Cammarata

Parker Wotherspoon

David Quenneville

Jean-Francois Berube

3

Anatoli Golyshev

Carter Verhaeghe

Kirill Petrov

Mitchell Vande Sompel

Scott Mayfield

Linus Soderstrom

4

Shane Prince

Kyle Schempp

 

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