2nd round, 34th overall: D Scott Mayfield – 6-4, 200 pounds, will attend University of Denver, stay-at-home defenseman
2nd round, 50th overall: C Johan Sundstrom – 6-2, 200 pounds, Frolunda (Sweden), playmaking center
3rd round, 63rd overall: D Andrei Pedan – 6-4, 200 pounds, Guelph (OHL), bruising defensive defenseman
The Islanders traded RFA Bruno Gervais for future considerations from Tampa Bay, where he will be reunited with assistant coach Daniel Lacroix.
4th round, 94th overall: D Robbie Russo – 6-0, 190 pounds, will attend Notre Dame, puck-moving defenseman
5th round, 125th overall: LW Johan Persson – 6-2, 200 pounds, Red Deer (WHL), goal scorer
5th round, 127th overall: D Brenden Kichton – 5-10, 175 pounds, Spokane (WHL) offensive dman
7th round, 184th overall: LW Mitchell Theoret – 6,1, 210 pounds, Niagara (OHL)
The Islanders bulk up on D with Mayfield and Pedan, a few big men with solid upsides. Russo has some offensive flair on the blueline and will learn his lessons well from Jeff Jackson. Sundstrom, who will continue to gain international experience, is said to be low-risk, high reward, while Persson could get to play another season with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins if the No. 1 pick returns to Red Deer.
I was contacted via text by a few scouts today who really like Kichton. From Spokane, Kichton has the skill and smarts of ex-Isles draft pick, former Chief and current Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon, but he’s a little bigger and has some room to grow. Theoret is viewed as a worthwhile project.
All of today’s draftees, if they develop well enough to make it, are at least three years away from contributing regularly in the NHL and probably more.