Islanders pick Petter Hansson at No. 202

The Islanders drafted Petter Hansson with their seventh round pick, No. 202 overall, in Saturday’s NHL Draft.

Hansson, 19, is a 6-foot-1, 176-pound Swedish defenseman whom ranked the 181st prospect in this year’s draft.

He totaled 15 goals and 19 assists in 38 games with Linköping J20 last season.


Islanders draft Andong Song in sixth round

The Islanders drafted Andong Song with the 172nd pick in the NHL Draft on Saturday.

Song, 18, is the first Chinese-born player to be drafted.

Song is a 6-foot-1, 194-pound defenseman who scored 10 points in 26 games for Lawrence Academy (N.J.) last season.

“When I was starting out hockey, there were maybe less than 200 people playing at the time,” Song said on NHL Network.

Song started playing hockey when he was about 7, then moved to Oakville, Ontario when he was 10.

“More rinks are being built around the city,” Song said about the hockey landscape in China since he left. “It’s starting to grow.”

Song will play a postgrad season at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts.


Islanders acquire 147th overall pick, draft Ryan Pilon

crop_876076_27_1395758124The Islanders drafted defenseman Ryan Pilon with the 147th overall draft pick after acquiring it from the Florida Panthers (Islanders, 12:47 p.m.).

In exchange for the pick, the Isles traded a 2016 5th round pick.

Pilon recorded 52 points (11 goals, 41 assists) in 68 games this past season with the WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings. The 6-foot-2 left-hander is the nephew of former Islander Rich Pilon and was partnered with defensive prospect Ryan Pulock in Brandon during the 2013-14 season.

NHL Central Scouting had Pilon ranked 24th and ISS Hockey had him ranked 94th. Elite Prospects expands more on what Pilon brings to the Islanders:

A strong two-way defenceman with the work ethic, determination, and skill to get the job done in all situations. Possesses a quick, accurate release on his shot. Pilon is a smooth skater and is able to quarterback plays as he sees the ice very well. He exhibits very good decision making in all three zones.


Islanders draft Parker Wotherspoon 112th overall

MWIWgzcKWith the 112th overall pick in the 4th round of the draft, the Islanderes selected defenseman Parker Wotherspoon (Isles, 12:11 p.m.).

The British Columbia native tallied 42 points with nine goals and 33 assists in 72 games with the Tri-City Americans in the WHL last season.

He is the younger brother of Flames’ defenseman Tyler Wotherspoon.

NHL Central Scouting had him ranked 43rd and Future Considerations had him ranked 54th. More on Weatherspoon via Future Considerations:

A composed, two-way defender…a high-end skater…good acceleration to his stride and excellent top-end speed…uses his skating to create offence…handles the puck well and makes simple but effective outlet passes…possesses a hard shot with a quick release…defensively he is very smart and composed…excellent gap work and a great stick when defending both off the cycle and off the rush…not overly physical at all but does use his frame to protect pucks against the forecheck…nothings seems to faze this kid.



Isles select Mitchell Vande Sompel in 3rd round

mitchell_vande_sompel_oshawa_generalsWith the 82nd overall pick in the 2015 draft, the New York Islanders selected Mitchell Vande Sompel (Islanders, 11:35 a.m.).

Sompel picked up 12 goals and 51 assists for 63 points last season with the Oshawa Generals in the OHL. He was a teammate with the Islanders’ highly touted prospect Michael Dal Colle. NHL Central Scouting had Vande Sompel ranked  34th among North American Skaters and ISS Hockey had him ranked 54th.

More on Vande Sompel via Elite Prospects:

Vande Sompel is an undersized, but dynamic offensive defenceman. He skates well, generates lots of offense and is very smart in both zones. He could improve defensively, but has the potential to be a Dan Boyle type offensive defenceman has he continues to get stronger and grow more confident. One of the best offensive defenceman available in this years draft.

The 5-foot-10 left-handed Canadian defenseman is the Isles first pick of the second day of the draft.


Isles get the player they wanted in Mathew Barzal

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

Islanders general manager Garth Snow doesn’t make a trade without a purpose. So when the Islanders traded Reinhart for the 16th and 33rd overall picks in the draft on Friday night there was clearly a player they wanted.
Jun 26, 2015; Sunrise, FL, USA; Mathew Barzal puts on a team jersey after being selected as the number sixteen overall pick to the New York Islanders in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

And that player was Mathew Barzal.

The Islanders saw the opportunity to grab what could be the steal of the draft after Boston passed on selecting him three consecutive times. When Snow realized Barzal was still there for the taking, he made the decision to trade defenseman Griffin Rienhart to Edmonton.

“We wouldn’t have made the deal if [Barzal] wasn’t there,” Snow told the media after the draft.

The Seattle Thunderbird centerman was as surprised as anyone to hear his name called once the Islanders had the 16th overall selection. In fact the Islanders hadn’t even spoken with him before Friday’s opening round.

“At the start of the day if you told me I was going to be an Islander, I wouldn’t have believed it,” Barzal told reporters in Florida. “Giving up Griffin Reinhart, he’s a big asset. For them to jump up and pick me like that, it shows they have interest in me. You want to go to a team that really appreciates your game. I’m so happy they jumped up and grabbed me.” To read more of this story, click here

Jun 26, 2015; Sunrise, FL, USA; Anthony Beauvillier puts on a team jersey after being selected as the number twenty-eight overall pick to the New York Islanders in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Islanders trade up again, pick Anthony Beauvillier

The Islanders traded the Nos. 33 and 72 picks in Friday’s draft to the Tampa Bay Lightning for the No. 28 pick, which they used to draft Anthony Beauvillier.

The Islanders, who did not have a first-round pick entering the night, traded up into the first round for the second time.

Beauvillier is a 5-foot-10, 173-pound winger who scored 94 points this season for the QMJHL’s Shawinigan Cataractes.

From The Hockey News:

Beauvillier is yet another player who will challenge the draft’s size bias. He’s a 5-foot-10 firecracker with a lot of positives to his game. … [Via one scout] “So much drive, plays with such high pace, and he has a really good skill set. He comes every game. Blocks shots, too. As a scout, you’d pay to see him play.”

They earlier traded up to the No. 16 spot and selected Mathew Barzal (June 26, 8:59 p.m.).

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

The Islanders would only move up in the draft again if they really liked a guy and clearly that was the case here with Beauvillier. He is a bit small, but Beauvillier is quick and seems like he has a nice scoring touch. According to The Hockey News, he also has strong leadership skills. Character is one thing the Islanders value highly, along with skill, so that is likely why they liked him so much to move up in the draft.

Garth Snow kept things interesting and grabbed two quality players for the Islanders prospect pool.