Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:
PHILADELPHIA — Day 2 of the NHL Draft was an uneventful one for the New York Islanders. General Manager Garth Snow did make some trades on Saturday, but only ones to move back in the draft and acquire picks for the 2015 draft.
In all the Isles made five selections — the team’s first pick of the day did not come until the 78th overall selection — picking two goaltenders, one defenseman and two forwards. None of the Islanders draftees were in attendance at Wells Fargo Center for day 2.
The players in attendance that were selected by other teams were as happy as could be. For all of them being drafted by an NHL club was a dream come true, and it would be hard to say that the players the Islanders selected weren’t feeling the same excitement.
Up next for the Islander prospects will be mini camp, which will likely take place during the second week of July.
Michael Dal Colle seemed to be the consensus choice to be selected fifth overall by the New York Islanders.
The 18-year-old is a skilled forward who many believe will be a big asset for the Islanders. And there is no bigger believer in Dal Colle than Oshawa Generals radio broadcaster Vishal Hussain.
“He’s gonna be a guy that scores 40 goals and puts 100 points,” Hussain told SNY.tv. “He could end up being one of the best players in the NHL Entry Draft in 2014.”
The Islanders and their fan base would certainly like for that to be the case. Dal Colle has said he wants to be in the NHL next season, but many, including Hussain, believe he is still a year away.
“I think he should have another year in the [OHL],” Hussain said. “Selfishly I’d like him back in Oshawa as well. He’s a special talent, he’s in line to be the best player in the OHL next season and he needs to bulk up. His 200 foot game still needs to come in, his skating still needs to improve, so I’d say a year away would probably be a good bet scenario. Maybe even two years.
“… It could be two years, but I think one year to get where he needs to be is a safe bet.”
Thanks to Jeff Cox of SB Nation, we here at Islanders Point Blank can bring you a little more information on the Islanders 108th overall pick Devon Toews. Cox covers college hockey for SB Nation and spoke with IPB briefly at the draft.
On Toews’s game:
“He’s just a two-way defenseman and he really took a leadership role, according to [Quinnipiac University Head Coach] Rand Pecknold, among freshman defenseman. He is just a real smooth skating defenseman and he came in from juniors, and they had a great season… I’d say he can go both ways. He’s not overly big, he’s definitely not physical, but I’d say he’s a skilled defenseman”
On what Toews can work on:
“I’d say probably become a little bit more physical and just kind of work on his reads defensively. I think offensively he’s very good. Reads the puck and play well. Transitions up ice well, but I think his defensive game is, I wouldn’t call it a weakness, but I’d say what intrigued [the Islanders] the most was his offensive upside. Kind of like in a Torey Krug type mold.”
On Toews being a more offensive defenseman:
“I’d say so, yeah. And he’s definitely, I think, a guy thats gonna be a four year college player. He’s not someone thats coming out, I think he’s more of a project.”
Sonny Milano was not wearing an Islander sweater Friday night, but he likely has donned one in the past.
The Columbus Blue Jackets 16th overall pick — a native of Massapequa, NY — grew up a fan of the New York Islanders. In fact his family had season tickets.”I was a big Islander fan growing up,” Milano told reporters at the draft.
After Friday night, his allegiance has surly shifted.