Islanders Select Ilya Sorokin with No. 78 selection

The Islanders selected goaltender Ilya Sorokin with the No. 78 pick in the draft.

Sorokin is a member of the KHL’s Metallurg Novokuznetsk. He had a 2.90 goal against average and a .911 save percentage in 27 games last season. NHL Central Scouting ranked Sorokin fifth among European goaltenders available in the 2014 NHL draft.

The Russian goaltender stands at 6’2 and 167 lbs. Sorokin will turn 19 in August.

The Islanders traded the 65th pick to Florida to move back to 78 to make the selection. The Islanders also received a third round pick for the 2015 draft in exchange for the 65th pick.

Islanders Trade 65th Pick to Florida

The Islanders traded away their 65th pick in the NHL draft to the Florida Panthers.

In return the Islanders will received a third round selection in the 2015 NHL Draft. The Panthers used the pick to select right wing Juho Lammikko.

In case you missed it…

The Islanders promised a better season to their fans at a draft party on Friday. >>> Read more at Newsday.

It was a busy night for GM Garth Snow and the Islanders. They selected Michael Dal Colle with the 5th pick then made a trade with Tampa to grab another first round pick. >>>>Read more at Newsday. 

Snow also wasn’t worried about what the media thinks of the No. 28 pick, the controversial Josh Ho-Sang. >>> Read more in the New York Post. 

Ho-Sang has Something to Prove with Isles

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

PHILADELPHIA — Joshua Ho-Sang has something to prove and he was appreciative to the Islanders for taking the gamble of drafting him Friday night.

“I think I have 26 teams to show that they missed out,” Ho-Sang said after being selected by the Islanders. “And I definitely have to show the Islanders that they were right.”

USATSI_7971328_110579513_lowresThe 18-year-old Windsor Spitfires forward was all smiles when he met the media after being selected 28th overall after the Islander traded back into the first round to draft him. The Islanders swapped their 35th and 57th picks to Tampa Bay to be able to select Ho-Sang.

“The fact that they traded two seconds away to pick me it just shows that they believe in me,” he said. “That’s all I really need, a team behind me that believes in me and I’ll give them everything I have and I’ll push until I can’t breathe” To read more of this story, click here

Here’s Garth Snow speaking at the NHL Draft…

Snow on Ho-Sang: “He’ll Fit Right in, They **** on Me Too”

Kevin Schultz

If you’re not familiar with the Islanders newest draft pick, Joshua Ho-Sang, who they traded up to the 28th pick to get, let’s fill you in right now. Ho-Sang is an interesting player from the Kirill Kabanov school of ‘the hockey establishment thinks he has an attitude problem’. Basically, a lot of teams removed him from their draft boards for reasons not related to his on-ice talent.

On TSN after the pick, James Duthie asked Garth Snow about the attitude questions that have been asked about Ho-Sang by the Canadian media. And the glorious response:

And here’s more, which was said to print reporters:

“We didn’t want to wake up tomorrow and have any regrets, so we went for it…. We get the players that we feel can help us win a championship. I don’t give a shit what anyone else thinks… Except our fans of course.”

“We think they both have good character. These are 17-year old kids… Thank goodness when I was that age they didn’t have social media, cell phone pictures, videos. I wouldn’t be the altar boy I am today…”

To get the long story, on Ho-Sang take a look at Steve Simmons’ piece from earlier this week, it’s well worth the read (first and possibly only time I’ll ever say that about Simmons). Here’s a snippet:  To read more of this story, click here

Islanders select Josh Ho-Sang

The Islanders selected Josh Ho-Sang with the No. 28 pick in the draft.

The Isles got the pick from the Tampa Bay Lightning in return for picks No. 35 and 57. He is listed at 5 foot 11 inches and 175 pounds.

Ho-Sang is a center/right-winger, aged 18, currently playing with the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League. He was chosen to play in the 2014 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.

Ho-Sang scored 32 goals with 53 assists in 67 games for the Spitfires.

He was suspended for 15 games in April for an illegal hit.

Here’s Ho-Sang speaking after being drafted:

McKeens Draft Guide says:

  • a shifty and dynamic player whose hand skills may be the best in the draft
  • wrists are kept loose so he can easily saucer a pass or stickhandle through a maze
    of players
  • can gain the offensive zone with ease due to ability to
    back up the opposition

Future Considersations Draft Guide says that he is a top-six offensive winger and ranked him 20th overall.

Future Considerations adds, “While Ho-Sang has the potential to be an elite offensive talent, his game does have some holes in it. He needs to work on decision making, not trying to make the fancy play all the time, simplifying his game, and working on his defensive game and defensive effort to round himself out more.”

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

Joshua Ho-Sang is a player that was worth moving up for.

It is hard to say that another team was looking to select him before the Islanders next selection, but they made to get a player that has a lot of upside. Ho-Sang has a lot of offensive talent and will fit well in the Islanders future. Yes, he does come with some controversy — there has been a lot of talk about his attitude and his outspokenness — but it seems to be more overblown than anything else. He doesn’t fit into hockey’s culture because he isn’t afraid to speak his mind and that seems to be a big reason why he was still available. Other than that it’s hard to find a reason to not take Ho-Sang and turn him into an NHL talent.

Islanders select Michael Dal Colle with No. 5 pick

With the No. 5 pick of the NHL Draft, the Islanders selected left winger Michael Dal Colle.

The 18-year-old is 6 foot 2 inches tall and is listed at 184 pounds.

Dal Colle is currently playing in the Oshawa Generals in the Ontario Hockey League. Dal Colle was named to the OHL First All-Rookie Team for the 2012–13 season.

He scored 39 goals, with 56 assists, in 67 games for Oshawa in the 2013-14 season. In 2012-13, he had 15 goals and 33 assists over 63 games.

“Drafting a player of Michael’s caliber is another building block in what is an important offseason for the organization,” GM Garth Snow said in a statement. “We’re excited to see him develop into another key piece of our core. Michael has top-end offensive skill, paired with two-way instincts and hockey sense, which are assets we are thrilled to add to the Islanders.”

Here’s audio of Dal Colle speaking at the NHL Draft:

McKeens Draft Guide says:

  • “an offensive dynamo, Dal Colle’s penchant for manufacturing offensive chances is arguably the best of the draft class .. works like a surgeon to delicately weave his way inside the offensive zone making manoeuvres in tight spaces while opening up space for his perfectly timed wrist shot.”
  • “must continue to hone his stride mechanics as his skating needs refinement”
  • “highest scoring Canadian ‘96 born player in the CHL regular season he has a similar disposition to Pierre Turgeon”

Future Consideration’s Draft Guide says that most scouts love that Dal Colle has so much room for potential that he could “become the star of this draft when we all look back 10 years from now.”

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

The Islanders selected the player that was the best available Friday night in Philadelphia. Michael Dal Colle will not be a player that makes the jump right to the NHL next season, but he will have an impact in the near future.

The 18 year old likely has one more year in the OHL to develop his game more, but by all accounts general manager Garth Snow made the smart hockey decision to select Dal Colle with the Number five selection. The Oshawa General has skill, size and power that will make him a threat as he continues to mature. There is a very real chance Dal Colle could end up on the wing of Islander Captain John Tavares, who called Dal Colle to congratulate him on being drafted.

There was obviously some disappointment that the Islanders not making a trade for a more established player, but at the end of the day Snow just did not get a package that he felt was worth it. And the fact that other teams, including the Florida Panthers, didn’t bite at a trade offer should signal that Snow was not the only GM not intrigued by offers made.

NHL Draft Live Blog

7:00pm: Roll has been called, with Philadelphia fans showing their usual hospitality, and draft will begin momentarily

6:19pm: The draft floor at Wells Fargo Center. Media given “10 minute warning” to clear the draft floor.

Draft Floor

6:17pm: After all that, the Panthers are likely to hold onto their top pick.

5:30pm How the new cap affects the Isles:


The upper limit of the salary cap will be $69 million this season. (Cap Geek, Elliotte FriedmanDarren DregerAaron Ward)

“Growth factor was at $68M,new TV money brought in a year early would raise it to $70M so both parties split the difference at $69M. ” (Ward)

The salary floor will be $51 million.

4:20pm  Darren Dreger reports that after three trade today, the Canucks may now be looking to trade up to the #1 pick.

4:17pm Here’s your Leafs rumor du jour! It’s not big hockey day if there isn’t a wild Leafs rumor.

And the Coyotes have officially decided to buyout Mike Ribiero. GM Don Maloney cites from behavorial issues for Ribiero, which not what I expected to hear.

4:15pm Another trade from the Canucks. They’ve dealt their third rounder in this draft for the Rangers’ Derek Dorsett. He had 128 PIM, 8 points in 51 games for the Rangers this season.

3:30pm The Canucks have traded Jason Garrison to Tampa Bay for the 50th pick (2nd round) and a 7th round pick in 2015 To read more of this story, click here