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

Draft Preview: William Nylander

The Islanders will select fifth at the NHL Draft on Friday night, if they don’t trade the pick. Here are the players you’ll need to know who are likely to be at the top of the draft board. 

William Nylander – Left Wing, MoDo (Sweden)

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Our final draft pick preview is the first one that takes us off the North American continent, over to Sweden where William Nylander plays. Nylander is the highest rated European prospect in the draft (if we exclude the German Draisaitl who has been playing in the WHL). But of course it’s always complicated, as Nylander was born in Calgary but raised in Sweden. He’s the son of Michael Nylander, who spent almost two decades in the NHL playing for Washington, Chicago, Calgary and others.

Nylander only spent part of last season with MoDo in Sweden’s top league, having been moved up from a team in the second division. His stats with MoDo look meek at first glance — one goal and seven points in 22 games — but it’s actually quite impressive as he’s playing in a professional men’s league as a 17-year old. He also had success in the second tier for 15 goals and 27 points in 35 games, again, against players older than him.

Oh and here’s a fun fact, Nylander’s full name is William Andrew Michael Junior Nylander Altelius.

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Draft Preview: Nick Ritchie

The Islanders will select fifth at the NHL Draft on Friday night, if they don’t trade the pick. Here are the players you’ll need to know who are likely to be at the top of the draft board. 

Nick Ritchie – Left Wing, Peterborough (OHL)

6-2, 218


Another winger at the top of the draft is Nick Ritchie, who has already filled out at around 218lbs. He’s a big bull of a power forward, fights, and has puck handling skills to boot. He’s another forward at the top of this draft who projects to being a top-six forward.

He does come with some mild injury baggage; missing two months of the 2012-13 season with a shoulder injury.

While Peterborough hasn’t been particularly good lately — made the playoffs in only one of Ritchie’s three seasons on the team — he’s been excellent putting up a shade under a point per game his first two years and then caught fire this year with 74 points and 39 goals in 64 games.

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Draft Preview: Michael Dal Colle

The Islanders will select fifth at the NHL Draft on Friday night, if they don’t trade the pick. Here are the players you’ll need to know who are likely to be at the top of the draft board. 

Michael Dal Colle – Left Wing, Oshawa (OHL)

6-2, 179

dal colle

Up next is the first true winger in our rankings, Michael Dal Colle who projects to be a big-bodied power forward who can play top-six in the NHL. Obviously, he needs to bulk up from a shade under-180lbs but he’s got he height and skills to become that kind of a player.

Dal Colle projects in the 3-6 range of the draft, probably behind the trio of centers, and could very well be available when the Islanders are up at the podium with the fifth overall pick.

This past season for Oshawa, he had 95 points and 39 goals in 65 games, which ties him for second in goals in the OHL among the 2014 draft class (with Nick Ritchie and behind Robert Fabbri). Dal Colle nearly doubled his point total from last year, when he posted 48 in 63.

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Draft Preview: Leon Draisaitl

The Islanders will select fifth at the NHL Draft on Friday night, if they don’t trade the pick. Here are the players you’ll need to know who are likely to be at the top of the draft board. 

Leon Draisaitl – Center, Prince Albert (WHL)

6-2, 208

Leon Draisaitl

Leon Draisaitl is our third profile on a trio of center that should go at the top of the draft, along with Sams Bennett and Reinhart.

Draisaitl could make some history in this draft, as he could become the highest selected German draft pick ever. Marcel Goc holds the current mark, taken 20th overall in 2001 and Draisaitl should be a sure fire top-five selection this year. (Also: Dany Healthy was born in Germany but partially raised in Canada, so we’re leaving him out on technicality)

This year in Prince Albert Draisaitl matched Reinhart with 105 points in the WHL. For what it’s worth, he did it in four extra games, 64. It was his second year in the WHL and has 162 points in 128 games between the two seasons. He additionally played a third season in the DNL, a German developmental league, prior to coming to North America and playing in the WHL. His adjustment to the North American game has been swift and impressive, nearly doubling his point and goal totals in his second WHL season.

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