THE NEXT GENERATION

Islanders re-tool their system with 13 strong picks from a deep 2008 NHL Entry Draft

Saturday, 06.21.2008 / 4:35 PM ET / News
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THE NEXT GENERATION

Just one year ago, GM Garth Snow and his scouts needed to wait 61 positions before picking Sarnia Sting defenseman Mark Katic in the third round. What a difference a year makes. By the time 62 rolled around at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, the Islanders had already drafted four players, including Josh Bailey, ninth overall, and three players in the second round.

The Islanders made three picks in the third round and two in rounds four to six to close out a busy weekend in Ottawa. At the end, the Islanders added 13 new prospects to their system thanks to some late trading at the draft.

"You always leave a draft excited about the players you pick," said Assistant GM/Director of Amateur Scouting Ryan Jankowski. "This draft was much more exciting than last year. We were able to capitalize on the picks we obtained throughout the season and draft a lot of players who bring skill and upside to our system. We picked a nice group of high-skill and high-character forwards and a good mix of physical and small defenseman, who all have potential to take their skills to the NHL some day. It's a tremendous feeling adding so many players to the organization. Now the next step is to develop them into NHL-caliber players."

For those keeping score at home, four centers (Bailey, Corey Trivino at 36th overall, David Toews at 66th and Justin DiBenedetto at 175th), five defensemen (Aaron Ness at 40th, Travis Hamonic at 53rd, Jyri Niemi at 72nd, Matt Donovan at 96th and Jared tSpurgeon at 156th), three wings (Kirill Petrov at 73rd, David Ullstrom and 102nd and Matthew Martin at 148th) and one goaltender (Kevin Poulin at 126th) were selected by the Islanders at this draft.

Eight players chosen were Canadian, two were American and one each came from Russian, Sweden and Finland. Last year, the Islanders drafted no players from outside of North America.

Islanders scouts indicated that the Canadian Junior Leagues were strong this year, particularly the OHL, which the Islanders selected three players from, with two playing on the same line in Sarnia. The WHL had two representatives join the Islanders' ranks, while one came from the QMJHL. Two Minnesota prep school kids were added and one hailed from the USHL. Three played over in Europe and one played tier-2 Canadian junior hockey so he would be eligible to play US college hockey next season.


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From The Hockey News

"Here's a breakdown of the best tools available in this year's draft..."

Best Playmaker

Corey Trivino, C, Stouffville Spirit (OPJHL) >>> Consider this: when Adam Oates was 17, he had 36 assists in the Ontario Junior A league. A year later, he had 53. Well, Trivino had 34 and 50 at 17 and 18, respectively. The unheralded forward is a dominant force on the power play, moving the puck east-to-west with ease.

Best Intangibles

David Toews, C/LW, Shattuck-St. Mary's (USHS) Like his brother, David can be counted on to do special things when the game is on the line. Case in point: At the 2007 Canada Winter Games, Toews dragged the underdog Team Manitoba into the Gold Medal game.


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CLICK HERE FOR THE ISLANDERS DRAFT CENTRAL 2008

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 7 2 4 2 6
J. Bailey 7 2 3 1 5
N. Leddy 7 0 5 0 5
R. Strome 7 2 2 1 4
K. Okposo 7 2 1 1 3
C. Clutterbuck 7 2 1 1 3
B. Nelson 6 2 0 1 2
F. Nielsen 7 1 1 -1 2
N. Kulemin 7 1 1 0 2
L. Visnovsky 4 0 2 5 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 3 4 1 .926 2.30
M. Neuvirth 0 0 0 1.000 0.00

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