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ISLANDERS TAKE OKPOSO 7TH OVERALL!

Saturday, 06.24.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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ISLANDERS TAKE OKPOSO 7TH OVERALL!
US League scorer selected 7th overall

The Islanders have selected right winger Kyle Okposo with the seventh overall selection at the 2006 NHL Entry draft in Vancouver.

Okposo tallied 27 goals, 31 assists and 58 points in 50 games during the 2005-2006 season with Des Moines of the USHL.

The University of Minnesota prospect is a steady two-way forward. Okposo can produce on the power play and contribute shorthanded as well. He'll be a nice addition to the Islanders' specialty team units.

"Kyle is a big, strong guy who runs over people," said GM Neil Smith. "Islanders fans will be excited to see him play. We had him very high on our list."

Okposo is a powerful skater who is dangerous coming out of the corners.

He takes hits well and dishes them out just as effectively. He plays hard and stickhandles well in traffic. His hard-nosed, no-quit style is complemented by his soft hands.

Okposo is not afraid to sacrifice his body to block a shot. His intelligence makes his game effective at both ends of the ice.

"Kyle has a certain edge to his game," said head coach Ted Nolan. "He drives to the net well. He's a big kid, and we're very excited to get him."

A hard-working talent is what can be expected by Islanders fans from this young phenom.


Stay tuned for more as the draft continues in Vancouver.


Kyle Okposo's Bio

Forward
Born Apr 16 1988 St. Paul, MN
Height 6.01 Weight 205
Central Scouting Rank: 11th

 

 

Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM
2005-06 Des Moines Buccaneers USHL 50 27 31 58 56

 

* 1st ROUND -  ISLANDERS TAKE OKPOSO 7th OVERALL!

* 2nd ROUND - ISLANDERS PICK JOENSUU

* 3rd ROUND - ISLANDERS TAKE FIGREN

* 4th ROUND - RAKHSHANI, WESLOSKY, MARCINKO AND ROGERS SELECTED

* 5th ROUND - SIMS AND JOHANSSON PICKED

* 6th and 7th ROUND - FINAL ROUND SELECTIONS

* MORE OF THE DRAFT CENTRAL '06

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
7 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
12 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
15 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 50 20 23 -2 43
K. Okposo 51 15 28 -9 43
F. Nielsen 53 15 19 -1 34
B. Nelson 53 20 11 -1 31
M. Grabovski 53 9 16 3 25
A. Lee 53 9 15 0 24
J. Bailey 52 9 15 4 24
N. Leddy 53 3 21 -7 24
R. Strome 42 6 15 -4 21
C. Cizikas 53 5 12 5 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 13 11 4 .918 2.27
T. Greiss 15 6 2 .929 2.24
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