Sign in with your NHL account:
  • Submit
  • Or
  • Sign in with Google
 

LIODICE: MOCK DRAFT QUOTES

The experts weigh in on the pluses and minuses of potential Islander picks

Wednesday, 06.23.2010 / 11:33 PM / News
By Tom Liodice
X
Share with your Friends


LIODICE: MOCK DRAFT QUOTES
Mock drafts are all the rage this time of year.

Experts around the hockey world, scouts, and teams stir up conversation on whether or not a certain player should be ranked higher than the other, or if this goalie is better than that goalie.

Now it's no secret that the perennial 1-2 combination with most likely consist of Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin in some order. So we checked in with NHL Director of Central Scouting E.J. McGuire to find out a little more about the No. 3-5 ranked North American skaters in the Draft: Erik Gudbranson, Cam Fowler, and Brandon Gormley.

On Gudbranson: "(He's) more of an NHL all-around defenseman with size, speed, skill and meanness. He has got a meanness that would remind one of Dion Phaneuf or Chris Pronger. High, yet unrealized potential."

On Fowler: "He's more of a niche player in an offensive contributor category. He was a key cog in quarterbacking the Windsor Spitfires Memorial Cup championship team on the power play. A lot of his shots didn't get through to the net in a goals point of view (8 G, 55 GP). But he sure made up for that in vision with 45 assists in 55 games is pretty darn impressive. He will be ready to step into the National Hockey League as a power play contributor next year. On a projection point of view, there's reason to believe to be a Jack Johnson or Erik Johnson point of view."

On Gormley: "Confidence and poise. Excellent puck handler and an excellent decision maker. He makes a great first pass. His Moncton Wildcats team were in the Memorial Cup largely because of his stellar play of defense."

With that in mind, NewYorkIslanders.com caught up with various TV, print and online personalities concerning those prospects, and some even weigh in with some draft predictions....

"In my mind, the Islanders need at least one franchise defenceman moving forward. We saw in these playoffs what a difference they can make, especially the likes of Pronger and Keith. Assuming Hall and Seguin go first and second, that will leave at least one of Erik Gudbranson, Brandon Gormley or Cam Fowler available on defence. I think Fowler, an excellent skater and puck mover, would be a great fit for the Isles.

If he's developed properly -- likely starting with a return for at least one more year of junior -- then the Islanders will have a 25+ minute defenceman who can move the puck and play against other team's top players. When you look at consistently good teams, you'll find they have a mobile, puck moving defence.

With 6 picks in the top 100, this is a crucial year for the Islanders at the draft."

--Gord Miller, TSN

"In all likelihood, they'll be drafting a defenseman.  And, since word on the street is that Florida is going to take Erik Gudbrandson third, the Isles should (and will) take Cam Fowler if he's available, and if not, Bandon Gormley.  Either way, Isles fans should be excited to add another quality piece to their young core."

-- Justin Bourne, Bourne’s Blog

"(Erik) Gudbranson/(Cam) Fowler. (They can provide) defence that can play sound on the defensive side of the puck, and make plays offensively. Check the Blackhawks Duncan Keith and/or (Brent) Seabrook. Stability starts at the back end."

-- Kevin Weekes, Analyst, CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada & The NHL Network

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 65 41 18 6 175 146 88
2 NYI 66 42 21 3 211 185 87
3 TBL 66 40 20 6 217 173 86
4 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
5 DET 63 36 16 11 184 165 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
7 WSH 66 35 21 10 194 164 80
8 BOS 63 31 22 10 168 165 72
9 FLA 65 28 23 14 159 185 70
10 OTT 63 29 23 11 179 169 69
11 PHI 65 28 25 12 173 187 68
12 NJD 65 27 28 10 146 168 64
13 CBJ 64 27 33 4 166 203 58
14 TOR 65 26 34 5 175 199 57
15 CAR 63 24 32 7 145 170 55
16 BUF 65 19 41 5 125 218 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 66 31 36 5 67
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 66 14 28 22 42
B. Nelson 66 18 20 8 38
F. Nielsen 66 11 26 13 37
A. Lee 60 22 13 14 35
J. Bailey 54 13 20 13 33
J. Boychuk 56 7 25 15 32
N. Leddy 66 9 19 17 28
T. Hamonic 56 4 21 16 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 34 13 1 .911 2.48
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

NewYorkIslanders.com is the official Web site of the New York Islanders Hockey Club, L.P. and NewYorkIslanders.com are trademarks of New York Islanders Hockey Club, L.P.  NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2015 New York Islanders Hockey Club, L.P. and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.

Privacy Policy |  AdChoices |  Terms of Use |  Contact  Us |  Employment |  Webmaster |  NHL.com Terms of Use