Each day as we get closer to the June 24 NHL Entry Draft in St. Paul, MN, the Islanders Draft Central will update with a new North American and European player profile. Below, each of the top 30 North American and European prospects will be listed.
Isles Scout Tim MacLean On Rickard Rakell - Rakell is a hard working guy who uses his size well and compliments other skilled players well. He did a nice job for Sweden in the World Junior Championships, filling some of the physical void left by (Gabriel) Landeskog’s injury. He plays hard in traffic and can finish in tight. He has good mobility.
Isles Scout Trent Klatt On Alessio Bertaggia - Bertaggia is small, but extremely skilled. It’s tough to stop him without taking a penalty because of his quickness.
Twenty-six players who emerged from the Ontario Hockey League and were selected by the Islanders in the NHL Entry Draft have gone on to play games in the National Hockey League.
If the Islanders select Rickard Rakell, he will be the first player drafted by the franchise who played junior hockey for the Plymouth Whalers.
In addition to the Whalers, the Isles franchise has never drafted a player from the Ottawa 67's, Barrie Colts, Niagra IceDogs, Kitchener Rangers, Owen Sound Attack, Plymouth Whalers or Saginaw Spirit.
Although, the Isles have selected four players from two defunt OHL teams, the Hamilton Steelhawks (Wayne Doucet - 1988, 29th overall; Brad Dalgarno - 1985, 6th overall) and the Toronto Marboros (Bill Berg - 1986, 59th overall; Neal Coulter - 1981, 63rd overall).