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Islanders Draft Central Day 19: Brandon Saad & Joel Mustonen

With 19 days left until the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, help the New York Islanders count down to draft day, where they will have the fifth overall pick.

Monday, 06.06.2011 / 12:49 PM / 2011 Draft Central
By Dyan LeBourdais
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Islanders Draft Central Day 19: Brandon Saad & Joel Mustonen
Brandon Saad, a left wing for Saginaw of the Ontario Hockey League, and Joel Mustonen, a center for Skelleftea Jr., are ranked nineteenth on the Central Scouting Service rankings list.
draft profiles
Brandon Saad
North American Skater
Saginaw, OHL
Final Rank:  19
Midterm Rank:  8
Position:  Left Wing
Shoots:  Left
Height:  6'1" Weight:  208
Born:  October 27, 1992
Hometown:  Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Joel Mustonen
European Skater
Skelleftea Jr., SWE-JR.
Final Rank:  19 Midterm Rank:  40
Position:  Center
Shoots:  Left
Height:  5'10" Weight:  172
Born:  September 18, 1992
Hometown:  Oulu, FIN

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.
May 26, 2011 - 30th in CSS Ranking
Rickard Rakell (North American)
Alessio Bertaggia (European)
May 27, 2011 - 29th in CSS Ranking
Alexander Khokhlachev (North American)
Adam Pettersson (European)
May 28, 2011 - 28th in CSS Ranking
Matthew Puempel (North American)
Sergei Shmelev (European)
May 29, 2011 - 27th in CSS Ranking
Phillip Danault (North American)
Fredrik Claesson (European)
May 30, 2011 - 26th in CSS Ranking
Shane Prince (North American)
Sergei Barbashev (European)
May 31, 2011 - 25th in CSS Ranking
Connor Murphy (North American)
Alexei Marchenko (European)
June 1, 2011 - 24th in CSS Ranking
Scott Mayfield (North American) | VIDEO
Johan Sundstrom (European)
June 2, 2011 - 23rd in CSS Ranking
Jonathan Miller (North American)
Klas Dahlbeck (European)
June 3, 2011 - 22nd in CSS Ranking
Tyler Biggs (North American) | VIDEO
Victor Berglind (European)
June 4, 2011 - 21st in CSS Ranking
Nicklas Jensen (North American)
William Karlsson (European)
June 5, 2011 - 20th in CSS Ranking
Tomas Jurco (North American) | VIDEO
Viktor Arvidsson (European)

Islanders Scout Tim MacLean
On Brandon Saad - Saad has very good size and top-two line skills. While he wasn’t as good as expected this year, he still put up solid offensive numbers. He has a very hard shot and quick release. He improved his two-way game and became a more complete player this year. He has very good upside.

NHL Central Scouting’s Chris Edwards
On Brandon Saad - Brandon has very good speed and agility and that makes him dangerous, he’s solid on his skates and fights through checks very well. He plays a solid two-way game and is very responsible defensively.

Islanders Scout Vellu Kautonen
On Joel Mustonen - Mustonen is a solid two-way center. He has a good shot and therefore was used a lot on the power-play.
1. Edmonton Oilers
2. Colorado Avalanche
3. Florida Panthers
4. New Jersey Devils
5. New York Islanders
Round 1 - 5th overall
Round 2 -
34th overall
Round 2 -
50th overall
(from Wisniewski deal to Montreal)
Round 3 -
63rd overall
(from 4th round 2010 draft selection dealt to Colorado)
Round 4 -
94th overall
Round 5 -
124th overall
Round 5 -
126th overall
(from two 6th round 2010 draft picks dealt to Atlanta)
Round 7 -
184th overall

Ontario Hockey League
Saginaw Spirit

The Saginaw Spirit entered the league under a new name in 2002. Previously, they were the North Bay Centinnals, St. Catharines Black Hawks, amongst others.

The Islanders have never drafted a player from the Spirit. However, they have drafted two players from the Centinnals (Kevin Vescio - 1983, 177th overall; and Tom Warden - 1984, 187th overall) and two from the Black Hawks (Ron Phillips - 1974, 238th overall; and Dave Salvian - 1975, 29th overall). None of the four players ever dressed for a game in the NHL.



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