Islanders Draft Central Day 14: Mark McNeill & Jeremy Boyce

With 14 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.

Saturday, 06.11.2011 / 12:00 AM / 2011 Draft Central
By Dyan LeBourdais
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Islanders Draft Central Day 14: Mark McNeill & Jeremy Boyce
Mark McNeill, a center for Prince Albert of the Western Hockey League, and Jeremy Boyce, a left wing for Timra, are ranked fourteenth on the Central Scouting Service rankings list.
draft profiles
Mark McNeill
North American Skater
Prince Albert, WHL
Final Rank:  14
Midterm Rank:  22
Position:  Center
Shoots:  Right
Height:  6'2" Weight:  201
Born:  February 22, 1993
Hometown:  Langley, BC, CAN
Jeremy Boyce
European Skater
Timra, SWEDEN
Final Rank:  14 Midterm Rank:  14
Position:  Left Wing
Shoots:  Left
Height:  6'0" Weight:  169
Born:  August 28, 1993
Hometown:  Stockholm, SWE

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)
June 6, 2011 - 19th in CSS Ranking
Brandon Saad (North American) | VIDEO
Joel Mustonen (European)
June 7, 2011 - 18th in CSS Ranking
Boone Jenner (North American)
Zakhar Arzamastsev (European)
June 8, 2011 - 17th in CSS Ranking
Ty Rattie (North American)
Nikita Kucherov (European)
June 9, 2011 - 16th in CSS Ranking
Mark Scheifele (North American) | VIDEO
Alexander Ruuttu (European)
June 10, 2011 - 15th in CSS Ranking
Zack Phillips (North American)
Karl Johansson (European)

Islanders Scout Trent Klatt
On Mark McNeill - McNeill is a good skater. He has decent vision, playmaking ability and skill. He prides himself on making the right play.

NHL Central Scouting’s Blair MacDonald
On Mark McNeill - One thing I like about him is that he's a right-handed center, which is good to have. He's really composed and has a real pro-style game. He has a nice touch, can dish, and has nice, soft passes. His on-ice awareness is very good and he's paid attention to detail at both ends of the rink. He has good defensive-zone coverage as well as being offensive at the other end. All around I think he's got a real solid game I think his offensive game will improve the older he gets and the more confident he gets. I think he'll be a better offensive player than he's showing right now. He's good at both ends of the rink. He comes down low and helps out defensively.

Port McNeil GM Bruno Campese
On Mark McNeill - He's one of those kids that has the ability to do so many different things, he's got so much upside to him... He's a powerful skater and has great hockey sense. He's got very good basic skills and he's got the ability to be a real tough person to play against. He's got the mental capabilities to understand the game as well... I really believe he has all the attributes. He's got certain gifts that other players just don't have. That really bodes well for playing in the NHL.

Islanders Scout Vellu Kautonen
On Jeremy Boyce - Boyce is a solid two-way center who is good at finishing. He’s a good skater as well.

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

Western Hockey League
Prince Albert Raiders
The Prince Albert Raiders entered the WHL as an expansion team at the start of the 1982-83 season and just two years later (1985), went on to win the Memorial Cup. Two members of that championship team were drafted by the Islanders that same year. Those players were Rod Dallman (118th overall) and Tony Grenier (244th overall).

If selected by the Islanders, Mark McNeill would join Dallman, Grenier and Rich Pilon (1986, 143rd overall) as the fourth member of the Raiders to be selected by the organization.




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