Name That Islander!

See how well your know your Islanders by matching the player with what the scouts said about them prior to being drafted

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 11:23 AM ET / Islanders 2012 Draft Central
By Travis Betts
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Name That Islander!
As we approach this weekend's NHL Draft in Pittsburgh, there is constant speculation as to which prospects will make it to the NHL, and which ones will become stars in the league. Sometimes the scouting reports are accurate, but sometimes they are not.

We have taken old scouting reports on seven current New York Islanders from Hockey's Future, and placed them below. Can you match each scouting report with the Islanders listed? Answers are at the bottom.

A. John Tavares B. Dylan Reese C. Frans Nielsen D. Matt Moulson E. Andrew MacDonald F. Michael Grabner G. Josh Bailey

1.“…is a very good skater with great quickness and nice soft hands. He is a good playmaker and possesses great sense and passion for the game. He also has a solid shot. He is very aware of his duties as a center and he seems to enjoy playing defense.”

2. “His game is all skating and skill. He has the speed to find openings and create scoring opportunities with the ability to stickhandle at top speed. He is very difficult to stop on breakaways and other situations close to the net. He has yet to maintain the consistent performance that his high talent level suggests and this has been a source of frustration at times. As with many high level scorers who dominate at an early level, two-way play is an area that needs to be refined as he progresses in pro hockey. His dominant talent level make him dangerous to opponents both in the power play and penalty kill phases of the game.”

Islanders General Manager Garth Snow selected Josh Bailey with the ninth overall pick in the 2008 NHL Draft
3. “Used in all situations, this player has an excellent work ethic and can play in both ends of the ice. He is a very good playmaker and can feed his teammates the puck and take face-offs very well. Often used as a quarterback on the power play, his hockey sense and leadership skills are excellent.”

4. “While much has been written about his offensive skills and outstanding skating and transitioning abilities, what isn’t mentioned as much is his hockey smarts and his continually improving sound defensive game. What has made him such a valuable commodity to his team’s blueline corps this season has been his continued improvement in the mental aspects of the game.”

5. “…has above average offensive skills for a blue liner, and a talent for creating quick offensive rushes. It is his ability to make tape-to-tape, up-ice passes and set up for quick shots off the point that make him, if not a true defenseman, a talented offensive-defenseman.”

6. “…is a top-flight talent, perhaps not in the same class as a Sidney Crosby or Alex Ovechkin, but still a player you can build around.  Yes, he is not the fastest skater on the ice; yes, his defense -- while improving -- remains passable at best. But what can't be denied is his incredible hockey sense and offensive ability.”

7. “…Is a tremendously skilled player with hockey smarts to boot. He’s also an excellent skater with very good speed. He’s blessed with great hands, and his passing ability is outstanding. He uses his frame quite well. He’s strong and tough to move off of the puck. In addition to his well-publicized offensive skills, he is also a solid defensive player. He was utilized in his team’s penalty-killing situations and has done very well in breaking up plays, particularly in odd-man rush situations.”

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Bailey 3 1 3 2 4
K. Okposo 3 2 1 2 3
J. Tavares 3 1 2 3 3
R. Strome 3 2 0 1 2
B. Nelson 3 2 0 1 2
L. Visnovsky 3 0 2 4 2
C. Clutterbuck 3 1 0 1 1
C. de Haan 3 0 1 0 1
N. Leddy 3 0 1 0 1
M. Martin 3 0 1 0 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 2 1 0 .929 2.01

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