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Islanders Select Six Defensemen on Day Two of NHL Draft

Islanders tab defensemen with all seven picks in 2012 Draft

Saturday, 06.23.2012 / 3:33 PM / News
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Islanders Select Six Defensemen on Day Two of NHL Draft

The New York Islanders selected six players on the second day of the 2012 National Hockey League Draft at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh. The cub chose defensemen with all six picks, completing a draft that saw the Islanders choose seven defensemen with the seven picks.

Ville Pokka (34th overall) and Adam Pelech (65th overall) were selected in the second and third rounds, respectively. Loic Leduc (103rd overall) was chosen in the fourth round, followed by Doyle Somerby (125th overall) in the fifth and Jesse Graham (155th overall) in the sixth. The final Islanders pick of 2012 was Jake Bischoff (185th overall) in the seventh round.

Pokka, the fourth player selected on day two, played in 35 games last season as a 17-year-old in Finland’s SM-liiga with Karpat, recording three assists. The 5’11, 205-pound defenseman added three more assists in nine playoff games. A native of Tornio, FIN, Pokka represented his country last season at both the Under-18 and Under-20 World Championships, totaling 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in 14 games.

Pelech, the Islanders’ third round selection, recorded 20 points (two goals, 18 assists) in 44 games last season during his second Ontario Hockey League campaign with the Erie Otters. A 6’2, 194-pound defenseman from Toronto, ON, Pelech was an assistant captain on Canada’s bronze-medal winning under-18 World Championships team. Pelech also won the OHL Scholastic Player of the Year Trophy and the OHL Top Academic High School Player “Ivan Tennant Award” last season.

Leduc, the Islanders’ fourth-round pick from Chateauguay, PQ, scored 10 points (two goals, eight assists) and accumulated 99 penalty minutes in 65 games last year, during his second campaign with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The 6’5, 194-pound blueliner added an assist in four playoff games last season.

Somerby, tabbed by the Islanders in the fifth round, scored 16 points (one goal, 15 assists) in 31 games of High School hockey last season at Kimball Union Academy in New Hampshire. The 6’4, 232-pound defenseman from Marblehead, MA, will attend Boston University in the fall.

Graham, a sixth round pick, scored 41 points (four goals, 37 assists) in 68 games last season during his second OHL campaign with the Niagara Icedogs. The 5’11, 170-pound defenseman from Toronto, ON, added 10 points (one goal, nine assists) in 19 playoff games as Niagara advanced to the OHL Championship. He also added six points (one goal, five assists) with Team Ontario at the Under-17 World Hockey Challenge.

Bischoff, the Islanders final selection in the 2012 Draft, is a seventh round selection who scored 38 points (11 goals, 27 assists) in 24 games with Grand Rapids High School in Minnesota. The 5’11, 178-pound defenseman from Grand Rapids, MN, also appeared in 10 games in the United States Hockey League last season with the Omaha Lancers.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 64 30 35 4 65
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 64 14 27 22 41
B. Nelson 64 17 19 7 36
F. Nielsen 64 11 25 12 36
A. Lee 58 20 13 13 33
J. Bailey 52 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 54 7 23 16 30
N. Leddy 64 8 18 15 26
T. Hamonic 54 4 21 15 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 0 .911 2.46
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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