Islanders Top 50 Draft Prospects: 17-15

NewYorkIslanders.com breaks down The Hockey News' top 50 prospects ahead of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft

Friday, 06.20.2014 / 12:00 AM / New York Islanders 2014 Draft Central
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Islanders Top 50 Draft Prospects: 17-15
NewYorkIslanders.com breaks down The Hockey News\' top 50 prospects ahead of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft


Ryan Pulock gets interviewed by NHL Live co-host Steve Mears at the 2013 NHL Draft in Newark, NJ.



Round 1: 5th overall
Round 2: 35th overall
Round 2: 57th overall (from MTL)
Round 3: 65th overall
Round 3: 78th overall (from PHI)
Round 4: 95th overall
Round 4: 108th overall (from PHI)
Round 6: 155th overall
Round 7: 185th overall


2001 New York Islanders Draft Picks
Cory Stillman (4th round, 101st overall)
Dusan Salficky (5th round, 132nd overall)
Andy Chiodo (6th round, 166th overall)
Jan Holub (7th round, 197th overall)
Mike Bray (8th round, 228th overall)
Bryan Perez (9th round, 260th overall)
Roman Kuhtinov (9th round, 280th overall)
Juha-Pekka Ketola (9th round, 287th overall)

2002 New York Islanders Draft Picks
Sean Bergenheim (1st round, 22nd overall)
Frans Nielsen (3rd round, 87th overall)
Markus Paulsson (5th round, 149th overall)
Alexei Stonkus (6th round, 189th overall)
Brad Topping (7th round, 220th overall)
Martin Chabada (8th round, 252nd overall)
Per Braxenholm (9th round, 283rd overall)

50-48: DeAngelo, Smith, Mayo
47-45: Kahkonen, Englund, Nedeljkovic
44-42: MacInnis, Soderstrom, Point
41-39: Cornel, Donato, Pettersson
38-36: Glover, Lemieux, Quenneville
35-33: Masin, Goldobin, Pollock
32-30: MacLeod, Schmaltz, Bleackley
29-27: Kempe, Demko, Ho-Sang
26:24: McKeown, Dougherty, Milano
23-21: Pastrnak, Barbashev, Sanheim
20-18: Fabbri, Vrana, Scherbak
Western New York native Alex Tuch has a big body and a heavy shot, both attractive attributes at the NHL level. The 6’3” 213-pound Baldwinsville, NY, product is hard to miss on the ice and is turning heads after an offensive breakout. Tuch tripled his point production in a third of the games during his second year with the US NTDP. Tuch is committed to Boston College with linemate and Long Island native Sonny Milano.
Pos. RW Shoots R
Ht. 6'3" Born 5/10/1996
Wt. 213 Hometown Baldwinsville, NY
17. Alex Tuch
US NTDP - USHL
*Rankings as per The Hockey News
2013-14 GP G A Pts. PIM
US NTDP 25 13 19 32 36
Trent Klatt, Islanders Player Development
Tuch is a big, power forward who does a lot of work that doesn't end up on the score sheet. Don't get the wrong impression, this kid can play the game. He's just not the type of player you will see carrying the puck through the neutral zone with speed, nor will he perform any spinorama's to avoid contact. North/south guy, with guts, passion and desire.

Julius Honka unleashed his offensive game after coming to the WHL from SM-Liiga in Finland. The Swift Current Broncos defenseman scored 56 points (16G, 40A) in his rookie season, quadrupling his goal totals last year in Finland. Honka won a gold medal at the World Juniors while playing a supporting role on Team Finland.

Pos. D Shoots R
Ht. 5'10" Born 12/3/1996
Wt. 180 Hometown Jyvaskyla, Fin.
16. Julius Honka
Swift Current Broncos - WHL
*Rankings as per The Hockey News
2013-14 GP G A Pts. PIM
Swift Current 62 16 40 56 52
Trent Klatt, Islanders Player Development
Honka made the transition to North America quite easily this year. He's an offensive-minded defender that really sees the ice well. He can break the puck out with speed and plays a very smooth transition game. Honka's a power-play guy that seems calms the play down in the offensive zone.
Pos. C Shoots L
Ht. 6'0" Born 5/31/1996
Wt. 179 Hometown Stratford, ON
15. Jared McCann
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds - OHL
*Rankings as per The Hockey News
2013-14 GP G A Pts. PIM
Sault Ste. Marie 64 27 35 62 51
Trent Klatt, Islanders Player Development
McCann is a terrific all-purpose forward. Like many of his fellow peers this year he's blessed with an all-around game. He doesn't specifically excel in any one area, but he makes up for it with versatility and inspired two-way play. He's smart and and efficient in the offensive zone.

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