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Islanders Select Five on Day Two

Two Forwards, One Defenseman and Two Goalies selected in rounds 3-7

Saturday, 06.28.2014 / 2:03 PM / News
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Islanders Select Five on Day Two
Two Forwards, One Defenseman and Two Goalies selected in rounds 3-7

The New York Islanders selected five players on Day Two of the National Hockey League Draft in Philadelphia. The club’s picks in rounds three through seven included goaltenders Ilya Sorokin and Linus Soderstrom, defenseman Devon Toews, forwards Kyle Schempp and Lukas Sutter.

The Islanders opened the second day with six picks, but traded the 65th overall selection to the Florida Panthers in exchange for Florida’s third-round pick in 2015. With their next two selections, the Islanders chose a pair of 18-year-old European goaltenders in Sorokin and Soderstrom.

Sorokin, the Islanders’ third-round (78th overall) pick, played 27 games in goal for Novokuznetsk Metallurg of the Kontinental Hockey League in 2013-14. The 6’2, 167-pound goaltender posted a 2.90 goals-against average and a 0.911 save percentage in Russia’s top league.

Soderstrom, selected with the fifth pick of the fourth round (95th overall), appeared in 23 games with Djurgarden’s under-20 club in Sweden’s SuperElit league this past season. A 6’4, 187-pound netminder, Soderstrom posted a 2.61 goals-against average and 0.915 save percentage. The Stockholm native was Sweden’s starting goaltender at both the 2014 Under-18 World Junior Championships and the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.

The Islanders’ third and fourth picks on Day Two were a pair of 20-year-old college hockey players in Toews and Schempp.

Toews, chosen in the fourth round (108th overall), scored 17 points (one goal, 16 assists) in 37 games last season as a freshman at Quinnipiac University. A 5’11, 175-pound defenseman, Toewes spent the previous two seasons with the Surrey Eagles of the British Columbia Hockey League (Junior A). The Aldergrove, BC, native led Surrey to the BCHL Championship in 2012-13 and was named the BCHL’s Best Defenseman, earning a spot on the league’s First All-Star Team.

Schempp, the Islanders’ sixth round selection (155th overall), scored 25 points (10 goals, 15 assists) in 43 games as a freshman at Ferris State University this past season. Prior to his collegiate career, the 6’0, 178-pound center played for the Sioux Falls Stampede of the United States Hockey League and the Traverse City North Stars of the North American Hockey League. Schempp was born in Saginaw, Michigan.

In the seventh round, the Islanders traded the 185th overall pick to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for the 200th overall pick and Tampa Bay’s seventh round selection in 2015.

The Islanders’ final pick of the 2014 draft, Sutter, came in the seventh round, 200th overall. A forward from St. Louis, MI, Sutter scored 23 points (10 goals, 13 assists) with the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League this past season. Sutter’s father, Rich, played 874 NHL games with seven teams over his 17-year career.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
3 NYI 62 40 20 2 200 173 82
4 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
5 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
6 DET 59 33 15 11 173 154 77
7 WSH 62 33 19 10 184 156 76
8 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
9 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 58 25 23 10 166 161 60
12 NJD 61 25 27 9 137 161 59
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 59 22 30 7 134 159 51
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 62 29 34 4 63
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 62 13 26 21 39
B. Nelson 62 17 19 6 36
F. Nielsen 62 11 25 11 36
A. Lee 56 20 12 12 32
J. Bailey 50 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 52 7 22 15 29
N. Leddy 62 8 17 14 25
T. Hamonic 52 4 19 16 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 32 13 0 .910 2.49
C. Johnson 8 7 1 .890 2.95

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