Prospect Report 5/24/12: Future Islanders Prospects Part 1
On this edition of the prospect report I will take a look into some of options the Islanders have with the 4th overall pick in the upcoming draft. Could they go defenseman? What about another forward? Would Garth get crazy and trade the pick? I will discuss all these options over my next few posts here.
What the Islanders need the most is defensive help on the current team. There are a few stud defensemen that should be available when it is the Islanders turn to pick. The Islanders haven’t taken a defenseman with their first pick in the draft since Garth Snow took over so this would be something new for him. They did take Calvin de Haan in the first round in 2009 but he was Garth’s second pick of the round. A defenseman is a need on the current Islanders but looking at the prospect pool and the guys in Bridgeport there is some quality help on the way. However this still could be a move for Garth Snow to make.
The main stand out on the defensive end for this draft would be Ryan Murray (6’-1” 200lbs) from Everett of the WHL. He is solid in his own end with some offensive skill to help chip in on the other end. Compared to Scott Neidermayer he is a sure pick to be the first defenseman taken in the draft. The question is will he last until the Islanders at #4? If he does falls to #4, Garth would be silly not to take him as he can be a franchise defenseman. (Photo Credit: Flickr/gzbhow)
The next best defenseman available in my eyes would be that of Mathew Dumba (6’-0” 175lbs) from Red Deer of the WHL. He is a very strong skater with a physical side to his game. Some scouts are calling him the most complete defenseman in his own end in this draft. His offensive game is just as good as his defensive. He has a hard shot that is able to find the net more often than not and he can quarterback the power play. He should be available when the Islanders pick at #4 but the big question is will Garth take him?
A defenseman that could be a wild card in this draft will be Morgan Rielly from Moose Jaw of the WHL. Morgan was considered to be one of the best defenseman in this draft class coming into this past season. After starting just as predicted with 18 point in 18 games he suffered a season ending ACL injury. Could this cause him to fall deep into the draft or will he still go high based on his past play? Where ever he goes he will be a great prospect but I just don’t see Garth taking a chance like that at #4. If the Islanders were to trade down a few picks he could become a possibility but I don’t see it happening at the 4th overall pick.
Well this was a look at a few of the defensive prospects available in the upcoming draft that could become possibilities for the Islanders. Keep checking The Checking Line Islanders Edition to stay up to date on all things Islanders this summer.
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