Prospect Report 5/30/12: Future Islanders Prospects Part 2
In this edition of the prospect report I will continue my look into what the Islanders and Garth Snow may do with the 4th overall selection in the upcoming draft. In the first part of the series I looked at some of the top rated defensive prospects in the draft. That article can be found by clicking here. This time around I will look at some of the offensive prospects that could be available at #4 and how they might fit with the Islanders.
We all know that unless the Islanders trade up to the first overall pick that they don’t stand a chance at getting Nail Yakupov so I will leave him off this list. The first forward I will look at will be Mikhail Grigorenko (6’-3” 200lbs) from Quebec of the QMJHL. Mikhail is expected to be the 2nd Russian taken in the top five after Yakupov. He is a big center-man with a high hockey IQ that helps him see the ice and generate points. His great vision and hands led him to 85 points in 59 games during his first season of North American hockey.
He seems to fit the bill of the Islanders recent movement towards drafting big forwards and if he is still on the board at number 4 he could be a great addition to the Islanders prospect pool. With the teams drafting before the Islanders being a crap shoot on who they pick it may be possible that he slides to the Islanders and they could get a steal at 4.
The second forward that could be possible for the Islanders to pick at 4 could be Alex Galchenyuk (6’-2” 185lbs) from Sarnia of the OHL. Alex is another big center-man that has huge offensive upside to his game. After being taken 1st overall in the OHL draft he was impressive in his first season for Sarnia scoring 83 points in 68 games. Alex is said to have natural goal scoring ability from scouts and is being compared to Marian Hossa.
He could be another great addition to the Islanders prospect pool and would be a future all-star in the NHL. I do believe he has a good chance to still be on the board when the Islanders pick but personally I don’t see him as the Islanders pick. It is nothing against his play as he has the potential to be a great player but after watching the past few Islanders drafts he just doesn’t seem like the Islanders pick. But who knows I have been wrong in the past and I could be wrong here, time will tell.
The last forward I will look at will be that of Filip Forsberg (6’-1” 176lbs) from Leksands IF of the Swedish elite league. The natural winger is a strong skater with great hands that helps him put the puck in the net. After playing last season in the Swedish elite league as an 18 years old he was still able to score 17 points in 43 games. He is able to get through tight spaces with the puck and has the quick moves to get around a lot of defenseman. (Photo Credit: Flickr/Michael Erhardsson)
Filip is who I can see the Islanders taking if he is still on the board at #4. A decent size winger with hands and vision to go along with some good speed could be a big help in the future playing on lines with either Tavares or Strome. He is already playing in a professional league which can make him available sooner to the Islanders even though I would like to see him add a little more weight before he makes the jump to the NHL.
These are just 3 of the top offensive prospect coming into this year’s NHL draft. The Islanders could select one of these 3 young men or could go a way no one sees coming, once again only time will tell and we will have to wait. Stay tuned to The Checking Line Islanders Edition all summer for all news Islanders and be on the lookout for part 3 of this series where I will explore the idea of the Islanders trading the 4th overall pick.
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