2014 NHL Draft: Day 1 Report

The NHL Entry Draft began last night at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA at the home of the Flyers. Day 1 featured only the 1st round and a lot of hype was going into the evening. Entering the night, the Islanders had the 5th overall selection and had shopped around possible offers to improve the team prior to the start of free agency. No offers were good enough to convince General Manager Garth Snow to take a chance so he held onto his selection.

The decision was to draft Left Winger Michael Dal Colle of the Oshawa Generals in the Ontario Hockey League. He scored 39 goals, 56 assists for 95 points in 67 games with the Generals this past season and added 20 points (eight goals, 12 assists) in 12 playoff games. This was the highest total of any player who didn’t qualify for the finals. Dal Colle who just turned 18 years old was the top-rated wing prospect in this draft and Garth Snow addressed a need for the long term. “I kind of had a gut feeling I was going here if I was available,” Dal Colle told Newsday’s Arthur Staple. They need some depth on left wing and I can fit in.” It is the first time the Islanders have drafted a winger since 2011 when John Persson was selected. (Photo Credit- Dan Hickling/Flickr)

The night was not over yet for the Islanders as Snow made a trade back into the 1st round with the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Islanders sent their two 2nd round selections, Nos. 35 and 57- the 57th came from Montreal in the Thomas Vanek trade in exchange for the 28th overall pick that belonged to Tampa Bay. With that selection they chose Josh Ho-Sang of the Windsor Spitfires in the Ontario Hockey League who plays Right Wing and Center. This past season he had 32 goals and 53 assists for 85 points in 67 games for the Spitfires. He was a player on the Islanders board and Garth Snow felt it was an opportunity he didn’t want to regret by moving into the 1st round. Ho-Sang has been identified as a very outspoken person that might have led to his slip but the Islanders believed in his talent on the ice and chances to develop. (Photo Credit- 5 of 7/Flickr)

Back at home on Long Island, Islanders fans gathered at Nassau Coliseum for the annual Draft Party which was a great turnout. Fans were able to watch the draft, get autographs from Ryan Strome and Calvin de Hahn, visit the team store, and many more fun activities. This was the start of what will be a memorable final season of Islanders hockey at Nassau Coliseum before moving to Barclays Center next season. (Photo Credit- John Santamaria)

The NHL Draft continues today and the Islanders hold picks Nos. 65, 78, 95, 108, 155 & 185. Are you happy with the job Garth Snow did last night? Share your opinions with us by leaving comments below.

-John Santamaria

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