DAY TWO UPDATE: ISLANDERS ACQUIRE 147TH PICK FROM THE FLORIDA PANTHERS FOR A 2016 5TH-ROUND PICK. ISLANDERS SELECT RYAN PILON FROM THE WHL'S BRANDON WHEAT KINGS WITH THE PICK.
UPDATE: WITH THE 28TH OVERALL PICK, THE ISLANDERS SELECT ANTHONY BEAUVILLIER.
UPDATE: ISLANDERS ACQUIRE 28TH OVERALL PICK FROM THE TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING FOR THE 33RD AND 72ND OVERALL PICKS.
UPDATE: WITH THE 16TH PICK, THE ISLANDERS SELECT MATHEW BARZAL FROM THE WHL'S SEATTLE THUNDERBIRDS.
UPDATE: ISLANDERS ACQUIRE 16TH & 33RD OVERALL PICKS FROM THE EDMONTON OILERS FOR GRIFFIN REINHART.
The Islanders enter the 2015 NHL Draft without a first-or-second-round pick, but there’s plenty of talent available in the later rounds – and the Islanders happen to be good at finding it.
Four impact players on the current roster – Casey Cizikas, Anders Lee, Matt Martin and Frans Nielsen – were all drafted in or after the third round. Nielsen has 297 points in 525 NHL games, Martin has set (and re-set) the NHL single-season hits record, Cizikas is a heart-and-soul center and Lee posted 25 goals in his rookie year.
Long Island has always been an island of opportunity, so players drafted in the later rounds can be assured they’ll get a fair look at rookie camp in the summer and training camp in the fall.
While Cizikas, Lee, Martin and Nielsen are evidence of the Islanders strong late-round scouting and player development, the biggest late-round success story on the roster – goaltender Jaroslav Halak – joined the Islanders last summer. Halak was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the ninth round (271st overall) in the 2003 draft. Twenty-five netminders were picked ahead of Halak, but only three – Marc-Andre Fleury, Corey Crawford and Jimmy Howard – are starters.
The Islanders are slated to pick 82nd, 112th, 172nd and 202nd.
Notable Islanders Selected in the Third Round or Later
4th round (92nd overall)
6th round (152 overall)
5th round (148th overall)
3rd round (87th overall)
8th round (228th overall)
10th round (191st overall)
7th round (143rd overall)
10th round (208th overall)
4th round (68th overall)
BB&T CENTER, SUNRISE, FL
RD. 1 - FRI. JUNE 26, 7PM
RD. 2-7 - SAT. JUNE 27 10AM
RD. 1 - NBCSN, SN, TVA SPORTS
RD. 2-7 - NHLN, TVA SPORTS
16TH OVERALL (from EDM)
28TH OVERALL (FROM TBL VIA NYR)
147TH OVERALL (FROM FLA)
Toronto Maple Leafs
New Jersey Devils
Columbus Blue Jackets
San Jose Sharks
Edmonton Oilers (From PIT)
Detroit Red Wings
Buffalo Sabres (From NYI)
Toronto Maple Leafs (From NSH)
Winnipeg Jets (From STL VIA BUF)
Tampa Bay Lightning (FROM NYR)
Philadelphia Flyers (FROM TBL)
Arizona Coyotes (FROM CHI)
2014 New York Islanders Draft Picks
MICHAEL DAL COLLE
1ST RD. (5TH OVERALL)
1ST RD. (28TH OVERALL)
3RD RD. (78TH OVERALL)
4TH RD. (95TH OVERALL)
4TH RD. (108TH OVERALL)
6TH RD. (155TH OVERALL)
7TH RD. (200TH OVERALL)
Draft Day Trades
While the Islanders are known to mine talent in the later rounds and develop them into NHL regulars, there’s always a chance they can trade into the top two rounds, or make a splash in South Florida.
The Draft is a trade hub, with lots of players and picks switching hands. As recently as last year, the Islanders traded into the first round, selecting Joshua Ho-Sang with the 28th pick. Other recent draft-day trades include acquiring Cal Clutterbuck at the 2013 draft, while Islanders' General Manager Garth Snow traded back into the first round to select Brock Nelson in 2010.
Will anything happen this year?
Most picks in one draft: 19 – The Islanders drafted 19 players, including Clark Gillies and Bryan Trottier in the 1974 NHL Draft.
Fewest picks in one draft:5 – The Islanders drafted five players in 2007.
The last time the Islanders picked 72nd, they selected defenseman Jyri Niemi (2008).
Oshawa Generals forward Michael Dal Colle and Head Coach D.J. Smith won the Memorial Cup together with the Oshawa Generals this season and were both drafted by the Islanders. Dal Colle was drafted fifth overall last season, while Smith was selected in the second round (41st overall) in 1995.
Latest pick ever by the Islanders: Juha-Pekka Ketola 287 (2001)