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2015 Islanders Draft Central

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders


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

player round/pick year
casey cizikas 4th round (92nd overall) 2009
anders lee 6th round (152 overall) 2009
matt martin 5th round (148th overall) 2008
frans nielsen 3rd round (87th overall) 2002
radek martinek 8th round (228th overall) 1999
vladimir malakhov 10th round (191st overall) 1989
rich pilon 7th round (143rd overall) 1986
david volek 10th round (208th overall) 1984
ken morrow 4th round (68th overall) 1976
WHERE BB&T CENTER, SUNRISE, FL
WHEN RD. 1 - FRI. JUNE 26, 7PM
RD. 2-7 - SAT. JUNE 27 10AM
TV RD. 1 - NBCSN, SN, TVA SPORTS
RD. 2-7 - NHLN, TVA SPORTS


Rd. 1 16TH OVERALL (from EDM)
Rd. 1 28TH OVERALL (FROM TBL VIA NYR)
RD. 3 82ND OVERALL
RD. 4 112TH OVERALL
RD. 5 147TH OVERALL (FROM FLA)
RD. 6 172ND OVERALL
RD. 7 202ND OVERALL



1st Edmonton Oilers
2nd Buffalo Sabres
3rd Arizona Coyotes
4th Toronto Maple Leafs
5th Carolina Hurricanes
6th New Jersey Devils
7th Philadelphia Flyers
8th Columbus Blue Jackets
9th San Jose Sharks
10th Colorado Avalanche
11th Florida Panthers
12th Dallas Stars
13th LA Kings
14th Boston Bruins
15th Calgary Flames
16th Edmonton Oilers (From PIT)
17th Winnipeg Jets
18th Ottawa Senators
19th Detroit Red Wings
20th Minnesota Wild
21st Buffalo Sabres (From NYI)
22nd Washington Capitals
23rd Vancouver Canucks
24th Toronto Maple Leafs (From NSH)
25th Winnipeg Jets (From STL VIA BUF)
26th Montreal Canadiens
27th Anaheim Ducks
28th Tampa Bay Lightning (FROM NYR)
29th Philadelphia Flyers (FROM TBL)
30th Arizona Coyotes (FROM CHI)


2014 New York Islanders Draft Picks
MICHAEL DAL COLLE 1ST RD. (5TH OVERALL)
JOSHUA HO-SANG 1ST RD. (28TH OVERALL)
ILYA SOROKIN 3RD RD. (78TH OVERALL)
LINUS SODERSTROM 4TH RD. (95TH OVERALL)
DEVON TOEWS 4TH RD. (108TH OVERALL)
KYLE SCHEMPP 6TH RD. (155TH OVERALL)
LUKAS SUTTER 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)
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