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2016 Draft: Potential Islanders Picks

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders

TOP DRAFT PROSPECTS

With the NHL Draft coming up on June 24 and 25 in Buffalo, NewYorkIslanders.com is previewing the top prospects in this year’s class. We’ve previewed the top-10 North American and European skaters as ranked by NHL Central Scouting. 


Most of those players will be picked by the time the Islanders select at 19, so we looked at ranked players projected to be on the board when Garth Snow is on the stage. Here’s a look at six players who could potentially be wearing orange and blue by the end of Friday night. 

Logan Stanley

Logan Stanley
Windsor Spitfires - OHL
Ranked 19th NA Skater (NHL CS)

If the Islanders are looking to add size to their back end, then look no further than (and up at) 6-foot-7, 225-pound. Logan Stanley. The Windsor Spitfires defenseman is a physical force in his own end with his intimidating size. He has a huge frame with room to further grow into his body, but even at 18, would be one of the Islanders’ biggest blueliners. He set career highs offensively this season, racking up five goals, 12 assists and 17 points. 

Pos. D Shoots L
Ht. 6'7 Born 5/26/1998
Wt. 225 Hometown Waterloo, ON
2015-16 GP G A Pts. PIM
Windsor 64 5 12 17 103

Islanders Head Amateur Scout Vellu Kautonen: 

Stanley is a huge d-man who plays very hard in man-against-man situations. He improved his game a lot during the last eight months, but plays safe, simple hockey with the puck and is a monster in front of his own net. Stanley makes players entering that area pay the price. 

Dante Fabbro

Dante Fabbro
Penticton Vees - BCHL
Ranked 18th NA Skater 
(NHL CS)

Dante Fabbro was named the top defenseman in Canadian Jr. A hockey last season, lighting up the BCHL for 67 points (14G, 53A) in 45 games – tops among blueliners. He’s an offensive defenseman with decent size (6-foot, 189 pounds) for an 18-year-old and is praised for his vision and passing ability. The Coquitlam, BC, native (the same hometown with Islanders’ 2015 first-round pick Mathew Barzal) is committed to Boston University next season. 

Pos. D Shoots R
Ht. 6'0 Born 6/20/1998
Wt. 189 Hometown Coquitlam, BC
2015-16 GP G A Pts. PIM
Penticton 45 14 53 67 30

Islanders Head Amateur Scout Vellu Kautonen: 

Fabbro is a puck moving d-man who had a great year with Penticton in the BCHL. Dante gives hard, accurate breakout passes, joins rushes with good timing and has tools to run a power play, too. Good vision and hockey sense. He will continue his career next year in Boston University.

Riley Tufte

Riley Tufte
Blaine - Minnesota High School Hockey
Ranked 17th NA Skater 
(NHL CS)

Riley Tufte was one of the top high school hockey players in Minnesota last season. Tufte averaged over three points-per-game (78 in 25) and nearly scored two goals per game, finishing with 47 tallies – second-highest in the state. The Ham Lake native saw some time in the USHL, scoring 14 points (10G, 4A) in 27 games with Fargo. The big-bodied (6-foot-5, 205 pounds) winger had no problem scoring goals this season and looks to continue that trend next season at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. 

Pos. LW Shoots L
Ht. 6'5 Born 4/10/1998
Wt. 205 Hometown Ham Lake, MN
2015-16 GP G A Pts. PIM
Blaine 25 47 31 78 53

Islanders Head Amateur Scout Vellu Kautonen: 

Riley is huge kid with lots of talent. This kid knows how to score: 47 goals in 25 games is a lot even when we’re talking about Minnesota high school hockey. He has good hands and can make plays as well.

Tyson Jost

Tyson Jost
Penticton Vees - BCHL
Ranked 16th NA Skater 
(NHL CS)

Another top prospect out of the BCHL, Tyson Jost was an offensive machine for the Penticton Vees. Jost was named National Player of the Year in Canadian Jr. A hockey last season, racking up 104 points (42G, 62A) in 48 games. He finished third in BCHL scoring, but paced the league in assists and took home the league MVP award. The 5-foot-11, 191-pound center also has a host of international experience, winning gold medals at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial and World Junior A Championships – where he was named tournament MVP. Jost was also named Top Forward at 2016 U18 World Championships. He's captained the Vees and the U18 team this season. He’s committed to the University of North Dakota next season. 

Pos. C Shoots L
Ht. 5'11 Born 3/14/1998
Wt. 191 Hometown St. Albert, AB
2015-16 GP G A Pts. PIM
Penticton 48 42 62 104 43

Islanders Head Amateur Scout Vellu Kautonen: 

Jost is a smaller, skilled forward from Penticton , BCHL. Good skater with good hands. Can run your power play and has ability to make plays out of nothing. Good work ethic without the puck as well. Going to North Dakota next year.

Jake Bean

Jake Bean
Calgary Hitmen - WHL
Ranked 15th NA Skater 
(NHL CS)

Jake Bean knows how to score on the back end. Bean led all WHL defensemen with 24 goals – including 12 power-play goals – this season, scoring 64 points in 68 games for the Calgary Hitmen. While he’s lauded for his offensive game, scouts say he handles himself in the defensive zone as well. Bean won a gold medal at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka and some analysts say he’d be a steal if he fell to 19.  

Pos. D Shoots L
Ht. 6'0 Born 6/9/1998
Wt. 173 Hometown Calgary, AB
2015-16 GP G A Pts. PIM
Calgary 68 24 40 64 28

Islanders Head Amateur Scout Vellu Kautonen: 

Bean is an offensive d-man from Calgary; a power-play specialist who owns one of the better wrist shots in this year’s draft. He is dynamic with puck and makes good decisions with puck in all three zones.

Max Jones

Max Jones
London Knights - OHL
Ranked 14th NA Skater 
(NHL CS)

What stands out about Max Jones’ game is his physicality and his intensity on the ice. He’s a big, thick (6-foot-2, 203-pound) power forward who plays with an edge and delivers punishing hits. His stats (28G, 24A) don’t jump off the page, but the combination of scoring and sandpaper make him an interesting prospect. Jones won the Memorial Cup with the London Knights this season. 

Pos. LW Shoots L
Ht. 6'2 Born 2/17/1998
Wt. 203 Hometown Rochester, MI
2015-16 GP G A Pts. PIM
London 63 28 24 52 106

Islanders Head Amateur Scout Vellu Kautonen: 

Big, mean power forward from London OHL. Jones is a good skater who wants to hurt opponents with his hits and very often does so too. On top of his physical presence this kid knows how to score too.


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