Islanders 2012 Draft Central - Brady Skjei and Thomas Wilson
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Brady Skjei US Under-18 (USHL)
Thomas Wilson Plymouth Whalers (OHL)
Another member of the US National Team Development Program, Brady Skjei is a big defenseman that has the smooth-skating ability rarely seen in players his size. A native of Lakeville, MN, Skjei is committed to play at the University of Minnesota next season. Scouts have also taken notice of Skjei’s vision and skills with the puck, but believe he could take more advantage of his size in the future.
A strong, brute force at forward, Thomas Wilson can use his size and strength to make life difficult for opposing teams. The 6’4”, 203-pound right winger didn’t put up the numbers typically seen by a possible first round pick last season in the OHL, but his hands and skating ability give him potential to add to his offensive game. Wilson was also one of the youngest players on the Plymouth Whalers this past season and shined in the playoffs with 13 points in 13 games. The Toronto, ON native also led the division-winning Whalers with 141 penalty minutes in 49 regular season games.
Trent Klatt, Islanders Player Development Brady Skjei might be the most effortless skater in this draft. He knows how to make a play once he gets in the offensive zone.
Robbie Russo, Islanders prospect Skjei is a really smooth skater who is smart with the puck.
Ryan Strome, Islanders first round pick in 2011 Thomas Wilson is a real tough kid. He likes to throw his weight around and scrap a lot for a young guy. He also has a good offensive upside, and he’s doing well in the Plymouth style of play. He’s a feared player in the league, and I think he’s going to be a dominant force next year.
Trent Klatt, Islanders Player Development Thomas Wilson is a tough player who also showed he can score. He does his best work in front of the opponents’ net.