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Islanders 2012 Draft Central - Cody Ceci and Jacob Trouba

by Travis Betts / New York Islanders

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Cody Ceci
Ottawa 67's, OHL
Position: D Shoots: Right
Height: 6'2" Born: 21-Dec-93
Weight: 207 Hometown: Orleans, ONT
2011-12 GP G A PTS PIM
Ottawa 64 17 43 60 16
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Jacob Trouba
U.S. Under-18, USHL
Position: D Shoots: Right
Height: 6'2" Born: 26-Feb-94
Weight: 196 Hometown: Rochester, MI
2011-12 GP G A PTS PIM
U.S. NTDP 54 9 23 32 71
In his third season with the Ontario Hockey League’s Ottawa 67’s, Cody Ceci was relied upon heavily in all situations, and he responded by scoring 60 points (17 goals, 43 assists) in 64 games. Ceci has suited up for all but eight games in his career with the 67’s, helping them to first place regular season finishes each year. Ceci, who was developing into a shutdown defenseman a couple of years ago, now runs Ottawa’s power play and posted 15 points in 18 playoff games in 2011-12. The Orleans, ONT native represented Canada at the Under-18 World Junior Championship in 2011, and was invited to Team Canada’s selection camp for the 2012 Under-20 World Junior Tournament.
Jacob Trouba was the youngest player on the U.S. roster at the 2012 World Junior Championships, and was 16 months younger than Adam Clendening, the next youngest defenseman on the team. He also helped the Under-18 squad to its fourth consecutive gold medal, scoring three points in six games. The Rochester, MI native has manned the blue line for the U.S. National Development Team for the last two seasons, and will play college hockey at the University of Michigan next year. Trouba has displayed offensive potential, scoting 32 points in 54 games last season in the USHL, but will likely take on more of a defensive role someday in the NHL.
Ryan Strome, Islanders first round pick in 2011
Cody Ceci is a real strong two-way player. He’s really counted on in Ottawa for defense and offense. He runs the power play and he’s a guy that’s really good with the puck. We try to keep the puck out of his hands as much as we can, and take away his time and space. He’s got a real hard shot too.

Trent Klatt, Islanders Player Development
Cody Ceci is an offensively gifted defenseman. He carries a big time shot and really knows how to run a power play.

David Gregory, NHL Central Scouting
I thought Cody did a great job of understanding when to be up ice and when to defend and he did both things better in the second half," Gregory said. "When you recognize that, and have that whole package, then you have to be considered highly. We started realizing that as the second half was progressing. We're comfortable in saying that this is a heck of a hockey player.

Robbie Russo, Islanders prospect
Jacob Trouba is physically mature. He got called up and played with us (US National Team Development Program) when he was 17. He’s a really smart and really powerful player.

Trent Klatt, Islanders Player Development

If you go in Jacob Trouba’s corner, you will pay a price if you want to come out of it with the puck. He moves very well for his size.

David Gregory, NHL Central Scouting
He has offense skills and he really does defend well. You can just tell by how he plays in all areas of the ice that he's a big kid who skates really well, he loves to jump into the play and has confidence because he knows his skating can get him back, so he rarely gets caught out of position. He's going to be someone people are going to talk about; we've known about him for a couple years and he hasn't disappointed.
Click here for Islanders 2012 Draft Central's breakdown of the top-50 players available in this year's draft.
Cody Ceci (left) of the Ottawa 67's and Jacob Trouba (right) of
the U.S. National Team Development Program are the #10 and #9 ranked draft prospects.
1. Edmonton Oilers
2. Columbus Blue Jackets
3. Montreal Canadiens
4. New York Islanders
5. Toronto Maple Leafs
Round 1 - 4th overall
Round 2 -
34th overall
Round 3 -
65th overall
Round 4 -
103rd overall (from BUF)
Round 5 -
125th overall
Round 6 -
155th overall
Round 7 - 185th overall

Islanders last five first-round picks
2011: Ryan Strome (5th overall)
2010: Nino Niederreiter (5th overall)
2009: John Tavares (1st overall)
2008: Josh Bailey (9th overall)
2006: Kyle Okposo (7th overall)

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