Islanders 2012 Draft Central - Scott Laughton and Adam Pelech
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Scott Laughton Oshawa, OHL
Adam Pelech Erie, OHL
Scott Laughton was not a huge scoring threat during his first season with Oshawa, posting 23 points in 63 games. After a slow start in 2011-12, the Oakville, ON native finished with 41 points in his last 39 games. Still, the 18-year-old's biggest value may be as a shutdown forward -- he effectively shadowed no. 1 prospect Nail Yakupov at the NHL's research and development camp last summer, and was second among Oshawa forwards with a plus-8 rating last season.
A bright spot on a bad Erie team, Adam Pelech finished second among team defensemen in plus/minus, and led Otters blueliners in scoring with 20 points. The Toronto native was a member of Team Ontario's under-17 squad that won a gold medal at the 2011 World Hockey Challenge, and later in the year was part of the Canadian team that won gold at the Ivan Hlinka Tournament.
Ryan Strome, Islanders first round pick in 2011 Scott Laughton is a good two-way center. He’s tough, physical and has a little bit of a scoring upside. Kind of like a Mike Richards-type player, maybe a future captain of the team in Oshawa.
Trent Klatt, Islanders Player Development Laughton is a very versatile player. In addition, he is a responsible player at both ends of the rink.
Ryan Strome, Islanders first round pick in 2011 Adam Pelech is real steady. We played Erie a lot. They had a bad team, but he was one of the rocks that kind of held them together. He is a real solid two-way guy, and is only going to get better.
Trent Klatt, Islanders Player Development Pelech doesn’t look pretty on the ice, but seems to find a way to make the play. He is not afraid of physical contact.