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Islanders 2013 Draft Central - Aleksander Barkov and Valeri Nichuskin

by Greg Picker / New York Islanders
Playing his second season in the top Finnish League, Aleksander Barkov finished second on his team in scoring with 48 points (21 goals, 27 assists) despite being its youngest player. He also tallied seven points (three goals, four assists) in six games representing Finland at the World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia. Barkov is the Finnish-born son of Russian parents.
Pos. C Shoots L
Ht. 6'2" Born 9/2/1995
Wt. 205 Hometown Tampere, FIN
Aleksander Barkov

Tappara, SM-liiga
2012-13 GP G A P PIM
Tappara 53 21 27 48 8

Valeri Nichuskin was the youngest member of Chelyabinsk this past season and stepped up his game in the playoffs with nine points (six goals, three assists) in 25 games as his squad fell in the Kontinental Hockey League Final. In 18 regular season games, Nichuskin notched six points (four goals, two assists) and won Rookie of the Month three times.

Pos. RW Shoots L
Ht. 6'4" Born 3/4/1995
Wt. 201 Hometown Chelyabinsk, RUS
Valeri Nichuskin
Traktor Chelyabinsk, KHL
2012-13 GP G A P PIM
Chelyabinsk 18 4 2 6 0
Jack Capuano, Islanders Head Coach
Drafted: 1984, Toronto (5th round, 88th overall)
"I remember sitting at the house with my family and I got a call from the Leafs letting me know I’d been selected. There’s so much work that goes into it – it’s your dream as a kid growing up to play in the NHL. I had so much gratitude for my parents and the work they put into it too."
Each day of the week leading up to the draft, will break down prospects from different leagues.

Monday: Europe
Tuesday: NCAA/USHL
Wednesday: Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Thursday: Ontario Hockey League
Friday: Western Hockey League
Click here for the 2013 Draft Central archive.
Aleksander Barkov and Valeri Nichuskin are the top two ranked European-based skaters available at the  2013 NHL Draft.
1.  Colorado Avalanche
2.  Florida Panthers
3.  Tampa Bay Lightning
4.  Nashville Predators
5.  Carolina Hurricanes
6.  Calgary Flames
7.  Edmonton Oilers
8.  Buffalo Sabres
9.  New Jersey Devils
10. Dallas Stars
11. Philadelphia Flyers
12. Phoenix Coyotes
13. Winnipeg Jets
14. Columbus Blue Jackets
15. New York Islanders
Round 1: 15th overall
Round 3: 75th overall
Round 4: 105th overall
Round 5: 135th overall
Round 6: 165th overall
Round 7: 195th overall
2004 New York Islanders Draft Picks
Petteri Nokelainen (1st round, 16th overall)
Blake Comeau (2nd round, 47th overall)
Sergei Ogorodnikov (3rd round, 82nd overall)
Wes O’Neill (4th round, 115th overall)
Steve Regier (5th round, 148th overall)
Jaroslav Mrazek (6th round, 179th overall)
Emil Axelsson (7th round, 210th overall)
Chris Campoli (7th round, 227th overall)
Jason Pitton (8th round, 244th overall)
Sylvain Michaud (9th round, 276th overall)

2005 New York Islanders Draft Picks
Ryan O’Marra (1st round, 15th overall)
Dustin Kohn (2nd round, 46th overall)
Shea Guthrie (3rd round, 76th overall)
Masi Marjamaki (5th round, 144th overall)
Tyrell Mason (6th round, 180th overall)
Nick Tuzzolino (7th round, 196th overall)
Luciano Aquino (7th round, 210th overall)

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