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Islanders 2013 Draft Central - Elias Lindholm and Rasmus Ristolainen

by Greg Picker / New York Islanders
Despite being the youngest player on his team, Elias Lindholm finished third in scoring with 30 points  (11 goals, 19 assists) in 48 games in his first full year playing in the Swedish Elite League. Lindholm also represented Team Sweden at the World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia. He tallied four points (two goals, two assists), helping his team earn silver at the tournament.
Pos. C Shoots R
Ht. 6'0" Born 12/2/1994
Wt. 181 Hometown Boden, SWE
Elias Lindholm

Brynas IF, Elitserien
2012-13 GP G A P PIM
Brynas 48 11 19 30 2
Trent Klatt, Islanders Player Development
Elias Lindholm is a very creative offensive hockey player. His vision and hockey sense help him be as effective as he is. He is the type of guy that will make players around him better.

In his second season playing for TPS in Finland’s top league, Rasmus Ristolainen led team defensemen in scoring with 15 points (three goals, 12 assists) in 52 games. The Turku, Finland native was the youngest member of his team to play at least 15 games this season. In January, Ristolainen participated in his second consecutive World Junior Championship, scoring six points (two goals, four assists) in six games.

Pos. D Shoots R
Ht. 6'3" Born 10/27/1994
Wt. 201 Hometown Turku, FIN
Rasmus Ristolainen
HC TPS, SM-liiga
2012-13 GP G A P PIM
TPS 52 3 12 15 32
Trent Klatt, Islanders Player Development
Rasmus Ristolainen is a big, powerful Finn. He plays with an edge and makes his opponents earn possession and space against him. He's a tough character to play against and has a little nastiness to his game. Ristolainen possesses a good shot from the point.
Nino Niederreiter, Islanders forward
Drafted: 2010, NY Islanders (1st round, 5th overall)
“You’re waiting and waiting the whole day ‘til seven o’clock and then just hoping you hear your name get called as soon as possible. It’s a very happy moment and just an amazing feeling.”
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.
Elias Lindholm and Rasmus Ristolainen are the No. 3 and 4 ranked European 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
1996 New York Islanders Draft Picks
Jean-Pierre Dumont (1st round, 3rd overall)
Dan Lacouture (2nd round, 29th overall)
Zdeno Chara (3rd round, 56th overall)
Tyrone Garner (4th round, 83rd overall)
Bubba Berenzweig (5th round, 109th overall)
Petr Sachl (5th round, 128th overall)
Todd Miller (6th round, 138th overall)
J.R. Prestifilippo (7th round, 165th overall)
Evgeny Korolev (8th round, 192nd overall)
Mike Muzechka (9th round, 210th overall)

1997 New York Islanders Draft Picks
Roberto Luongo (1st round, 4th overall)
Eric Brewer (1st round, 5th overall)
Jeff Zehr (2nd round, 31st overall)
Jarrett Smith (3rd round, 59th overall)
Robert Schnabel (3rd round, 79th overall)
Petr Mika (4th round, 85th overall)
Adam Edinger (5th round, 115th overall)
Bobby Leavins (6th round, 139th overall)
Kris Knoblauch (7th round, 166th overall)
Jeremy Symington (8th round, 196th overall)
Ryan Clark (9th round, 222nd overall)

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