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Islanders Draft Central Day 19: Brandon Saad & Joel Mustonen

by Dyan LeBourdais / New York Islanders
Brandon Saad, a left wing for Saginaw of the Ontario Hockey League, and Joel Mustonen, a center for Skelleftea Jr., are ranked nineteenth on the Central Scouting Service rankings list.
Brandon Saad

North American Skater
Saginaw, OHL
Final Rank:  19
Midterm Rank:  8
Position:  Left Wing
Shoots:  Left
Height:  6'1" Weight:  208
Born:  October 27, 1992
Hometown:  Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Joel Mustonen
European Skater
Skelleftea Jr., SWE-JR.
Final Rank:  19 Midterm Rank:  40
Position:  Center
Shoots:  Left
Height:  5'10" Weight:  172
Born:  September 18, 1992
Hometown:  Oulu, FIN

Each day as we get closer to the June 24 NHL Entry Draft in St. Paul, MN, the Islanders Draft Central will update with a new North American and European player profile. Below, each of the top 30 North American and European prospects will be listed.
May 26, 2011 - 30th in CSS Ranking
Rickard Rakell (North American)
Alessio Bertaggia (European)
May 27, 2011 - 29th in CSS Ranking
Alexander Khokhlachev (North American)
Adam Pettersson (European)
May 28, 2011 - 28th in CSS Ranking
Matthew Puempel (North American)
Sergei Shmelev (European)
May 29, 2011 - 27th in CSS Ranking
Phillip Danault (North American)
Fredrik Claesson (European)
May 30, 2011 - 26th in CSS Ranking
Shane Prince (North American)
Sergei Barbashev (European)
May 31, 2011 - 25th in CSS Ranking
Connor Murphy (North American)
Alexei Marchenko (European)
June 1, 2011 - 24th in CSS Ranking
Scott Mayfield (North American) | VIDEO
Johan Sundstrom (European)
June 2, 2011 - 23rd in CSS Ranking
Jonathan Miller (North American)
Klas Dahlbeck (European)
June 3, 2011 - 22nd in CSS Ranking
Tyler Biggs (North American) | VIDEO
Victor Berglind (European)
June 4, 2011 - 21st in CSS Ranking
Nicklas Jensen (North American)
William Karlsson (European)
June 5, 2011 - 20th in CSS Ranking
Tomas Jurco (North American) | VIDEO
Viktor Arvidsson (European)

Islanders Scout Tim MacLean
On Brandon Saad - Saad has very good size and top-two line skills. While he wasn’t as good as expected this year, he still put up solid offensive numbers. He has a very hard shot and quick release. He improved his two-way game and became a more complete player this year. He has very good upside.

NHL Central Scouting’s Chris Edwards
On Brandon Saad - Brandon has very good speed and agility and that makes him dangerous, he’s solid on his skates and fights through checks very well. He plays a solid two-way game and is very responsible defensively.

Islanders Scout Vellu Kautonen
On Joel Mustonen - Mustonen is a solid two-way center. He has a good shot and therefore was used a lot on the power-play.
1. Edmonton Oilers
2. Colorado Avalanche
3. Florida Panthers
4. New Jersey Devils
5. New York Islanders
Round 1 - 5th overall
Round 2 -
34th overall
Round 2 -
50th overall
(from Wisniewski deal to Montreal)
Round 3 -
63rd overall
(from 4th round 2010 draft selection dealt to Colorado)
Round 4 -
94th overall
Round 5 -
124th overall
Round 5 -
126th overall
(from two 6th round 2010 draft picks dealt to Atlanta)
Round 7 -
184th overall

Ontario Hockey League
Saginaw Spirit

The Saginaw Spirit entered the league under a new name in 2002. Previously, they were the North Bay Centinnals, St. Catharines Black Hawks, amongst others.

The Islanders have never drafted a player from the Spirit. However, they have drafted two players from the Centinnals (Kevin Vescio - 1983, 177th overall; and Tom Warden - 1984, 187th overall) and two from the Black Hawks (Ron Phillips - 1974, 238th overall; and Dave Salvian - 1975, 29th overall). None of the four players ever dressed for a game in the NHL.


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