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Islanders Draft Central Day 22: Tyler Biggs & Victor Berglind

by Dyan LeBourdais / New York Islanders
Tyler Biggs, a right wing for USA U-18 of the United States Hockey League, and Victor Berglind, a defenseman for Brynas Jr., are ranked twenty-second on the Central Scouting Service rankings list.
Tyler Biggs

North American Skater
Final Rank:  22 Midterm Rank:  5
Position:  Right Wing
Shoots:  Right
Height:  6'2" Weight:  210
Born:  April 30, 1993
Hometown:  Binghamton, NY, USA
Victor Berglind
European Skater
Brynas Jr., SWE-JR.
Final Rank:  22 Midterm Rank:  22
Position:  Defenseman
Shoots:  Right
Height:  5'11" Weight:  180
Born:  October 2, 1992
Hometown:  Arvika, SWE

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)

Isles Scout Trent Klatt
On Tyler Biggs - Biggs is an energetic leader. He knows his role and plays it well. He does his best work in the corners and battle areas.

NHL Central Scouting's Jack Barzee
On Tyler Biggs - He has that leadership quality … that desire, that passion, that competitiveness. He just never quits. He's a young player who has taken the role as leader of his team. He does most of their fighting when they have to fight. He's kind of the guy that when someone starts picking on somebody, he's standing up for them. I think while wearing the 'C' may have taken a little away from his offensive finish, my gut feeling is that I can't think of anything else but an uphill path for Tyler.

U.S. Under-18 head coach Ron Rolston
On Tyler Biggs - He's a big, strong kid and is an extreme character player. He skates well and is physical and tough. He shoots and attacks the net well with or without the puck. He's certainly someone on our team who's a physical presence, and he makes room for a lot of our skilled players.

Isles Scout Vellu Kautonen
On Victor Berglind - Berglind has some offensive skills and moves the puck well. He still has a fairly thin frame.
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

United States Hockey League
USA U-18

The Islanders have a history of drafting collegiate players with USHL backgrounds. Prospect Tyler Biggs most recently played for Team USA Under-18 and has committed to playing college hockey at Miami University this fall.

In 2006, the Islanders drafted Kyle Okposo 7th overall. He played USHL hockey for the Des Moines Buccaneers, but then went on to play two years at the University of Minnesota before joining the Islanders.

The Islanders have also drafted Matt Donovan (2008, 96th overall from the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Jason Gregoire (2007, 7th overall from the Lincoln Stars) and Blake Kessel (2007, 166th overall from the Waterloo Black Hawks) from college/USHL teams.

In April, Donovan left the University of Denver to sign an amateur-tryout contract with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and played in the Isles' AHL affiliates' six remaining regular season games. His entry-level contract will kick in at the start of the 2011-12 season.

Gregoire (University of North Dakota) and Kessel (University of New Hampshire) have also decided to forgo the remainder of their collegiate careers opting to turn pro.

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