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Islanders Draft Central Day 25: Connor Murphy & Alexei Marchenko

by Dyan LeBourdais / New York Islanders
Connor Murphy, a defenseman for USA U-18 of the United States Hockey League, and Alexei Marchenko, a defenseman for CSKA, are ranked twenty-fifth on the Central Scouting Service rankings list.
Connor Murphy

North American Skater
Final Rank:  25 Midterm Rank:  25
Position:  Defenseman
Shoots:  Right
Height:  6'3" Weight:  185
Born:  March 26, 1993
Hometown:  Boston, MA, USA
Alexei Marchenko
European Skater
Final Rank:  25 Midterm Rank: 
Position:  Defenseman
Shoots:  Right
Height:  6'2" Weight:  183
Born:  January 2, 1992

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)

Isles Scout Trent Klatt
On Connor Murphy - Murphy is a big, agile, puck moving defenseman. He scored the game winning goal in overtime at the U-18 World Tournament in Germany this past April.

Isles Scout Vellu Kautonen
On Alexei Marchenko - Marchenko has a good frame and a hard shot. He has offensive skills.

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 Connor Murphy 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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