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Islanders Draft Central Day 4: Dougie Hamilton & Joel Armia

by Dyan LeBourdais / New York Islanders
Dougie Hamilton, a defenseman for Niagra of the Ontario Hockey League, and Joel Armia, a right wing for Assat, are ranked fourth on the Central Scouting Service rankings list.

draft profiles
Dougie Hamilton
North American Skater
Niagara, OHL
Final Rank:  4
Midterm Rank:  7
Position:  Defenseman Shoots:  Right
Height:  6'4" Weight:  187
Born:  June 17, 1993
Hometown:  Toronto, ON, CAN
Joel Armia
European Skater
Final Rank:  4 Midterm Rank:  2
Position:  Right Wing
Shoots:  Right
Height:  6'3" Weight:  191
Born:  May 31, 1993
Hometown:  Pori, 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)
June 6, 2011 - 19th in CSS Ranking
Brandon Saad (North American) | VIDEO
Joel Mustonen (European)
June 7, 2011 - 18th in CSS Ranking
Boone Jenner (North American)
Zakhar Arzamastsev (European)
June 8, 2011 - 17th in CSS Ranking
Ty Rattie (North American)
Nikita Kucherov (European)
June 9, 2011 - 16th in CSS Ranking
Mark Scheifele (North American) | VIDEO
Alexander Ruuttu (European)
June 10, 2011 - 15th in CSS Ranking
Zack Phillips (North American)
Karl Johansson (European)
June 11, 2011 - 14th in CSS Ranking
Mark McNeill (North American)
Jeremy Boyce (European)
June 12, 2011 - 13th in CSS Ranking
Jamieson Oleksiak (North American)
Max Friberg (European)
June 13, 2011 - 12th in CSS Ranking
Joseph Morrow (North American) | VIDEO
Victor Rask (European)
June 14, 2011 - 11th in CSS Ranking
Vladislav Namestnikov (North American) | VIDEO
Gregory Hofmann (European)
June 15, 2011 - 10th in CSS Ranking
Duncan Siemens (North American) | VIDEO
Rasmus Bengtsson (European)
June 16, 2011 - 9th in CSS Ranking
Ryan Murphy (North American) | VIDEO
Markus Granlund (European)
June 17, 2011 - 8th in CSS Ranking
Ryan Strome (North American) | VIDEO
Joachim Nermark (European)
June 18, 2011 - 7th in CSS Ranking
Sven Baertschi (North American) | VIDEO
Miikka Salomaki (European)
June 19, 2011 - 6th in CSS Ranking
Sean Couturier (North American) | VIDEO
Oscar Klefbom (European)
June 20, 2011 - 5th in CSS Ranking
Nathan Beaulieu (North American) | VIDEO
Dmitrij Jaskin (European)

Islanders Scout Tim MacLean
On Dougie Hamilton - Hamilton is a big mobile defenseman who has showed big improvements in his offensive and physical games this year. He finished fourth in scoring for defensemen with 58 points (12 goals, 46 assists) after having just 16 points last season. He is a very strong skater and has the ability to rush the puck. He is a guy who likes to step up and hit, plus he has the size to do it.

NHL Central Scouting’s Chris Edwards
On Dougie Hamilton - He moves the puck well and makes good outlet passes, he does make good decisions with the puck, moves it very well out of his zone. He's a big guy, he'll take the body. … He uses his size well. He can muscle people off the puck.

Niagara IceDogs head coach Marty Williamson
On Dougie Hamilton - Especially at this level, you find guys that are awkward or don't have a lot of explosion. You're 6-foot-4, you don't have a lot of explosion (but) the jump off his skates is phenomenal. When he sees those opportunities to jump into the rush or lead the rush, I really believe it's untapped what he can do. He's a very special defenseman in our league. He just has to understand the details and he's going to be a very good pro . . . Dougie gets himself very prepared for hockey games. He's very diligent preparing himself. He goes about it very business-like. He's mature beyond his years.

Islanders Scout Vellu Kautonen
On Joel Armia - Armia is still fairly skinny, but extremely talented. He has a good shot and finds different ways to score.
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
Niagara IceDogs

After 10 seasons as the Mississauga IceDogs, the team moved to Niagara in 2007. In 2004, the team became the OHL Eastern Conference Champions, winning the Bobby Orr Trophy. Following the move to Niagara, the IceDogs were eliminated from the 2011 playoffs (in the third round) to the newest team in Mississauga, the St. Michael’s Majors.

The Islanders have not selected any players from either Niagara or Mississauga in any previous entry drafts. Thus, i
f the Islanders select Dougie Hamilton, he will be the first player selected from the IceDogs franchise.

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