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Islanders Draft Central Day 5: Nathan Beaulieu & Dmitrij Jaskin

by Dyan LeBourdais / New York Islanders
Nathan Beaulieu, a defenseman for Saint John of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, and Dmitrij Jaskin, a right wing for Slavia, are ranked fifth on the Central Scouting Service rankings list.

draft profiles
Nathan Beaulieu
North American Skater
Saint John, QMJHL
Final Rank:  5
Midterm Rank:  9
Position:  Defenseman Shoots:  Left
Height:  6'2" Weight:  174
Born:  December 5, 1992
Hometown:  Strathroy, ON, CAN
Dmitrij Jaskin
European Skater
Slavia, CZREP
Final Rank:  5 Midterm Rank:  5
Position:  Right Wing
Shoots:  Left
Height:  6'1" Weight:  196
Born:  March 23, 1993
Hometown:  Czech Republic

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)

Islanders Scout Mario Saraceno
On Nathan Beaulieu - Beaulieu is a tall and rangy defenseman who likes to carry and follow the rush. He sees the ice well and moves the puck smartly. He’s effective in power play situations and shows poise and patience with puck. He plays with a bit of an edge, but needs to improve overall play in his own end.

NHL Central Scouting's Chris Bordeleau
On Nathan Beaulieu - He'll be an offensive-defenseman… he's a good skater, good puck-mover. He has a good shot and is very poised with the puck. He's a veteran who has a lot of responsibilities for Saint John.

Saint John Sea Dogs coach Gerard Gallant
On Nathan Beaulieu - He's gotten better, bigger and stronger, he’s playing a lot better defensively but he's pressing for his points. He's a guy who gets a lot of opportunities because he jumps into the rush very well.

Islanders Scout Vellu Kautonen
On Dmitrij Jaskin - Jaskin is big and strong. He plays the North American style of hockey. He’s a good skater who is good in 1-on-1 battles.
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

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Saint John Sea Dogs

As the most recent Memorial Cup Champions, the Saint John Sea Dogs have quickly become a dominant team, incepted into the QMJHL in 2005. In addition to being Memorial Cup Champions, the Sea Dogs also won the 2011 President’s Cup as champions of the QMJHL. The team has also won two regular season and division titles in its brief history.

As a member of that 2011 Memorial Cup winning team, Nathan Beaulieu would be the first Islanders draft pick selected from Saint John.

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