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Islanders Draft Preview: Potential First-Round Picks

NewYorkIslanders.com looks at players who may still be on the board when the Islanders pick at 23

by Sasha Kandrach KandrachSasha / NewYorkIslanders.com

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The New York Islanders enter the 2019 NHL Draft with five picks, starting with the 23rd-overall selection. So the Isles aren't going to scoop up Jack Hughes or Kaapo Kakko, but there's still good players to be found at 23

NewYorkIslanders.com brings you a preview of some names that could be in Islanders range at 23 on Friday night, using NHL's Central Scouting and mock drafts from NHL.com and The Athletic. Make sure to watch the draft at 8 p.m. eastern time on NBCSN and follow @NYIslanders to find out which prospect becomes an Islander on Friday. 


Philip Tomasino | Center | Niagara (OHL)

6'0 | 181 lbs. | Age: 17 | Shoots: R

Central Scouting: No 14 North American Skater

Mock Drafts: NHL.com Kimelman 23, Morreale 23, LePage 24 | The Athletic: 23rd overall

2018-19 Stats: 67GP, 34G, 38A, 72P

In his second season in the OHL, Tomasino notched 72 points (34G, 38) 67 games with the Niagara Ice Dogs. Tomasino saw a 48-point improvement during his sophomore season compared to his rookie campaign where he posted 24 points (5G, 19A) in 61 games. Tomasino represented Canada at the 2019 U-18 World Championship and posted five points (1G, 4) through six games. 


Nicholas Robertson | Center/Left Wing | Peterborough (OHL)

5'9 | 161 lbs. | Age: 17 | Shoots: L

Central Scouting: No 17 North American Skater

Mock Drafts: NHL.com Kimelman 25, Morreale --, LePage -- | The Athletic: --

2018-19 Stats: 54GP, 27G, 28A, 55P

In his sophomore season in the OHL and second season with the Peterborough Petes, Robertson ranked second on the team in goals (27) and points (55). Robertson spiked a 22-point improvement from his rookie season in 2017-18 where he had 33 points (15G, 18A) in 62 games. Robertson suited up for Team Canada at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup and generated a point-per-game pace and tied the team in goals with four goals and five points in five games. 


Ryan Suzuki | Center | Barrie (OHL)

6'0 | 176 lbs. | Age: 17 | Shoots: L

Central Scouting: No 18 North American Skater

Mock Drafts: NHL.com Kimelman 19, Morreale 19, LePage 17 | The Athletic: 24

2018-19 Stats: 65GP, 25G, 50A, 75P

Suzuki wrapped up his second season in the OHL as an alternate captain for the Barrie Colts and led the club with 75 points (25G, 50A) in 65 games. Suzuki was selected first-overall in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection. Suzuki helped Canada Red claim a silver medal at the 2017 World U-17 Hockey Challenge with seven points (3G, 4A) in six games. Suzuki registered eight points (1G, 7A) to help Team Canada took home gold at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup. He also represented Canada at the 2019 U-18 World championship. 


Bobby Brink | Right Wing | Sioux City (USHL)

5'10 | 163 lbs. | Age: 17 | Shoots: R

Central Scouting: No 19 North American Skater

Mock Drafts: NHL.com Kimelman 22, Morreale 24, LePage 21 | The Athletic: 22

2018-19 Stats: 43GP, 35G, 33A, 68P

Brink led the Sioux City Musketeers and ranked fourth among all skaters across the USHL with 68 points (35G, 33A) in 68 games. Brink was named USHL Forward of the Year and nominated to USHL's first All-Star Team. Brink won gold for Team USA at the 2018 World Junior A Challenge and tied the tournament lead in points with eight (2G, 6A). 


Raphaël Lavoie | Center/Right Wing | Halifax (QMJHL)

6'4 | 198 lbs. | Age: 18 | Shoots: R

Central Scouting: No 20 North American Skater

Mock Drafts: NHL.com Kimelman 21, Morreale 16, LePage 18 | The Athletic: 25

2018-19 Stats: 62GP, 32G, 41A, 73P

Lavoie posted a career-high year in goals (32), assists (41) and points (73) during his third season with the Halifax Mooseheads in the QMJHL. Lavoie added 32 points (20G, 12A) in 23 games of the 2019 QMJHL Playoffs as he and the Mooseheads ended the season as runner-up to the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. Lavoie skated for Canada White at the 2016 U-17 Hockey Challenge and had three points (1G, 2A) in six games. Lavoie also represented Canada at the 2018 U-18 World Championship and totaled five points on five goals in five games played. 


Connor McMichael | Center | London (OHL)

5'11 | 174 lbs. | Age: 18 | Shoots: L

Central Scouting: No 24 North American Skater

Mock Drafts: NHL.com Kimelman 31, Morreale 26, LePage 31 | The Athletic: --

2018-19 Stats: 67GP, 36G, 36A, 72P

After completing his sophomore season in the OHL, McMichael ranked second in the OHL's Western Conference leader London Knights' squad with 72 points (36, 36A) in 67 games. McMichael saw a 56-point boost since his rookie campaign where he had 16 points (8G, 8A) in 60 games. McMichael skated for Canada White at the 2017 U-17 Hockey Challenge and had four points (1G, 3A) through four games. 


Brett Leason | Right Wing | Prince Albert (WHL)

6'4 | 201 lbs. | Age: 20 | Shoots: R

Central Scouting: No 25 North American Skater

Mock Drafts: NHL.com Kimelman 26, Morreale 28, LePage 29 | The Athletic: --

2018-19 Stats: 55GP, 36G, 53A, 89P

After ranking eighth in the WHL with 89 points (36G, 53A) through 55 regular season games, Leason was named to the WHL East First All-Star team. Leason capped off his fourth season in the WHL and second with Prince Albert with the franchise's first championship since 1985-86. During the championship run, Leason posted 25 points (10G, 15A) through 22 games. Leason represented Team Canada at the 2019 WJC and had a point per game and a final tally of five points (3G, 2A) in five games. 


Ville Heinola | Defense | Lukko (Liiga)

5'11 | 181 lbs. | Age: 18 | Shoots: L

Central Scouting: No. 4 European Skater

Mock Drafts: NHL.com Kimelman 27, Morreale 22, LePage 26 | The Athletic: 20

2018-19 Stats: 34GP, 2G, 12A, 14P

Heinola is coming off of his first season with Lukko of the Finnish Elite League where he posted 14 points (2G, 12A) in 34 regular-season games. Heinola registered four points (1G, 3A) through seven postseason games. Heinola was a member of Team Finland's gold medal-winning squad at the 2019 WJC. He also represented Finland at the 2019 U-18 World Championship and the 2017 U-17 Hockey Challenge. 


Philip Broberg | Defense | AIK (Allsvenskan)

6'3 | 203 lbs. | Age: 17 | Shoots: L

Central Scouting: No. 5 European Skater

Mock Drafts: NHL.com Kimelman 9, Morreale 10, LePage 11 | The Athletic: 8

2018-19 Stats: 41GP, 2G, 7A, 9P

Broberg is coming off of a U18 World Championship gold medal this year. The puck-moving defenseman was also named Best Defenseman of the tournament and was named to the All-Star team after posting six points (2G, 4A) in seven games. Broberg won a silver medal at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup and registered seven points (3G, 4A) through five games. Broberg also skated for Team Sweden at the 2019 WJC and at the 2017 World U-17 Hockey Challenge.


Moritz Seider | Defense | Alder Mannheim (DEL)

6'4 | 198 lbs. | Age: 18 | Shoots: R

Central Scouting: No. 6 European Skater

Mock Drafts: NHL.com Kimelman 11, Morreale 21, LePage 22 | The Athletic: 13

2018-19 Stats: 29GP, 2G, 4A, 6P

In his debut in the DEL, Germany's top men's hockey league, Seider was named Rookie of the Year after posting six points (2G, 4A) in 29 games during the regular season. In the 14 postseason contests, Seider had five assists and helped Alder Mannheim win the league championship. Seider was a member of back-to-back championship teams with Mannheim's junior club during the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Seider represented Team Germany at the 2019 World Championship where he scored twice through five games. Seider also captained Germany to a gold medal at the 2019 WJC - Division 1, Group A and was named best defenseman following a seven point (1G, 6A) performance through five games. 


Nils Hoglander | Left Wing | Rögle BK (SHL)

5'9 | 185 lbs. | Age: 18 | Shoots: L

Central Scouting: No. 11 European Skater

Mock Drafts: NHL.com Kimelman --, Morreale 28, LePage 27 | The Athletic: 28

2018-19 Stats: 50GP, 7G, 7A, 14P

Hoglander capped his first season playing in the Swedish Hockey League. While Hoglander didn't make the cut for Team Sweden this year's World Junior Championship team, he had an eight-game stint with the Under-20 Swedish team. In 2018, Hoglander won a bronze medal after he suited up at the IIHF Under-18 Championships. Hoglander took home a gold medal at the 2016-17 Under-17 World Hockey Challenge.

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