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Islanders Top 50 Draft Prospects: 11-9

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders

John Tavares puts on a New York Islanders jersey at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft in Montreal, QC, Canada. 

Round 1: 5th overall
Round 2: 35th overall
Round 2: 57th overall (from MTL)
Round 3: 65th overall
Round 3: 78th overall (from PHI)
Round 4: 95th overall
Round 4: 108th overall (from PHI)
Round 6: 155th overall
Round 7: 185th overall

2005 New York Islanders Draft Picks
Ryan O’Marra (1st round, 15th overall)
Dustin Kohn (2nd round, 46th overall)
Shea Guthrie (3rd round, 76th overall)
Masi Marjamaki (5th round, 144th overall)
Tyrell Mason (6th round, 180th overall)
Nick Tuzzolino (7th round, 196th overall)
Luciano Aquino (7th round, 210th overall)

2006 New York Islanders Draft Picks
Kyle Okposo (1st round, 7th overall)
Jesse Joensuu (2nd round, 60th overall)
Robin Figren (3rd round, 70th overall)
Rhett Rakhshani (4th round, 100th overall)
Jase Weslosky (4th round, 108th overall)
Tomas Marcinko (4th round, 115th overall)
Doug Rogers (4th round, 119th overall)
Shane Sims (5th round, 126th overall)
Kim Johansson (5th round, 141st overall)
Andrew MacDonald (6th round, 160th overall)
Brian Day (6th round, 171st overall)
Stefan Ridderwall (6th round, 173rd overall)
Troy Mattila (7th round, 190th overall)

50-48: DeAngelo, Smith, Mayo
47-45: Kahkonen, Englund, Nedeljkovic
44-42: MacInnis, Soderstrom, Point
41-39: Cornel, Donato, Pettersson
38-36: Glover, Lemieux, Quenneville
35-33: Masin, Goldobin, Pollock
32-30: MacLeod, Schmaltz, Bleackley
29-27: Kempe, Demko, Ho-Sang
26:24: McKeown, Dougherty, Milano
23-21: Pastrnak, Barbashev, Sanheim
20-18: Fabbri, Vrana, Scherbak
17-15: Tuch, Honka, McCann
14-12: Larkin, Fiala, Perlini
Jake Virtanen had a stellar sophomore season for the Calgary Hitmen, tallying 71 points (45G, 26A) in 71 games. The New Westminster, B.C. native nearly tripled his goal output from the previous season and doubled his point total. Virtanen was highly touted after being the first-overall pick in the 2011 Western Hockey League Draft. He also won gold on the international stage with Team Canada at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Tournament.
Pos. LW Shoots R
Ht. 6'0" Born 8/17/1996
Wt. 208 Hometown New Westminster, B.C
11. Jake Virtanen
Calgary Hitmen - WHL
*Rankings as per The Hockey News
2013-14 GP G A Pts. PIM
Calgary 71 45 26 71 100
Trent Klatt, Islanders Player Development
Virtanen is a speedy, heads up, straight-forward power winger. He loves to shoot the puck and does so very well. Plays in traffic and doesn't seem afraid of anything. He will get his goals in just about any sort of fashion you can imagine and is much better known for his goal scoring than his playmaking.

Kasperi Kapanen is the highest-rated Finnish player in the draft after having tallied 14 points (7G, 7A) with KalPa in the SM-Liiga last season. Kapenen’s father is Sami Kapanen, who played 12 NHL seasons. This season, the two also became just the second father-son duo to play together in SM-Liiga.

Pos. RW Shoots R
Ht. 6'0" Born 7/23/1996
Wt. 180 Hometown Kuopio, Fin.
10. Kasperi Kapanen
Kalpa - SM-Liiga
*Rankings as per The Hockey News
2013-14 GP G A Pts. PIM
Kalpa 47 7 7 14 10
Trent Klatt, Islanders Player Development
Kapanen is an elite skater and has a knack for the net. He loves to shoot the puck, has a great release and will compliment a top-six scoring role on the wing. Kapanen is a team player and has a huge heart. He has a very good set of hands, but you won't usually come out of your seat watching him dangle. You will come out of your seat watching him score.

Nick Ritchie surpassed the point-per-game mark for the first time in his three-year OHL career, scoring 74 points (39G, 35A) in 61 games this past season. The Orangeville, ON, native doubled his previous highs in all offensive categories and already has NHL size at 6’2” 226 lbs. Ritchie is a power forward and led the Peterborough Petes in regular season and playoff scoring.

Pos. LW Shoots L
Ht. 6'2" Born 12/5/1995
Wt. 226 Hometown Peterborough, ON
9. Nick Ritchie
Peterborough Petes - OHL
*Rankings as per The Hockey News
2013-14 GP G A Pts. PIM
Peterborough 61 39 35 74 136
Trent Klatt, Islanders Player Development
The team that drafts this guy is getting two for the price of one. Not only is Ritchie legit tough and a monster of a man already, but he can play the game like a skilled player too. He'll crash, bang, intimidate and fight at any time in any game, yet he can flip a switch and either make a terrific sauce pass set up or rip home a bullet from the slot. The one player in this draft that sets himself apart from all the rest in that he has something a little different. Size and nasty to go along with his skill and sense.
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