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Islanders Top 50 Draft Prospects: 2-1

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders

A fan holds up The Hockey News' 2009 Draft Preview featuring future Islanders captain John Tavares on the cover.

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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

2013 New York Islanders Draft Picks
Ryan Pulock (1st round, 15th overall)
Eamon McAdam (3rd round, 70th overall)
Taylor Cammarata (3rd round, 76th overall)
Stephon Williams (4th round, 106th overall)
Victor Crus Rydberg (5th round, 136th overall)
Alan Quine (6th round, 166th overall)
Kyle Burroughs (7th round, 196th 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
11-9: Virtanen, Kapanen, Ritchie
8-7: Fleury, Ehlers
6-5: Nylander, Dal Colle
4-3: Draisaitl, Reinhart
The NHL is awaiting the debut of Aaron Ekblad as much as Ekblad is awaiting his NHL debut. Scouts have deemed the 6’4” 216 lbs. defenseman as NHL ready and he should make the jump next season. Ekblad is physically imposing and can put the puck in the net, leading all OHL defensemen with 23 goals last season. The reigning OHL Defenseman of the Year was granted exceptional status under the league’s “John Tavares Rule” to play as a 15-year-old. Ekblad has outgrown the OHL and could also be drafted first overall.
Pos. D Shoots R
Ht. 6'4" Born 2/7/1996
Wt. 216 Hometown Belle River, ON
2. Aaron Ekblad
Barrie Colts - OHL
*Rankings as per The Hockey News
2013-14 GP G A Pts. PIM
Barrie 58 23 30 53 91
Trent Klatt, Islanders Player Development
Ekblad is a hulking defender who has shown for many years why he was given exceptional status in the OHL. He's big, strong, aggressive and can play any type of game that's dictated. He won't run the top of the umbrella on the PP in the NHL, but his shot will be utilized in some fashion. Very good edges and mobility for such a big man.

Sam Bennett is described as one of the most versatile players in the draft, with perhaps the biggest competitive edge. The Kingston Frontenacs center plays with a huge heart, outworking opponents in all three zones. Bennett also has an offensive flair scoring 91 points (36G, 55A) in 57 games, including a mammoth 25-game point streak (17G, 29A) from November to late January.

Pos. LW Shoots L
Ht. 6'0" Born 6/20/1996
Wt. 181 Hometown Richmond Hill, ON
1. Sam Bennett
Kingston Frontenacs - OHL
*Rankings as per The Hockey News
2013-14 GP G A Pts. PIM
Kingston 57 36 55 91 118
Trent Klatt, Islanders Player Development
Bennett is at the top of many lists for a variety of reasons. His biggest asset is his versatility. He's an all-purpose player that has a heart as big as a lion, skill to match anyone in this draft and hockey sense that allows him to be successful in any scenario and any situation. Anyone would be rated higher if they were 6'4", but don't worry about this kid because of his size.
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