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Islanders Top 50 Draft Prospects: 20-18

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders

Calvin de Haan poses for post-draft pictures at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft in Montreal, 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

1999 New York Islanders Draft Picks
Tim Connolly (1st round, 5th overall)
Taylor Pyatt (1st round, 8th overall)
Branislav Mezei (1st round, 10th overall)
Kristian Kudroc (1st round, 28th overall)
Mattias Weinhandl (3rd round, 78th overall)
Brian Collins (3rd round, 87th overall)
Juraj Kolnik (4th round, 101st overall)
Johan Halvardsson (4th round, 102nd overall)
Justin Mapletoft (5th round, 130th overall)
Adam Johnson (5th round, 140th overall)
Bjorn Melin (6th round, 163rd overall)
Radek Martinek (8th round, 228th overall)
Brett Henning (9th round, 255th overall)
Tyler Scott (9th round, 268th overall)

2000 New York Islanders Draft Picks
Rick DiPietro (1st round, 1st overall)
Raffi Torres (1st round, 5th overall)
Arto Tukio (4th round, 101st overall)
Vladimir Gorbunov (4th round, 105th overall)
Dmitri Upper (5th round, 136th overall)
Kristofer Ottosson (5th round, 148th overall)
Ryan Caldwell (7th round, 202nd overall)
Dmitri Altarev (9th round, 264th overall)
Tomi Pettinen (9th round, 267th 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
Robby Fabbri played a key role in the Guelph Storm’s OHL championship this season, scoring 28 points (13G, 15A) in 16 playoff games after potting 87 points (45G, 42A) in 58 regular season games. To put Fabbri’s ascent in perspective, the Mississauga, ON, native scored more goals this season than total points in 2012-13. The center’s game is anchored by speed and skill and he’s not easily intimidated despite his size (5’10” 170 pounds).
Pos. C Shoots L
Ht. 5'10" Born 1/22/1996
Wt. 170 Hometown Mississauga, ON
20. Robby Fabbri
Guelph Storm - OHL
*Rankings as per The Hockey News
2013-14 GP G A Pts. PIM
Guelph 58 45 42 87 55
Trent Klatt, Islanders Player Development
Fabbri is a smaller offensive weapon that has numerous assets to his game. Throughout this past season, he continued to improve his game and is the type of player that makes everyone around him better. Vision and hands are very good.

Jakub Vrana’s international play stood out this season, as the Czech winger led the U-18 tournament with eight goals in seven games, en route to a silver medal. Vrana played in the World Juniors as a 17-year-old and spent half of 2013-14 playing in the Swedish Hockey League. The 5’11”, 185lbs. winger was a point-per-game player in the junior ranks, notching 57 points (34G, 23A) in 56 games over two seasons.

Pos. RW Shoots L
Ht. 5'11" Born 2/28/1996
Wt. 185 Hometown Praha, Cze.
19. Jakub Vrana
Linkoping - SHL
*Rankings as per The Hockey News
2013-14 GP G A Pts. PIM
Linkoping 24 2 1 3 2
Linkoping (Jr.) 24 14 11 25 26
Trent Klatt, Islanders Player Development
Vrana's a power-forward winger that has an extremely accurate shot and a quick release. He likes traffic, doesn't mind confrontation and while he is primarily a scorer, don't discount his ability to make plays. He doesn't get rid of the puck ever just for the sake of it. He's diligent, purposeful and effective.
Nikita Scherbak had a sensational rookie season in the WHL, leading all rookies in goals (28), assists (50) and points (78). Only Halifax Mooseheads rookie Nikolaj Ehlers had more points than Scherbak among first-year players. Scherbak is primarily a playmaker and will compliment a goal scorer if the Blades can bring one into the fold. The Moscow native led his team in scoring by 35 points.
Pos. RW Shoots L
Ht. 6'1" Born 12/30/1996
Wt. 175 Hometown Moscow, Rus.
18. Nikita Scherbak
Saskatoon Blades - WHL
*Rankings as per The Hockey News
2013-14 GP G A Pts. PIM
Saskatoon 54 26 43 69 28
Trent Klatt, Islanders Player Development
Scherbak is a highly-skilled offensive weapon, a smooth, dynamic skater that sees the ice extremely well. He likes to carry the puck and always knows what to do with it when the time comes to distribute it. This is a guy that fills a top-six spot on the wing fairly easily.
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