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Islanders Top 50 Draft Prospects: 23-21

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders

Kyle Okposo poses for a photograph after being selected with the seventh overall pick at the 2006 NHL Enrty Draft in Vancouver, BC.

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

1997 New York Islanders Draft Picks
Roberto Luongo (1st round, 4th overall)
Eric Brewer (1st round, 5th overall)
Jeff Zehr (2nd round, 31st overall)
Jarrett Smith (3rd round, 59th overall)
Robert Schnabel (3rd round, 79th overall)
Petr Mika (4th round, 85th overall)
Adam Edinger (5th round, 115th overall)
Bobby Leavins (6th round, 139th overall)
Kris Knoblauch (7th round, 166th overall)
Jeremy Symington (8th round, 196th overall)
Ryan Clark (9th round, 222nd overall)

1998 New York Islanders Draft Picks
Michael Rupp (1st round, 9th overall)
Chris Nielsen (2nd round, 36th overall)
Andy Burnham (4th round, 95th overall)
Jiri Dopita (5th round, 123rd overall)
Kevin Clauson (6th round, 155th overall)
Evgeny Korolev (7th round, 182nd overall)
Frederik Brind’Amour (8th round, 209th overall)
Ben Blais (9th round, 237th overall)
Jason Doyle (9th round, 242nd overall)
Radek Matejovsky (9th round, 250th 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
David Pastrnak played in the Allsvenskan as a 17-year-old, putting his 6’0”, 167-pound frame up against full-grown men. His season was cut short, but he posted 24 points (8G, 16A) in 36 games, nearly the same total as his year in Sweden’s junior ranks. Pastrnak played for the Czech Republic at the World Juniors, where he scored a goal and two assists. Scouts laud his vision, speed and hockey sense.
Pos. LW Shoots R
Ht. 6'0" Born 5/25/1996
Wt. 167 Hometown Havirov, Cze.
23. David Pastrnak
Sodertalje - Allsvenskan
*Rankings as per The Hockey News
2013-14 GP G A Pts. PIM
Sodertalje 36 8 16 24 24
Trent Klatt, Islanders Player Development
Pastrnak is a neat player that has big-time skill too. He's not a bull by any stretch, but he's quick, agile and has the ability to make players around him better. His vision is good and his hockey sense is exceptional. Pastrnak is more of a playmaker than goal scorer and will compliment a scoring line.

Ivan Barbashev lit up the QMJHL in his second season, scoring 68 points (25G, 43A) in 48 games. Barbashev finished one point shy of the team lead, despite playing 16 fewer games, but factor in Barbashev’s 10 points (4G, 6A) in six playoff games and he becomes the team’s leading scorer. The Moscow native won a bronze medal at the World Juniors and plays a gritty, North-American style game.

Pos. LW Shoots L
Ht. 6'0" Born 12/14/1995
Wt. 180 Hometown Moscow, Rus.
22. Ivan Barbashev
Moncton Wildcats - QMJHL
*Rankings as per The Hockey News
2013-14 GP G A Pts. PIM
Moncton 55 25 43 68 27
Trent Klatt, Islanders Player Development
Barbashev is a highly-skilled Russian that brings a complete game to the table. He's not afraid of traffic or hard work and he's more than willing to play in his own end as well as trying to score. He's a complete player that already plays a North-American game.
Travis Sanheim scored 29 points (5G, 24A) his rookie season with the Calgary Hitmen and his six assists led all Canadian defensemen at the U-18 tournament. The long, lanky blueliner uses his 6’3” 181 lbs. frame to score rather than to punish opponents physically, but there is room to grow into his body. Sanheim is known for making a good outlet pass and handling the puck well.
Pos. D Shoots L
Ht. 6'3" Born 3/29/1996
Wt. 181 Hometown Elkhorn, MB
21. Travis Sanheim
Calgary Hitmen - WHL
*Rankings as per The Hockey News
2013-14 GP G A Pts. PIM
Calgary 67 5 24 29 14
Trent Klatt, Islanders Player Development
Sanheim really progressed this year, but turned into a big-time prospect this spring at the U-18's in Finland. He's big, mobile and strong, has good movement with the puck and doesn't look out of place running a PP.  He's a two-way defender, but waiting to see his offensive upside.
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