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Islanders Top 50 Draft Prospects: 29-27

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders

Fans react at the Islanders draft party after John Tavares is selected first overall at the 2009 NHL Draft.

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

1993 New York Islanders Draft Picks
Todd Bertuzzi (1st round, 23rd overall)
Bryan McCabe (2nd round, 40th overall)
Vladimir Chebaturkin (3rd round, 66th overall)
Warren Luhning (4th round, 92nd overall)
Tommy Salo (5th round, 118th overall)
Peter LeBoutillier (6th round, 144th overall)
Darren Van Impe (7th round, 170th overall)
Rod Hinks (8th round, 196th overall)
Daniel Johansson (9th round, 222nd overall)
Stephane Larocque (10th round, 248th overall)
Carl Charland (11th round, 274th overall)

1994 New York Islanders Draft Picks
Brett Lindros (1st round, 9th overall)
Jason Holland (2nd round, 38th overall)
Jason Strudwick (3rd round, 63rd overall)
Brad Lukowich (4th round, 90th overall)
Mark McArthur (5th round, 112th overall)
Albie O’Connell (5th round, 116th overall)
Jason Stewart (6th round, 142nd overall)
Mike Loach (8th round, 194th overall)
Peter Hogardh (8th round, 203rd overall)
Gord Walsh (9th round, 220th overall)
Kirk Dewaele (10th round, 246th overall)
Dick Tarnstrom (11th round, 272nd 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
Adrian Kempe gained valuable experience playing for Modo in the Swedish Hockey League. The 6’1” 187-pound, 17-year-old played against men this past season, scoring 11 points (5G, 6A) in 45 games. Kempe earned the callup after scoring 19 points (3G, 16A) in 20 games for the junior squad and was a point-per-game player for Team Sweden at the U-17 and U-18 tournaments.
Pos. C Shoots L
Ht. 6'1" Born 9/13/1996
Wt. 187 Hometown Kramfors, Swe
29. Adrian Kempe
Modo - SHL
*Rankings as per The Hockey News
2013-14 GP G A Pts. PIM
Modo 45 5 6 11 12
Modo Jr. 20 3 16 19 32
Trent Klatt, Islanders Player Development
Kempe is a hard-working, two-way winger. This kid can really shoot the puck. He's a classic Swedish player with skill and a great stride as he looks almost effortless on the ice. Kempe doesn't have that North American edge to his game, but if his skill continues as it seems he may just score his way into the NHL.

Thatcher Demko took command of the crease in his freshman year at Boston College. The San Diego, CA, native went 16-5-3 with a 2.24 GAA and a .919 SV% in his inaugural NCAA season. Demko backstopped Boston College to the Frozen Four and sits atop Central Scouting’s list of North American goaltenders. He is undefeated at the U-17 and U-18 tournaments and is a likely candidate to start for Team USA at next year’s World Juniors.

Pos. G Catches L
Ht. 6'3" Born 12/8/1995
Wt. 192 Hometown San Diego, CA
28. Thatcher Demko
Boston College - Hockey East
*Rankings as per The Hockey News
2013-14 GP W-L-T GAA SV%
Boston College 55 16-5-3 2.24 .919
Mike Dunham, Islanders Goaltending Coach
Demko is a good-sized goalie who plays a solid butterfly style. He has good lateral movement and covers a lot of net when he is in the butterfly position. Demko has quick legs and feet.
Josh Ho-Sang took tremendous strides this season, doubling his offensive output in his second year with the Windsor Spitfires. Ho-Sang led the Spitfires with 85 points (32G, 53A) in 67 games, up from 44 points (14G, 30A) in his rookie year. The Thornhill, ON, native has lightning speed, puckhandling ability and a finishing touch.
Pos. RW Shoots R
Ht. 5'11" Born 1/22/1996
Wt. 175 Hometown Thornhill, ON
27. Josh Ho-Sang
Windsor Spitfires - OHL
*Rankings as per The Hockey News
2013-14 GP G A Pts. PIM
Windsor 67 32 53 85 44
Trent Klatt, Islanders Player Development
Is there anyone in this draft that's better at stick handling in a phone booth than this kid? So skilled one wonders how Ho-Sang doesn't score each time he's on the ice. He is agile, smooth and dynamic with the puck.
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