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Islanders Top 50 Draft Prospects: 41-39

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

Kyle Okposo poses with Ryan Strome at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft in St. Paul, MN.

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

1981 New York Islanders Draft Picks
Paul Boutilier (1st round, 21st overall)
Gord Dineen (2nd round, 42nd overall)
Ron Handy (3rd round, 57th overall)
Neal Coulter (3rd round, 63rd overall)
Todd Lumbard (4th round, 84th overall)
Jacques Sylvestre (5th round, 94th overall)
Chuck Brimmer (6th round, 126th overall)
Teppo Virta (7th round, 147th overall)
Bill Dowd (8th round, 168th overall)
Scott MacLellan (9th round, 189th overall)
Dave Randerson (10th round, 210th overall)

1982 New York Islanders Draft Picks
Patrick Flatley (1st round, 21st overall)
Vern Smith (2nd round, 42nd overall)
Garry Lacey (3rd round, 63rd overall)
Alan Kerr (4th round, 84th overall)
Rene Breton (5th round, 105th overall)
Roger Kortko (6th round, 126th overall)
John Tiano (7th round, 147th overall)
Todd Okerlund (8th round, 168th overall)
Gord Paddock (9th round, 189th overall)
Eric Faust (10th round, 210th overall)
Pat Goff (11th round, 231st overall)
Jim Koudys (12th round, 252nd overall)

1983 New York Islanders Draft Picks
Pat LaFontaine (1st round, 3rd overall)
Gerald Diduck (1st round, 16th overall)
Garnet McKechney (2nd round, 37th overall)
Mike Neill (3rd round, 57th overall)
Mikko Makela (4th round, 65th overall)
Bob Caulfield (5th round, 84th overall)
Ron Viglasi (5th round, 97th overall)
Darin Illikainen (6th round, 168th overall)
Jim Sprenger (7th round, 137th overall)
Dale Henry (8th round, 157th overall)
Kevin Vescio (9th round, 177th overall)
Dave Shellington (10th round, 197th overall)
John Bjorkman (11th round, 217th overall)
Peter McGeough (12th round, 237th overall)

50-48: DeAngelo, Smith, Mayo
47-45: Kahkonen, Englund, Nedeljkovic
44-42: MacInnis, Soderstrom, Point
Peterborough, ON, native Eric Cornel impressed scouts this season, playing for his hometown Petes. Cornel broke out offensively, scoring 62 points (25G, 37A) in 68 games on a line with fellow 2014 draft prospect Nick Ritchie. When Cornel is on his game, scouts say he’s unstoppable, evidenced by a six-game point streak (7G, 8A) in January.
Pos. C Shoots R
Ht. 6'1" Born 4/11/1996
Wt. 186 Hometown Peterborough, ON
41. Eric Cornel
Peterborough Petes - OHL
*Rankings as per The Hockey News
2013-14 GP G A Pts. PIM
Peterborough 68 25 37 62 25
Trent Klatt, Islanders Player Development
A skilled, right-handed pivot that sees the ice extremely well. Cornel has shown the ability to be a playmaker, which allows him to make players around him better. He’s fast, agile and well balanced on his skates. His game grew throughout the year as he became more comfortable.

Center Ryan Donato dominated New England high school prep hockey this past season, leading the Dexter School of Brookline, MA, with 78 points (37G, 41A) in 30 games. Renowned for his slick hands, Donato also played four games for the US National Team Development Program, potting one goal. He is headed to Harvard in 2015 to play for his father, Ted Donato, the former New York Islander and current Harvard Head Coach.

Pos. C Shoots R
Ht. 6'0" Born 4/9/1996
Wt. 176 Hometown Scituate, Mass
40. Ryan Donato
Dexter - USHS
*Rankings as per The Hockey News
2013-14 GP G A Pts. PIM
Dexter 30 37 41 78 N/A
Cape Cod (Mid.) 9 8 9 17 33
Trent Klatt, Islanders Player Development
Ryan has more of a nose to score than his father (Ted Donato), but looks very similar on the ice. He makes guys look very silly in prep school and with some maturation should be able to carry that over to higher levels. He has a really good release and is able to place his shot very well.
Skelleftea, Sweden native Marcus Pettersson has played for his hometown team for the past four seasons. Last season after tallying 18 points (4G, 14A) for Skelleftea's junior team, the 6’3, 161-pound defenseman earned the call to play 10 games for the senior club, finishing with a plus-two rating. He also made his International Team debut, participating in the U-18 World Junior Championships.
Pos. D Shoots L
Ht. 6'3" Born 5/8/1996
Wt. 161 Hometown Skelleftea, SWE
39. Marcus Pettersson
Skelleftea - SuperElit
*Rankings as per The Hockey News
2013-14 GP G A Pts. PIM
Skelleftea Jr. 38 4 14 18 38
Skelleftea (SHL) 10 0 0 0 0
Trent Klatt, Islanders Player Development
His hockey IQ and instincts are decent. He’s very tall, lanky and shy at times, yet typically makes the right play and has a lot of room for growth. You don’t notice him a lot, but when you pay attention you realize his hockey sense is pretty good. Like many Swedish defenders, he has very good skills and is very good on his skates.
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