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Islanders Top 50 Draft Prospects: 44-42

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders

Ryan Strome puts on an Islanders jersey on stage 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

1978 New York Islanders Draft Picks
Steve Tambellini (1st round, 15th overall)
Randy Johnston (2nd round, 34th overall)
Dwayne Lowdermilk (3rd round, 51st overall)
Greg Hay (5th round, 84th overall)
Kelly Davis (6th round, 101st overall)
Richard Pepin (7th round, 118th overall)
Dave Cameron (8th round, 135th overall)
Paul Joswiak (9th round, 152nd overall)
Scott Cameron (10th round, 169th overall)
Christer Lowdahl (11th round, 184th overall)
Gunnar Persson (12th round, 199th overall)

1979 New York Islanders Draft Picks
Duane Sutter (1st round, 17th overall)
Tomas Jonsson (2nd round, 25th overall)
Bill Carroll (2nd round, 38th overall)
Roland Melanson (3rd round, 59th overall)
Tim Lockridge (4th round, 80th overall)
Glen Duncan (5th round, 101st overall)
John Gibb (6th round, 122nd overall)

1980 New York Islanders Draft Picks
Brent Sutter (1st round, 17th overall)
Kelly Hrudey (2nd round, 38th overall)
Dave Simpson (3rd round, 59th overall)
Monty Trottier (4th round, 68th overall)
Greg Gilbert (4th round, 80th overall)
Ken Leiter (5th round, 101st overall)
Dan Revell (6th round, 122nd overall)
Mark Hamway (7th round, 143rd overall)
Morrison Gare (8th round, 164th overall)
Peter Steblyk (9th round, 185th overall)
Glenn Johannsen (10th round, 206th overall)

50-48: DeAngelo, Smith, Mayo
47-45: Kahkonen, Englund, Nedeljkovic
Ryan MacInnis debuted in the OHL this past season, scoring 37 points (16G, 21A) for the Kitchener Rangers after playing one year in the USHL. MacInnis is 6’3”, an attractive attribute for a center, but weighs a lean 183 pounds. Scouts praise his two-way game and cite his enthusiasm to hustle back and help in the defensive end. The St. Louis, MO, native is the son of Hockey Hall of Famer Al MacInnis.
Pos. C Shoots L
Ht. 6'3" Born 2/14/1996
Wt. 183 Hometown St. Louis, MO
44. Ryan MacInnis
Kitchener Rangers - OHL
*Rankings as per The Hockey News
2013-14 GP G A Pts. PIM
Kitchener 66 16 21 37 18
Trent Klatt, Islanders Player Development
Big, tall, rangy left-handed shot. MacInnis does everything well and plays a solid two-way game. He has a lot of tools that are very good.

Photo: Elin Littorin

Linus Soderstrom continued his ascent up the Djurgarden ranks, appearing in 23 games in 2013-14. The Stockholm, Swe., native posted a respectable 2.61 goals against average and a .915 save percentage, but scouts see his size as an upside. Soderstrom is 6’4”, 194 pounds, is light in his crease and can get around the net.

Pos. G Catches L
Ht. 6'4" Born 8/23/1996
Wt. 194 Hometown Stockholm, SWE
43. Linus Soderstrom
Djurgarden, Allsvenskan
*Rankings as per The Hockey News
2013-14 GP GAA SV%
Djurgarden (Jr.) 23 2.61 .915
Mike Dunham, Islanders Goaltending Coach
Another big Swedish kid who gets himself square to the shooters and follows pucks into his body well, limiting rebounds. Has a calmness about his game that shows he plays under control.
Brayden Point scored a career high 91 points (36G, 55A) in 72 games during his sophomore season for the Moose Jaw Warriors. Point shattered his previous highs (24G, 33A) and was the 13th leading scorer in the Western League and second among players on non-playoff teams. Point stands 5’9”, 160lbs., which is a concern for some scouts, but smaller players are playing a bigger role in the NHL in recent seasons. 
Pos. C Shoots R
Ht. 5'9" Born 4/13/1996
Wt. 160 Hometown Calgary, AB
42. Brayden Point
Moose Jaw Warriors, WHL
*Rankings as per The Hockey News
2013-14 GP G A Pts. PIM
Moose Jaw 72 36 55 91 53
Trent Klatt, Islanders Player Development
Point is a smaller, skilled center-man that really understands the game well.  He is a heady player with vision, hands and above-average hockey sense.  Has the ability to utilize his teammates on the ice as options to create chances.  Shows the ability to make players around him better.
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