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Islanders Top 50 Draft Prospects: 47-45

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders

Griffin Reinhart meets a scrum of reporters at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft in Pittsburgh, PA.

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

1975 New York Islanders Draft Picks
Pat Price (1st round, 11th overall)
Dave Salvian (2nd round, 29th overall)
Joe Fortunato (3rd round, 47th overall)
Andre Lepage (4th round, 65th overall)
Dennis McLean (5th round, 83rd overall)
Mike Sleep (6th round, 101st overall)
Richie Hansen (7th round, 119th overall)
Bob Sunderland (8th round, 137th overall)
Dan Blair (9th round, 153rd overall)
Joey Girardin (10th round, 168th overall)
Geoff Green (11th round, 183rd overall)
Kari Makkonen (12th round, 194th overall)

1976 New York Islanders Draft Picks
Alex McKendry (1st round, 14th overall)
Mike Kaszycki (2nd round, 32nd overall)
Garth MacGuigan (3rd round, 50th overall)
Ken Morrow (4th round, 68th overall)
Mike Hordy (5th round, 86th overall)
Yvon Vautour (6th round, 104th overall)

1977 New York Islanders Draft Picks
Mike Bossy (1st round, 15th overall)
John Tonelli (2nd round, 33rd overall)
Hector Marini (3rd round, 50th overall)
Bruce Andres (3rd round, 51st overall)
Steve Stoyanovich (4th round, 69th overall)
Markus Mattsson (5th round, 87th overall)
Steve Letzgus (6th round, 105th overall)
Herald Luckner (7th round, 121st overall)

50-48: DeAngelo, Smith, Mayo

Kaapo Kahkonen’s size – 6’2” 201 pounds – and technical ability make him an appealing prospect in scout’s eyes. The Helsinki, FIN native entered the season as a high-profile goalie prospect, but saw his numbers take a dip in 2013-14. He posted a .912 save percentage in 38 games for the U20 Espoo Blues in Jr. A SM-Liiga. Kahkonen went 9-2 in the playoffs for the Blues en route to the SM-Liiga Jr. A Championship.
Pos. G Catches L
Ht. 6'2" Born 8/16/1996
Wt. 201 Hometown Helsinki, FIN
47. Kaapo Kahkonen
U20 Espoo Blues - SM-Liiga
*Rankings as per The Hockey News
2013-14 GP GAA SV%
U20 Espoo 38 N/A .912
Mike Dunham, Islanders Goaltending Coach
Kahkonen plays butterfly with good size and good technical ability. Able to stay big as he moves around the crease.

At 6’3”, 189-pounds, Andreas Englund brings size to the blueline. The Stockholm, Swe., native utilizes his frame and is a prototypical shutdown defenseman.  Englund, 18, advanced rapidly through the Swedish ranks over the past two seasons and currently skates for Djurgarden in Allsvenskan. When Englund fills out his tall frame, he’ll impose his will in the back end and in the corners.

Pos. D Shoots L
Ht. 6'3" Born 1/21/1996
Wt. 189 Hometown Stockholm, SWE
46. Andreas Englund
Djurgarden, Allsvenskan
*Rankings as per The Hockey News
2013-14 GP G A P PIM
Djurgarden 19 1 1 2 14
Djurgarden (Jr.) 33 5 5 10 26
Trent Klatt, Islanders Player Development
Left-handed shooting defenseman who plays a more North American style of game than you normally sees from the Swedes. Hockey sense, desire and passion are fantastic with this guy. He does little things, plays the body and almost has that unsung hero type of game to him.
Alex Nedeljkovic was rock solid for the Plymouth Whalers this season, improving his save percentage despite the Whalers dropping 30 points in the OHL standings. Nedeljkovic supplied quality goaltending and guided the Whalers to the postseason.  Scouts rave about his natural athletic ability and how the Parma, OH, native never gives up on a play. Nedeljkovic led the US to gold at the U18 tournament where he posted a 1.84 goals against average.
Pos. G Catches L
Ht. 6'0" Born 1/1/1996
Wt. 183 Hometown Parma, OH
45. Alex Nedeljkovic
Plymouth Whalers, OHL
*Rankings as per The Hockey News
2013-14 GP W-L-T GAA SV%
Plymouth 61 26-27-7 2.88 .925
Mike Dunham, Islanders Goaltending Coach
Plays more of a hybrid style where his first instinct is to wait for the shot before deciding to stand up or go to the butterfly. His crease movement is strong so he is in position to make saves and does a real good job of controlling rebounds.
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