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Islanders Top 50 Draft Prospects: 8-7

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders

A fan holds up a sign at the Islanders 2011 Draft Party.

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

2007 New York Islanders Draft Picks
Mark Katic (3rd round, 62nd overall)
Jason Gregoire (3rd round, 76th overall)
Maxim Gratchev (4th round, 106th overall)
Blake Kessel (6th round, 166th overall)
Simon Lacroix (7th round, 196th overall)

2008 New York Islanders Draft Picks
Josh Bailey (1st round, 9th overall)
Corey Trivino (2nd round, 36th overall)
Aaron Ness (2nd round, 40th overall)
Travis Hamonic (2nd round, 53rd overall)
David Toews (3rd round, 66th overall)
Jyri Niemi (3rd round, 72nd overall)
Kirill Petrov (3rd round, 73rd overall)
Matt Donovan (4th round, 96th overall)
David Ullstrom (4th round, 102nd overall)
Kevin Poulin (5th round, 126th overall)
Matt Martin (5th round, 148th overall)
Jared Spurgeon (6th round, 156th overall)
Justin DiBenedetto (6th round, 175th overall)

Haydn Fleury brings size and a scoring touch to the Red Deer Rebels back end, posting 46 points (8G, 38A) in 70 games this season. At 6’2” 203 pounds, Fleury is on the right side of six feet and 200 pounds and has won on the international stage. The Regina, SK, native won a bronze medal and was named the best defenseman at the U-18 tournament, while also winning gold at last summer’s Ivan Hlinka tournament.
Pos. D Shoots L
Ht. 6'2" Born 7/8/1996
Wt. 203 Hometown Regina, SK
8. Haydn Fleury
Red Deer - WHL
*Rankings as per The Hockey News
2013-14 GP G A Pts. PIM
Red Deer 70 8 38 46 46
Trent Klatt, Islanders Player Development
Big time skating defender. Very agile and mobile on the back end with a very good skill set. Breaks the puck out with ease, transitions accurately and can absolutely fly through the neutral zone with the puck. Defends wisely not over committing and is very responsible in his own end.

Nikolaj Ehlers burst onto the Canadian junior scene this season, leading all CHL rookies with 104 points (49G, 55A) in 63 games with the Halifax Mooseheads. Ehlers broke all the QMJHL’s rookie scoring records and scored 50 points (25G, 25A) on a torrid 19-game point streak to end the regular season and start the playoffs. Ehlers is small at 5’11” 162 pounds, but his speed, vision and high-end skill make him a tantalizing prospect. He handily won the CHL’s Rookie of the Year award.

Pos. LW Shoots L
Ht. 5'11" Born 2/14/1996
Wt. 162 Hometown Aalborg, Den.
7. Nikolaj Ehlers
Halifax Mooseheads - QMJHL
*Rankings as per The Hockey News
2013-14 GP G A Pts. PIM
Halifax 63 49 55 104 51
Trent Klatt, Islanders Player Development
Where did this guy come from? Ehlers burst onto the scene this year and worked his way right into a top-20 ranking. He's very agile and is a mobile skater who is able to make quick changes of direction to elude a checker or get open for a pass. He has a great shot with a quick release. Sees the ice and utilizes his line mates very well. Put up huge numbers this year.
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