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ISLES BUSY ON DAY 2

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

LOS ANGELES -- Day two of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft is over and done, but the Islanders were very busy at the draft table, drafting a quartet of players while making a few deals as well.


The Islanders had to wait a little bit before they could start second-day draft action, as they had traded their #35 and #58 selections to the Chicago Blackhawks the night before in exchange for what would become #30 pick Brock Nelson.

When the time came for the Islanders to make their first selection on Saturday, Islanders General Manager Garth Snow selected LW Kirill Kabanov from the Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL).

Kabanov came into the NHL Draft with high expectations and a lot of uncertainty, which is why the talented Russian was available when the Islanders made the 65th overall selection.

"I was so excited when I heard the Islanders call my name," Kabanov said. "It's pretty cool, they are a wonderful team and have a really good organization."

With a smile that stretched from ear-to-ear, Kabanov had no worries about how far down he was taken.

"I don’t really care what round I’m gonna be (chosen in), I was waiting for who picked me," the newest Islander said. "I just wanted to show that I'm a first round player and that I will do my best to make the NHL as soon as I can. I don’t feel disappointed."

The enthusiastic Kanabov only appeared in 22 games for the Wildcats, but potted 10 games and 13 assists, before undergoing wrist surgery last season. He’s determined to not let that setback slow him down.

"I had a really bad season and I had surgery. I just want to do be back and I want to do all my best to improve myself as a hockey player," Kabanov said.

With such a young team with a promising future, Kabanov is looking forward to joining the Islanders at prospect camp.

"It's a competition between the guys and it makes the guys work stronger, so I feel like the Islanders will be a great team in a couple of years," Kabonov said.

Islanders General Manager Garth Snow thought there was no question in taking the chance to draft Kabanov.

"You can't question his talent level. All things consider he'd probably have been a first round draft pick if certain things didn’t happen in the past," Snow said. "We'll start with a new slate. For me right now I’m willing to let those things stay in the past."

"You can't argue with Kirill's talent and his ability to play the game. This could be an exciting pick for us moving forward."



NYI DRAFTS JASON CLARK 85TH OVERALL


The Islanders were not done in the third round, as 17 picks later they drafted F Jason Clark from Shattuck-St. Mary’s High School with the 82nd overall selection.

Clark felt like a huge weight was lifted off his shoulders when he heard his name called in the third round.

"It's a huge relief. Going into it I just wanted to have an open mind, stay a little relaxed and not be so uptight and just go for the experience," Clark said. "No matter what round that I went in I just wanted to be happy that I went."

The Wisconsin-bound forward also realizes that he’s got a lot of more work to do.

"I think more of it matters on what happens after the draft instead of before so I'm going to do whatever I can to help the program succeed in the future."

Clark already has some Islanders connections as current Islanders forward Kyle Okposo is a fellow alumni from Shattucks-St. Mary’s HS. He’s looking forward to seeing Kyle and to learn more about his new team come training camp time.

"I'll definitely gain a lot more knowledge in the summer so I'm excited for it."

ISLES MAKE DEALS, SELECT DeHART and ROSEN

Day two of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft didn’t come without some wheeling and dealing, which the Islanders did a little bit of. The Islanders first traded their 2010 fourth round pick (#95 overall) to Colorado for the Avalanche’s 2011 third round pick.

Two rounds later the Islanders traded both sixth round picks (#155 and 160) to Atlanta for the Thrashers 2011 fifth round pick.

In between all the moves the Islanders drafted two more players into their system.

Defenseman Tony DeHart was selected in the fifth round (125th overall) from the Oshawa Generals. In the 2009-10 season with the Generals, DeHart compiled 10 goals and 40 assists, along with 82 PIM in 68 games.

Following the idle sixth round, the Islanders selected goaltender Cody Rosen in the seventh round (185th overall) from Clarkson University (ECAC).

Rosen only appeared in one game with Clarkson, however in his previous season with the Kingston Voyaguers (OJHL), he compiled a 14-3-1 record over 18 games with a 2.90 GAA.

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