Rounds 2 and 3
The Islanders own 4 picks in the 2nd and 3rd rounds. As we saw last season with players like Landon Ferraro, Carl Klingberg, Jeremy Morin and Drew Shore players can sometimes slip from the end of the 1st round to the mid/late 2nd round.
If you remember in 2008, Kirill Petrov, Corey Trivino and Aaron Ness were all mentioned as possible first rounders and were all chosen by the Islanders ironically in the 2nd and 3rd rounds. Here are some players who are ranked anywhere from 25 to 85 by ISS.
2nd and 3rd Round Possibilities
ISS Rank 25
In proof that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, meet Jarred Tinordi. His father was Mark Tinordi who played most of his career for the Minnesota North Stars. They basically play the same game, a rough a tumble defenseman who isn’t afraid to throw the body around. Tinordi is already huge and doesn’t shy away from contact. Jarred has a little more offensive skill than his Dad did but would not be considered a offensive threat. ISS says his ceiling could be a top 3 defenseman.
ISS Rank 27
I don’t see Rensfeldt falling into the 2nd round as he is way too talented to fall, but if for some reason he does fall to 35, he would be a steal. He plays a very big game (likened to Detroit’s Johan Franzen), and has a laser like shot. His shot is extremely accurate and his size allows him to out muscle opposing players. ISS feels Rensfeldt will develop into a strong scoring option and could really take off if he plays with an established passer.
Sudbury Wolves – OHL
ISS Rank 39
At this time last year, McFarland was ranked as a top 10 prospect. His character and leadership qualities (or lack thereof) have cause him to drop into a freefall and land at 39. McFarland had an impressive combine and may have moved himself back into the late first round early second round, but a far cry from 5-10 that was being discussed last year. He was wildly inconsistent this season and scored only 50 points in 64 games on a team he was supposed to carry offensively. McFarland is a hugely talented player with outstanding skating, shooting skills but has wilted in the spotlight. Some scouts think being taken in the 2nd round might be the best thing for McFarland as it would take some of the pressure off of him and allow him to just concentrate on developing his game.
Moncton Wildcats – QMJHL
ISS Rank 45
Kabanov is without a doubt the wildcard of this draft. He has the skills and mentality to become the best player in this draft, but his major flaw is his attitude. Kabanov has been dismissed from 2 of his teams this season and I have to say, it would take some pretty atrocious behavior to have a player of his talent be sent home, twice no less. Kabanov is listed as an elite skater, dynamic with the puck and has outstanding hands. But for the first time in the 3 years I have been following ISS’s reports they have ranked a player in the top 100 with a below average rating. Kabanov was rated below average for his defensive play. My personal feeling…if you have 6 picks in the top 100 (like the Islanders do) you have the opportunity to swing for the fences for at least one of those picks. Kabanov would be that guy. Especially if they walk away with either Gudbranson or Fowler (like I think they will).
Jokerit – SEL
ISS Rank 48
Pulkkinen is a very passoniate and exciting goal scorer. He loves the offensive side of the game and excels there. He’s isn’t huge, but loves to hit and is a kid who as ISS reports “makes things happen”. He is a player that can score and has very good quickness. He has the opportunity to put up tremendous goal totals if he is paired with a gifted playmaker. Pulkkinen could be available around the 58th pick.
Harvard University – ECAC
ISS Rank 50
Biega is another wildcard. He doesn’t have overwhelming strength (which is something he needs to work on) but has the tools and talent to develop into a top 4 defenseman. Biega is an excellent skater and is extremely poised. He plays a bit of a risky game (throwing big open ice hits but leave himself open to missing those hits as well) but has outstanding acceleration. Biega could be available at 58 or even 65.
Windsor Spitfires – OHL
ISS Rank 52
Shugg is about a safe a pick as you can get. He doesn’t do anything eye popping, but he does everything well. He gives you an honest 2 way game and as ISS puts it “will not hurt you when he’s on the ice”. Shugg should develop into a solid 2 way forward who can also chip in offensively. Shugg could be available at 65.
The Islanders could also be looking at some youngsters who have some New York experience already. Christian Thomas (son of former Islander Steve Thomas) and Brock Beukeboom (son of former Ranger Jeff Beukeboom) are both ranked in the 80’s and could be available to the Islanders in the late 3rd round and with their 4th round selection (95). Thomas and Beukeboom play exactly like their old men. Either could be a nice selection in the later rounds.
Next up, I’ll have my mock draft up….probably by the weekend as it’s almost finished.
Also, I’ll be covering the draft party from the Nassau Coliseum Friday night June 26th. I will be doing a live blog and I hope to keep it entertaining. If you’re at the Coliseum for the draft party, swing by the press table as say hello. (I don’t know where that’ll be, but it should be either by the penalty box or by the Islanders Blog Box).
Enjoy your week!
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