Eyes on Isles 2016 Mock NHL Entry Draft

Jun 26, 2015; Sunrise, FL, USA; A general view of the podium on stage before the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 26, 2015; Sunrise, FL, USA; A general view of the podium on stage before the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jun 26, 2015; Sunrise, FL, USA; Mathew Barzal poses with team executives after being selected as the number sixteen overall pick to the New York Islanders in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 26, 2015; Sunrise, FL, USA; Mathew Barzal poses with team executives after being selected as the number sixteen overall pick to the New York Islanders in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports /

16. Detroit Red Wings

17. Nashville Predators

151. . . RW. Julien Gauthier . 17

18. Philadelphia Flyers

LW. Max Jones . 18. 68. .

19. New York Islanders

. LW. Kieffer Bellows . 19. 106.

20. Arizona Coyotes

. C/RW. Luke Kunin . 20. 121.

The New York Islanders, who frankly we care more about than the other teams, finally get to step up to the podium to amke their selection. We know there is significant talk that Islanders GM Garth Snow might actually trade the pick, but we didn’t want to over complicate things too much.

At number 19 the New York Islanders select, from the USA National Team Developmental Program, playing at left wing, Kieffer Bellows.

Kieffer is a strong forward great on the forecheck and winning puck battles along the boards. Skills that helped him collect 81 points in 62 games for the U18 US team and another eight points in seven games as the US capture the gold at the World Junior U18 tournament.

Garth Snow took the best player he could at 19 and Isles fans should be happy with the selection.

The Philadelphia Flyers take Max Jones at the 18th spot of the draft. Jones falls this late in the draft because of his lack of discipline. We should all remember the hit Jones laid on Justin Brack in the OHL playoffs this past season.

The hit landed Jones a 12-game suspension from the OHL and ignited discussion at the NHL level for similar if not at least relatively comparable enforcement from the Department of Player Safety.

Jones shouldn’t be defined simply by that hit, but it doesn’t help his image going into the draft. In 63 games for the London Knights, Jones had 52 points. Not a bad haul. But he also has 106 penalty minutes.

In fact, over the last three season Max Jones has 534 penalty minutes over 150 games. Giving him an average of 178 penalty minutes in an average 50 game season, or almost four minutes a game.

Jones has talent, but his lack of discipline is a factor that scares many teams.

Next: Picks No. 21 to 25

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