Islanders Draft

New York Islanders Recent First Round Selections

By Matt O'Leary
Jun 26, 2015; Sunrise, FL, USA; Anthony Beauvillier puts on a team jersey after being selected as the number twenty-eight 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; Anthony Beauvillier puts on a team jersey after being selected as the number twenty-eight 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 /
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Jun 26, 2015; Sunrise, FL, USA; Mathew Barzal puts on a team jersey 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 /

Mathew Barzal Round 1 Pick 16

The Islanders selected the all around skilled Mathew Barzal with a pick they acquired for a fading prospect Griffin Reinhart. Last year with the Seattle Thunderbirds Barzal was impressive. He put up 88 points in 58 games. His production continued into the playoffs as he had 26 points in 18 games.

The Islanders hope that he can develop into a first liner for John Tavares. He’s an extremely good play maker which comes at a price. Many knock him for being too apprehensive to shoot the puck. The potential is there, it may just take some more time for him to fine tune his skills. He’s certainly expected to be a top 6 forward.

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Jun 26, 2015; Sunrise, FL, USA; Anthony Beauvillier shakes hands with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman after being selected as the number twenty-eight 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 /

Anthony Beauvillier Round 1 Pick 28

Beauvillier is characterized as a scoring center. Beauvillier is currently the captain of the Shawinigan Cataractes and just had a very impressive 2015-2016 campaign. 40 goals in 47 games and 15 goals in 21 playoff games.

The guy is good at producing offensively. He’s smaller for an NHL player at 5’10” 176 lbs but he isn’t afraid to throw the body around a little bit. His ceiling is developing into a top 6 forward. If that doesn’t happen he at least plays both ways to be a bottom 6 forward, although his lack of size hurts him in that aspect.

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