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New York Islanders: Top 5 NHL Ready Prospects

By Matthew Collins
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 /
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Jan 2, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Islanders goalie Christopher Gibson (33) prepares to make a save against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Penguins won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 2, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Islanders goalie Christopher Gibson (33) prepares to make a save against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Penguins won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

The New York Islanders prospect pool is consistently regarded as one of the deepest and most promising in the NHL. With young stars on the rise and limited space on the NHL roster, it’s anyone’s guess as to who will play in the Big Boy League this season.

After what proved to be an eventful 23 minutes last Wednesday, followed by a free agent frenzy never before seen on the first day, the Islanders have answered many questions which were previously unanswered.

New faces were brought in to replace the talents that left, making the NHL club just as flooded as it once was. But many fans are not discussing the depth players that are walking this summer. Vital pieces such as Steve Bernier, Marek Zidlicky, Eric Boulton, and others are slated to depart or already have.

Depth has, and always will be, the most important ingredient to a successful team. And this is where the prospects come in.

Garth Snow didn’t sign an abundance of depth players from free agency and most likely won’t. Mainly because he is expecting many of the promising talents to step up and make a name for themselves.

With the starting line-ups nearly full, it’s anyone’s guess as to which prospects will make the cut for the 23-man roster.

To give you an idea of the young, new faces you may be seeing next season, here is a list of prospects most likely to make an impact this fall.

Note: In order make this list, a player may have seen some playing time during the regular season and/or playoffs due to late call-ups, but cannot have been named to an NHL roster at the beginning of a season in the past.

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