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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) looks on in his NHL debut against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second 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) looks on in his NHL debut against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Penguins won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

Ilya Sorokin

Goalie, Age: 20

Prior to last season, most people hadn’t even heard of Ilya Sorokin. But when you completely decimate the KHL your name tends to get around.

At the ridiculous age of 20, Sorokin established himself as the best goalie in the KHL last year, showing improved development, maturity, agility, athleticism, and poise. He’s been playing in the second best hockey league since he was 17, and has progressed quickly during that time. So after his pure domination of the KHL; why is he not in the top 5 on this list?

Over the past few seasons Garth Snow has begun to take his time with prospects, waiting extra long to prevent a stunt in their growth (ahem… Josh Bailey). And with Berube’s signing just a few days ago, it appears Garth will give him a little longer to develop.

Michael Dal Colle

Left Wing, Age: 20

Michael Dal Colle is undeniably the most promising forward the Islanders have in development.

Dal Colle was drafted fifth overall in the 2014 NHL Draft, and ever since has impressed scouts with his overall ability in the offensive zone.

At just 20, his 6’2″ and 184lbs build makes grown men look small. And he isn’t too shabby when it comes to putting the puck in the net either. He is often compared to Ryan Getzlaf for his puck handling abilities, hockey IQ, passing, shooting and puck-protection skills. Combine all those abilities with his build and you’re looking at an extremely promising forward to look out for.

As stated before, Garth has a trend of taking the slow and steady approach with prospects in recent years, meaning he will probably wait on Dal Colle.

Not this year Michael, but perhaps next.

Christopher Gibson

Goalie, Age: 23

Gibson was sent the Islanders way in a five-player trade that saw Michael Grabner shipped to the Maple Leafs. This trade was just prospect loading and salary dumping by Garth, since all the players the New York Islanders acquired weren’t exactly NHL ready (and many still aren’t).

Gibson was always expected to play quality minutes in Bridgeport, but his call-up to the Islanders last season was unforeseen. But no complaints here, as he was able to secure a win for the Isles in a vital game that saw them clinch a playoff berth in.

He was able to aid the Isles in their journey to the playoffs, just not with the most grace.

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His NHL service is something the Isles will strive to avoid this season, and with Berube and Sorokin ahead in the depth chart, he is destined to be spending next season honing his talent in Bridgeport.

If all goes as planned, we shouldn’t be seeing Gibson for a few seasons.

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