The New York Islanders might not have had a first round pick in this year’s NHL Entry Draft, but they still drafted five players from rounds two through seven. Here they are.
Leading up to the NHL Entry Draft the New York Islanders traded the 15th overall pick to the Vegas Golden Knights in order for the expansion team to select jean-Francois Berube instead of some of their other roster players.
They also too Mikhail Grabovski’s $5 million deal, defensive prospect Jake Bischoff and a second round pick in 2018.
But the Isles still had business to conduct in picking their next wave of young talent.
Through seven rounds the Isles made five picks – they also didn’t have a fourth-round pick on account of taking San Jose’s last draft.
Robin Salo (D) Sport Fin
The let handed Finnish defender spent his season in the top league in his native Finland. Putting up 16 points in 554 games. He only turns 19 this October so don’t expect to see him anytime soon.
Add him to the growing list of defensive prospects that the Islanders have on their books.
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Benjamin Mirageas (D) Chicago Steel USHL
Mirageas is the second of three defensemen that Garth drafted in this year’s draft. He started the year with the Bloomington Thunder of the USHL and finished with the Chicago Steel. Putting up 19 points between the two.
But in 14 playoff games for the Steel, he put up another ten points. He seems to just be getting better and better. Keep an eye out for him.
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Sebastian Aho (D) Skelleftea
Not to be mistaken with the Carolina Hurricanes forward with the exact same name, this Sebastian Aho comes from Sweden, and plays defense.
In Sweden’s top league Aho put up 30 points in 50 games with Skelleftea. He was the team’s top defensive point getter and third on the team in ice time. Aho is older at 21 and depending on contract situations with Skelleftea could be here soonish. At least at the AHL level.
Arnaud Durandeau (LW) Halifax
Playing alongside number one draft pick Nico Hischier, Arnaud Durandeau put up 41 points in 64 games for the Halifax Moosehead. He added another five points in six playoff games after losing their first round series to the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.
He’s not the biggest but the kid doesn’t mind battling.
Logan Cockerill (LW) USA U-18
If Durandeau was small Cockerill is tiny. Measuring only 5’8″ to 5’9″ depending on the source. His size is what dropped him so far down the ranks. With the US National Junior Development Program, he put up ten points in 16 games and added another 27 points in 54 games for the US National U18 team.
According to one scout, Cockerill has the best speed and acceleration in his class.
The Islanders don’t get to add a top level talent to their prospect pool on account of that first round pick going to Vegas. But some of these players might just pan out into something. Remember their names and see. Maybe we got lucky in a draft class that was one of the weakest in recent memory. Time will tell.