New Years Resolution 2: Better Prospect Development
With Mathew Barzal being the exception, the New York Islanders really don’t develop prospects well. Let’s start back to the 2013 draft. They selected Ryan Pulock that year, and now four years later he’s still struggling to get ice time at the NHL level.
Same goes for the Islanders first round picks in 2014. Michael Dal Colle is the only member of that first round class that has yet to see ice time at the NHL level, and Josh Ho-Sang is bouncing up and down from the NHL to AHL like a lottery ping pong ball.
It’s not that these guys are busts, I still have faith in Pulock and Ho-Sang, not so sure about Dal Colle, but it’s how the Islanders handle prospects once they draft them.
With Mathew Barzal and John Tavares as the exception, how many real studs have the Islanders selected in the Garth Snow era in round one? It took Josh Bailey a decade to reach his potential, Nino Niederreiter, Ryan Strome and Griffin Reinhart (the Islanders first selection in the 2010-2012 drafts) are all gone.
It’s clearly an organizational issue and something that should be addressed sooner rather than later. It can’t be that the Islanders are missing in the draft every single year, it’s what happens after the player is selected that’s the problem here.