Number 4: Michael Dal Colle
It’s been four years since Michael Dal Colle was taken fifth overall in the 2014 NHL Draft. He’s played in just four NHL games in his young career, which came last year, and he registered just one shot on goal.
Dal Colle has bust written all over him at this point. He’s days away from his 22nd birthday with little signs of development. It was a hard regression for Dal Colle last year.
It was MDC’s second full year in the AHL in 2017-2018. To give you some context, Dal Colle had 41 points (15 goals, 26 assists) in his first year in the league in 2016-2017, which is okay but not impressive. He followed that up with a 24 point (seven goals, 17 assists) performance with the Sound Tigers last year.
He needs a change of scenery and he needs it now. Looking up and down the Islanders roster I don’t see a place for him in 2017-2018, plus Kieffer Bellows, the first round pick from 2016 has already leapfrogged him in the prospect pool and will be the next winger to get a shot.
If Lou Lamoriello is smart, he’ll cut ties with Dal Colle. Maybe another GM in the league takes a flier on him as a throw-in guy in a deal. He has talent, he wouldn’t have been picked fifth overall without it, he just hasn’t developed in the Isles system.