Round 7 Pick 185
Original Pick: Jake Bischoff | Our Pick: Christian Djoos
There’s no doubt that the seventh round of the NHL draft is slim pickings. Of the 30 players taken in the seventh round of the 2012 NHL Draft, only seven players have appeared in at least a single NHL game by 2018. Only three have featured in more than ten NHL games.
And guess what. Jake Bischoff isn’t one of them. Bischoff, who is now part of the Vegas Golden Knights organization hasn’t made a single NHL appearance.
The blueliner had a good final year with the University of Minnesota in 2016-17. In 38 games he had 32 points. The Islander promptly signed him to a two-year deal on March 28th, 2017. He wouldn’t last long with the Islanders. Bischoff was part of a trade with the Vegas Golden Knights to keep George McPhee’s hands off the Islanders roster in the expansion draft.
The Islanders could have selected Christian Djoos. Of course, hindsight is 20/20. Is 24 points in the under 20 league of the SHL better than 40 points in high school? That’s the difference between Djoss and Bischoff.
But knowing what we know now about the 195th pick in the 2012 NHL draft, Djoos was and still is the better prospect.
Five years from his draft Djoos scored 58 points in 66 AHL games for the Washington Capitals AHL affiliate Hershey Bears. Earning him a call-up to the NHL in 2017-18. In 63 games this season Djoos has 14 points for the Capitals.
Unlike Bischoff, Christian Djoos made the Washington Capitals roster and is even playing in the Stanley Cup Finals as part of the Capitals third defensive unit.
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It’s still puzzling as to why the New York Islanders decided to select seven straight defenders in 2012. Maybe they thought more shots you take the more chances you have to land a good player. I guess. Either way it didn’t work. And they missed out on a lot of talent.