Michael Dal Colle
Michael Dal Colle needs this Mini-Camp more than his 2014 draft partner Josh Ho-Sang. The former fifth overall draft pick in 2014, Michael Dal Colle has played a total of four NHL games. And he was invisible in all four.
Dal Colle was a fantastic prospect, between 2012 and 2014 in the OHL Dal Colle scored 316 points through 246 games. Again, Michael Dal Colle was a fantastic prospect.
But when he finally made the AHL he wasn’t the same. Through 75 games in 2016-17, he scored 41 points and through 60 games in 2017-18, he had 24 points. That’s just not enough for a top-five prospect.
Maybe it’s a result of the way they played Dal Colle. Or maybe he just isn’t an NHL caliber player.
I hope it’s the former rather than the latter. I hope the issues plaguing Michael Dal Colle was simply based on usage. I hope that the “Under New Management” sign that figuratively hangs around the New York Islanders gives Dal Colle a boost.
Dal Colle needs to show new management he isn’t a lost cause. He needs to show them that while yes this is his fifth mini-camp, he’s ready for the NHL.
Lou and his advisors will be skeptical of Dal Colle going into camp. They’ve seen what Dal Colle has done since 2014. But again, much like Ho-Sang, they’ll give Dal Colle the benefit of the doubt and a chance to redeem himself. He needs to take it.