Former fifth overall selection by the New York Islanders Michael Dal Colle was nonexistent at the Blue and White Scrimmage last night.
Four years ago, the New York Islanders selected Michael Dal Colle with the fifth pick in the NHL Draft. Since the day he was drafted until now, Dal Colle has played the fewest games in the NHL in his first-round class and was the last to make his NHL debut.
We’re not counting Conner Bleackley, who hasn’t played in the league yet, because he got redrafted by St. Louis in 2016.
So, this is Dal Colle’s fifth prospect camp. Five times, Dal Colle has been at this minicamp, he’s at super senior level for a prospect. He can probably drive to the Cresent Beach Club with his eyes closed by now.
Well, last night you would hope that he would show some semblance of dominance being a top-five pick playing against guys with a more limited skill set. In fact, everyone who was there was taken lower than Dal Colle, in theory, he should’ve been standing out as far and away better than everyone else. He wasn’t.
Dal Colle was never a guy considered fast out there on the ice, but there was a noticeable difference with him on the ice. He struggled to keep up with his linemate Oliver Wahlstrom, and often times looked flatfooted trying to skate.
There was also a time in the first game where he had a brutal turnover that almost allowed the white team extend their lead.
Watching him last night reminded me of watching Brock Nelson when he glides around. It was a scary sight. There’s no way he makes the Islanders roster in October, he hasn’t impressed enough at camp, and he’s coming off a 24 point season in the AHL.
If he isn’t traded he’ll go to Bridgeport and by this time next year if he’s still around I guess he’ll be at his sixth rookie camp. I really wish Dal Colle would perform, I want to be wrong about him, but everything I saw last night reiterates my theory that he’s a bust. Maybe Lou can salvage the pick and flip him in a trade.