Round Five – 125th Overall Pick
NYI Pick: John Persson
Pick they should have made: Fredrik Claesson (126th overall OTT)
Sandwiched between the two Islanders picks in the fifth round, Fredrick Claesson would have been the better pick for the Isles to make over John Persson.
With 113 games played in the NHL, Freddy Claesson is already a better prospect than John Persson. Persson would play but ten games for the Islanders and score a single goal.
Persson is now playing in the Swedish Hockey League. Claesson is still in the NHL playing with the New York Rangers.
Round Five – 127th Overall Pick
NYI Pick: Brenden Kichton
Pick they should have made: Andrew Shaw (139th overall CHI)
Andrew Shaw is a great heart-and-soul type of player. He’ll give his all for the team and gives his full effort every night. He’s a bit of a pest, but every NHL team needs one of those.
Unlike Kichton who the Islanders actually picked, Andrew Shaw has played in the NHL. And unlike most Islanders players, Shaw has a Stanley Cup ring. Two in fact.
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Round Seven – 185th Overall Pick
NYI Pick: Mitchell Theoret
Pick they should have made: Ryan Dzingel (204th overall OTT)
Theoret scored 20 points in his draft year for the Niagra Ice Dogs. Dzingel scored 67 in 54 games in the USHL. Sure the caliber of the USHL to the OHL, but still, it’s clear that Theoret wasn’t a standout player at even the OHL level, while Dzingel had something going for him.
In the seventh round, you’d think that would be good enough to take a chance on.