New York Islanders Prospects Update: Last Three Years of Picks
2017 NHL Draft
The Islanders made five picks that year, with three defensemen and two forwards. They famously didn’t have a first-round pick after giving it to the Vegas Golden Knights in order to preserve a number of exposed players in the expansion draft.
That first-round pick eventually became defenseman Erik Brannstrom who is now in Ottawa as part of the Mark Stone trade.
Second Round: Robin Salo (D) 46th overall
Salo is in the Finnish Liiga, the same league the Islanders drafted him from. He’s no longer playing with Sport Vaasa but has since moved to SaiPa Lappeenranta.
The 20-year-old put up 16 points in 57 games last season. With four in ten games so far, he’s on pace for 24 points, a career-high.
Third Round: Ben Mirageas (D) 77th overall
Mirageas is in his third year with Providence College of the NCAA. He’s only played a single game so far and doesn’t have a point. He had a down year in terms of production last season with 13 points in 42 games. Now that he’s a junior maybe he gets on the ice when the team is playing North of the neutral zone?
Fifth Round: Sebastian Aho (D) 139th overall
If he was playing for another team he might already be in the NHL. The 5’11” blueliner showed he has the skill and can compete at the top level in a 22 game cameo appearance back in 2017-18.
With 46 points in 67 AHL games, he’s too good for that level. But with the strength of the Islanders defensive roster, he’s still in Bridgeport for another year. He already had a point in two games this season. So off he’s off to a good start.
Sixth Round: Arnaud Durandeau (LW) 165th overall
What a pick up by the Islanders. With 73 points in 68 games last season with the Halifax Moosehead, the Islanders couldn’t let him go for free. So they signed him to a three-year ELC.
He’s yet to feature for the Sound Tigers but when he does he should add to their core of talented forwards.
Seventh Round: Logan Cockerill (LW) 201st overall
He had eleven points for Boston University last season in his sophomore year. Hopefully, Cockerill can stand out in his junior year.