New York Islanders Prospects Update: Last Three Years of Picks
2019 NHL Draft
First Round: Simon Holmstrom (RW) 23rd overall
It was a confusing pick for the New York Islanders to make. Here was a projected second-round pick taken in the first round. Why?
He impressed the Islanders so much that he’s now playing with the Sound Tigers. Maybe in a few year’s time we’re asking: “why didn’t anyone take him sooner?”
Second Round: Samuel Bolduc (D) 57th overall
The Islanders defensive prospect pool keeps on growing. Bolduc put up 37 points last season with the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada. After impressing at training camp, he’s back with his QMJHL outfit now and already has four points in eight games.
The Islanders can’t stop drafting talented defensemen it seems.
Fifth Round: Reece Newkirk (C) 147th overall
He scored 59 points in 68 games for the Portland Winterhawks last season. He already has eight in seven games this year. He may have played with Vegas Golden Knights pick Cody Glass – who had 69 poinst in 38 games last year – but now that Glass is killing it in the NHL, its clear Newkirk is good on his own right.
If this keeps up, Newkirk could be the steal of the 2019 NHL draft.
Sixth Round: Felix Bibeau (LW) 178th overall
He was Noah Dobson’s teammate with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the QMJHL last year. He scored 69 points in 63 games as he the Huskies won the QMJHL’s President’s trophy and then the CHL’s Memorial Cup.
This year he has 12 points in seven games already. The QMJHL is a high scoring league so take that result with a grain of salt.
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Seventh Round: Cole Coskey (RW) 209th overall
He played with Bode Wilde and Blade Jenkins with the Saginaw Spirit last year, scoring 63 points in 52 games. So far, the 20-year-old already has ten points in nine games. This could be yet another solid pick if things keep going this way.