Islanders Top 25 Under 25: Mathew Barzal reigns supreme
16. Ruslan Iskhakov
Draft: 43 OVR 2018
I like Ruslan Iskhakov a lot. He might be a tad small for the NHL (5’8″) but I think he’s got the creativity and offensive abilities to shine. With that being said, he isn’t having the strongest start in Finland and that’s why I have him lower on my list. I would imagine as the season progresses Iskhakov may start rising the depth chart.
17. Bobo Carpenter
Carpenter had a decent first season in the pros with 12 points in 28 games for the Sound Tigers. A shoulder injury from the previous year limited his playing time in 19-20 so he’ll hope that an injury-free year could push him up the depth charts.
18. Arnaud Durandeau
Draft: 165 OVR 2017
Arnaud Durandeau split his time between the ECHL and AHL in 19-20 putting up a combined 16 points in 36 games. With no ECHL this year for Worcester well see what happens to Durandeau who isn’t high on the depth charts. He’ll likely be a fourth-line player for the Sound Tigers in 20-21.
19. Blade Jenkins
Draft: 134 OVR 2018
Good player, even better first name.
With three productive years playing for the Saginaw Spirit, the Islanders signed Jenkins to a three-year ELC in May. He’ll certainly be a depth player for Bridgeport this season. He and Durandeau could likely alternate as the 13th forward for the Sound Tigers.
20. Mitch Vande Sompel
Draft: 82 OVR 2015
Vande Sompel is an alright defender but it’s hard to see him being able to make the jump to the NHL. Sebastian Aho is having a hard enough time getting on the Islanders roster. After missing the year due to injury just getting back on the ice is good enough for Vande Sompel I imagine.