Islanders prospects report: Focus on last five draft classes

Otto Koivula #21 of the New York Islanders (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Robin Salo is interviewed after being selected 46th overall by the New York Islanders (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /


Robin Salo (Orebro | 22yo)
Season Stats: 36GP, 5G, 20A, 25pts, 21:50 ATOI
Second-round pick (46 OVR)

The Isles and Salo agreed to a two-year ELC this week. He’ll effectively burn that first year of the deal playing with Orebro. I’d also suspect he’ll play in the AHL in the last year of his deal before jumping to the NHL.

He’s one of the top d-men in the SHL and easily the top U23 d-man in the league. He’s an exciting prospect to add to an already decent blueline prospect pool.

Ben Mirageas (Providence | 21yo)
Season stats: 19GP, 1G, 8A, 9pts
Third-round pick (77 OVR)

Mirageas is on pace to have a really strong bounce-back year after three points in 26 games in 19-20. Can he factor in the Islanders already talented defensive prospect pool? I’m not sure, but if the Worcester Railers play in 21-22 I bet he factors.

Arnaud Durandeau (AHL | 22yo)
Season stats: 1GP
Sixth-round pick (165 OVR)

Durandeau had a good season at the ECHL level in 19-20 with eight points in 15 games. He added another eight points in 21 AHL games last year. It’s hard to tell how things are going this year with only a game under his belt, but I don’t think he’ll make the NHL. His ceiling seems just below the top league.

Logan Cockerill (Boston University | 21yo)
Season stats: 6GP, 4G, 1A, 5pts
Seventh-round pick (201 OVR)

Cockerill wears the “C” for the Terriers, and if we know anything about the Islanders, they love leaders. He’s having a much better year than 18-19 where he put up five points in 18 games.

He’d be an interesting bottom-six center at the pro level but I’m not sure his ceiling is quite at the NHL level.