2023 NHL Mock Draft: Breaking down five possible NY Islanders picks

2023 Kubota CHL Top Prospects Game
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2nd Round (49)

Riley Heidt, C, Prince George Cougars (WHL)

Regarded as one of the top playmakers in the entire draft, Riley Heidt is an offensive dynamo capable of putting up staggering numbers. Finishing the WHL season with 72 assists, Heidt tied for the WHL lead with Bedard.

Heidt has a wow factor to his game, willing to attempt the unthinkable at any given moment. At this year's CHL Top Prospects Game, Heidt attempted a Michigan-style goal, barely missing a highlight reel goal. Heidt assisted on Team Red's only goal and was named his team's Top Player of the Game, adding five shots on goal.

Heidt is a high-end puck handler with incredible hockey sense. He believes he can succeed at anything he attempts on the ice, almost to a fault. He's a risk taker, sometimes forcing plays that aren't necessarily there, leading to opportunities in the other direction.

Last week at the NHL combine, Islanders scouts sat down with Central Scouting's (NA skaters) 21st-ranked skater, so there is for sure interest on the Isles' end, but there's a chance Heidt will be scooped up before Lamoriello makes his way to the podium.