5 Prospects the NY Islanders should target at Pick No. 49 in the NHL Draft

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Cam Allen

This one is a high risk, high reward type of play. Cam Allen is a 5 '11 defenseman playing for the Guelph Storm, and was recently voted as Team Canada’s U18 captain for the IIHF World Championships. He’s such an interesting case because last year he won the OHL Rookie of the Year, and then under-performed in year two. Most of that can be attested to the struggles Guelph endured with multiple coaching changes, and starting off 2-9-2 in its first 13 games as well as an injury that kept him out six games. 

Allen is a right shot defenseman, which the Islanders are in need of, as well as a mobile, power play specialist. What he does lack is his man-to-man defensive play which causes him to lose battles and find himself out of position. As we all know, defensemen take a bit longer to develop, and Allen would be a long-term project. However, the payout is immense. If Lamoriello & Co. are willing to take the plunge, Cam Allen could be worth the wait.