Kieffer Bellows | 2016 19th Overall
Six years. It's been six years since the Islanders drafted Kieffer Bellows and he hasn't really stood out until this past year when he scored 19 points in 45 games.
He was physical, he played some decent defensive hockey, and, more importantly, he scored fairly consistently. Bellows can clearly play at the NHL level. Now it's seeing how high his ceiling is.
It's probably a middle-six winger and may be closer to a third-line player when it's all said and done. And while you'll take that, we all had the hope he'd maybe be a bit more if not reach that potential a lot sooner than year seven after the draft.
Anthony Beauvillier | 2015 28th Overall
This is where things start getting tough. Why does one player move up over another? For what he's done at the NHL, what he could do at the NHL, or was he the best pick they could have made based on where they drafted?
Again, it's getting tough.
I've got Beauvillier at fifth overall because of his up and down performances. He's got the potential to be more but in four years at the NHL, we haven't seen more than a player who can be best described as hot-and-cold.
Good pick? Yeah. Could the Islanders have selected a better player? Maybe, Sebastian Aho being selected seven picks later would have been reaaal nice, but hindsight is 20-20.