The New York Islanders selected Windsor Spitefires winger, Matthew Maggio, in the fifth round of the 2022 NHL Draft on Friday afternoon. Maggio was drat eligible last season, but ended up undrafted. He was invited to the Washington Capitals rookie camp last summer, but promptly returned to Windsor.
After his first taste of an NHL rookie camp, Maggio wanted more. He had a breakout performance with Windsor in the 2021-22 season emerging for 38 goals and 85 points in 66 games and ranked 15th overall in the OHL regular season scoring race. Maggio had just nine points less than Seattle Kraken's fourth overall selection, Shane Wright.
Steve Kournianos, A.K.A "The Draft Analyst" via Twitter states Maggio is an overager he really likes:
"Fast, loves to shoot, and was used on the point for the PP. Really stood out."- Steve Kournianos
Maggio is a skilled forward that has solid stick-handling that gives him playmaking ability. Couple that with a strong shot and you have the make of an offensive threat. He'll need to work on his skating that has been labeled as just "fine," however that won't cut it at the NHL level.
Daylan Kuefler is another overager that the Islanders selected with their last pick in the draft, 174th overall. Kuefler is a big body at 6'2, 192 pounds. The winger scored 38 goals and 59 points in 65 games for the WHL Kamloops Blazers.
Both Maggio and Kuefler will attend the Islanders training camp this year. Lamoriello stated it's "too early to tell whether any will play for organization next season. That will be determined in September."