Isaiah George, D (98th overall, 2022)
Isaiah George has already made headlines, signing his ELC with the Islanders yesterday. He made a brief cameo at training camp last season but missed significant ice time after suffering an injury. George is one of the more anticipated prospects attending camp this year, as we'll get our first good look at him in blue and orange.
George was projected to go as high as the second round at the 2022 NHL Draft. He was one of the most athletic players in the draft and possesses phenomenal skating ability. Playing a two-way game on defense, George can change speeds while remaining hard on his edges, allowing him to keep up with the puck carrier on defense and evade a forecheck with the puck.
Spending the last two seasons with the London Knights of the OHL, George will be one of the leaders on a talented squad that could compete for the OHL title and a Memorial Cup. He thinks with more of a defensive mind, but his offense has become stronger during his time playing junior hockey. During his first season with London, George averaged .34 points per game, improving those numbers to .41 last season. Entering his final year of juniors, he'll take on a more significant offensive role as the Islanders hope he'll take another step in his development before joining the team in Bridgeport.