The New York Islanders are a Stanley Cup contending franchise and yet they haven’t stripped their farm system. Some players have graduated like Noah Dobson, and others got a partial introduction to the NHL. The Islanders let their prospects marinate, and so far, the results have helped them at the NHL level.
He’s 6-1, very strong, and offensively smart. He’s a very strong skater. This right wing knows how to get around the defense or uncork his pro shot. His defense is better, and he will start with the Islanders and improve on the 12 goals he scored last season.
This prospect has disrupted a lot of plays everywhere he has played. The 6-4, 200-pound defenseman has a lot of potential. His late birthday gives him more development time. He has some offense in his game. He plays the Trotz way. He sticks up for his teammates.
This center is good on the rush. He can play good puck possession hockey in the corners. He is dangerous as always around the net and impressed everyone in the preseason. Raty is set to go back to Finland to continue his development.
This prospect is a good skating defenseman who can take the puck up the ice to get the offense going or block a shot and play solid defense. He has a shot to make the big club this year.
This left wing will lay the big hit to get the puck. His skating is good enough. He has a strong wrist shot that may come in handy at the NHL level.
When this defenseman is skating, he is light on his feet. He gets up the ice quickly. He has a hard one-timer. He can be a weapon on the penalty kill. He’s physical and can win puck battles.
He’s a fast winger who knows how to get behind a defense. The Swede has excellent stick and puck skills. He’s a precision passer but can score just as easily. He needs to work on his defense,
This versatile winger may be 5-foot-9, but he plays with vim and vigor. He’s tremendous on the penalty kill, and his speed can get him some points down the road as he does at Boston University.
He’s 6-5, 225, and he has quick hands. This left wing showed a great backhand in the crease. He can turn defense into offense.
This right wing has some offense in his game, but he is likely a bottom-six player who can fill a role down the line.