Quine and Pelech have slowly risen to top of Isles prospect system
It’s no secret that the Islanders have a very good prospect system, mainly due to the rebuild they went through between the years of 2007 and 2014. The likes of Michael Dal Colle, Matthew Barzal, Josh Ho-Sang, and Ryan Pulock are the premiere names, but over the years the Islanders have accumulated some solid players outside of the first round. Two of those players are Adam Pelech and Alan Quine.
Pelech, a third round pick from 2012, made his NHL debut for the Islanders this past Friday night against Anaheim. He was a +1 and showed signs of being a solid bottom-four defenseman. His awareness and calmness are his best traits, and he did not look out of place on the ice like many rookie defensemen would in their first game.
Pelech earned his call-up, due to his solid play in Bridgeport this year (2-2-4 in 14 games). Both head coach Brent Thompson and other analysts around the league renowned him as a solid, stay at home defensemen with little obvious flaws to his game. Pelech is similar to a player like Griffin Reinhart, who the Islanders traded this summer, despite his physical game not being as good.
Pelech will likely be sent back down when Thomas Hickey comes back from injury, but if he keeps playing the way he’s playing he’ll be in good position for a roster spot soon. He will still have to battle his way through Hickey, Calvin de Haan, Ryan Pulock, and Scott Mayfield for a roster spot next season.
Alan Quine, much like Pelech, has impressed in Bridgeport this year. He currently has 16 points in 16 games and is second on the team only behind Joe Whitney. Quine also lead the team with 61 points in 75 games last year (excluding Dustin Jeffery who arrived in March). Originally a draft pick of Detroit in 2011 (third round), the Islanders snagged him in the sixth round two years later. Quine still is down in the pipeline behind Ryan Strome, Taylor Beck, and likely Joe Whitney to be called up, but he’s on a good track to possibly make the team in a couple of years.
The Islanders have a lot of players to be excited for in the upcoming years, regardless if the players are “big name” prospects are not. Both Quine and Pelech are perfect examples of these types of players, and they, the Islanders management, and the fans have good reason to be excited for them to come up and play in the future.