2016 New York Islanders prospects guide
This list is in no particular order.
Mathew Barzal, 19 – Seattle (WHL)
Last season: 58GP, 27G-61A-88P
Considered the best of all Isles prospects, Barzal exhibits great hands and vision. He has a real opportunity to make the 2016-2017 team
Anthony Beauvillier, 19 – Shawinigan (QMJHL)
Last season: 47GP, 40G-39A-79P
Selected 28th in 2015, Beauvillier is a hard worker and has risen the ranks in the Isles system as the year has progressed. Small, but skilled.
Michael Dal Colle, 20 – Kingston (OHL)
Last season: 30GP, 27G-28A-55P
Dal Colle had a rough few months with Oshawa but took off on Kingston. Has the ability to be a top-six forward, but also could be a trade chip for Garth Snow.
Joshua Ho-Sang, 20 – Niagara (OHL)
Last season: 66GP, 19G-63A-82P
Arguably the most offensively-skilled forward prospect in the system, but has had his fair share of issues in the past. Can become a solid NHL regular if he puts that aside when he transitions to the AHL.
Kieffer Bellows, 18 – Sioux Falls (USHL)
Last season: 58GP, 33G-19A-52P
Pure goal scorer selected 19th overall in this year’s draft. Likely to convert to wing when he transitions to the NHL.
Anatoly Golyshev, 21 – Yekaturinberg (KHL)
Last season: 56GP, 25G-19A-44P
Older prospect selected in 2016 but still has oodles of skill. Under contract in the KHL for a few more years.
Otto Koivula, 17 – Ilves U20 (SM-Liiga)
Last season: 49GP, 26G-32A-58P
Big Finnish winger that still needs time to round out his overall game. Has a natural scoring touch as a power forward, though.
Collin Adams, 18 – Muskegon (USHL)
Last season: 59GP, 27G-34A-61P
Much like Beauviller, works hard every shift he is on the ice. Exhibits a nice amount of scoring as well.
Nick Pastujov, 18 – US U18 Team
Last season: 21GP, 3G-5A-8P
Forward that’ll need time to grow. Committed to play college hockey next season.
Taylor Cammarata, 21 – U. of Minnesota
Last season: 37GP, 7G-12A-19P
Drafted a few seasons ago and has not progressed much since. The tiny forward has little real chance of making the NHL.
Kyle Schempp, 22 – Ferris State (WCHA)
Last season: 41GP, 9G-16A-25P
Makes a living below the hashmarks and is not afraid to get into the dirty areas if it means scoring a goal.
Carter Verhaeghe, 20 – Missouri (ECHL)
Last season: 20GP, 8G-17A-25P
Acquired in the Michael Grabner trade, it’s uncertain what will become of Verhaeghe. He potentially possesses a two-way game fit for a bottom-six forward in the NHL.
Mitch Vande Sompel, 19 – Oshawa (OHL)
Last season: 46GP, 10G-28A-38P
The high scoring defenseman has a good year on a bad Oshawa team. Still needs to round out his overall game, but the offense is there.
Parker Wotherspoon, 18 – Tri-City (WHL)
Last season: 71GP, 11G-45A-56P
A hidden gem in the Isles system, Wotherspoon is prepared to make the leap to AHL play next season. The Isles have a special two-way defender with him.
Matt Finn, 22 – Bridgeport (AHL)
Last season: 33GP, 6G-8A-14P
Another piece acquired in the Grabner deal, Finn has struggled with injuries. His ceiling is a bottom pair defenseman.
Scott Mayfield, 23 – Bridgeport (AHL)
Last season: 54GP, 5G-7A-12P
Mayfield has seen time in the NHL in recent past and uses his big frame to his advantage. He still needs to work on his skating to become an effective everyday player.
David Quenneville, 18 – Medicine Hat (WHL)
Last season: 64GP, 14G-41A-55P
Drafted in the seventh round in 2016, Quenneville is much like Vande Sompel — good offensively but needs to round out his overall game.
Jesse Graham, 22 – Bridgeport (AHL)
Last season: 52GP, 5G-12A-17P
His offensive numbers haven’t transitioned to the next level, but he still has the instincts to put them to work.
Dylan Somerby, 21 – Boston U.
Last season: 39GP, 5G-8A-13P
Big defenseman is unlikely to ever crack the Islanders’ lineup, barring a major change.
Jake Bischoff, 21 – U. of Minnesota
Last season: 37GP, 6G-12A-18P
Smooth skating defenseman that will have to work his way up to the NHL. Solid at both end of the rink.
Kyle Burroughs, 20 – Bridgeport (AHL)
Last season: 31GP, 2G-8A-10P
Similar to what Thomas Hickey is right now. Small, not flashy, but gets the job done regardless.
Devon Toews, 22 – Quinnipiac U.
Last season: 40GP, 7G-23A-30P
Was a backbone in the Quinnipiac defense and showed poise at both ends of the rink. Like Bischoff, he will need to work for his opportunity.
Loic Leduc, 22 – Missouri (ECHL)
Last season: 21GP, 1G-1A-2P
Big stay at home defenseman, unlikely to amount to much.
Linus Soderstrom, 19 – Vita Hasten (SWE-1)
Last season: 17GP, 7W, .927 SV%
Young goalie who has played well with Sweden at major tournament. Has the skillset to become a NHL caliber goalie.
Ilya Sorokin, 20 – CSKA (KHL)
Last season: 28GP, 17W, .953 SV%
One of the best goalie prospects in the NHL, Sorokin currently plays in the KHL but should (hopefully) make the transition over in a few years. There’s plenty of reasons to be excited about him.
Eamon McAdam, 21 – Penn State
Last season: 22GP, 13W, .913 SV%
Started for Penn State last year and has seen a little bit of pro action, but not much. Not a bad goalie, but not a star.
Stephon Williams, 23 – Missouri (ECHL)
Last season: 7GP, 2W, .892 SV%
Has struggled over the years and it continued in Missouri last year. It’ll be a long, tough road if Williams ever wants to make it to the NHL.
Other news and notes:
There could be no info pulled on defensemen Andong Song and Peter Hansson, both selected late in 2015. Additionally, Ryan Pilon, a fifth round pick in 2015, remains away from hockey.
2013 picks Ryan Pulock and Alan Quine both have become formidable NHL players and thus are left off the list.
Besides the listed Scott Mayfield, most of the 2011 prospects are gone from the organization or have transitioned to the NHL. This includes Johan Sundstrom (KHL), Robbie Russo (DET), Andrey Pedantic (VAN), Brendan Kitchton (WPG), and Ryan Strome (NHL).
Anyone beyond 2010 is not listed.