The New York Islanders are up next in the NHL Mock Draft, with the 5th pick. If you haven’t already done so, check out my overview of the Islanders’ needs from yesterday.
Picking for the Islanders is Gary, the Lead Writer of Eyes on Isles.
A center playing in Drummondville in the “Q”, Sean Couturier will be my pick.
Jared’s Analysis – The Islanders couldn’t really go wrong with this pick, and they have a solid one in Sean Couturier. It surprises me that towering D-man Hamilton is still on the board, but Couturier is the player who had the #1 target on his back from the beginning of the year. That much attention can sometimes have scouts over-analyzing and nit-picking for faults, which could explain his drop in the rankings. The Islanders are set down the middle for years to come, at least until Tavares turns 25!
Gary from Eyes on Isles, on Couturier:
Sean has scored 96 points in each of the last two season, with this season accomplishing it in just 56 games. He is 6’4″, almost 200 pounds, and is going to be a ‘big bruiser’ by the time he hits the NHL. Anytime that a guy with his size and hands is available to jump in your lap – you grab him.
Followers of the Islanders should check out Eyes on Isles for more on this selection and Islanders news in general.
Here are the Mock Draft results so far (click on the team name to go to the post about that pick):
|4||NEW JERSEY||Jonathan Huberdeau|
|5||NY ISLANDERS||Sean Couturier|
HAVE YOUR SAY
Now on the clock for the #6 Selection, on behalf of the Ottawa Senators, is SenShot.
PREVIEWING THE SENATORS
2010-2011 Record: 32-40-10 (26th Overall)
Goals for: 29th
Goals Against: 25th
Power Play: 15th
Penalty Kill: 9th
TOP 5 Prospects in the system: David Runblad (D), Jared Cowen (D), Robin Lehner (G), Jakob Silfverberg (C), Patrick Wiercioch (D)
NEEDS: The Senators need offensive support as after Jason Spezza, they do not have a legitimate young offensive star in the system. Daniel Alfredsson isn’t getting any younger and the team is replete with 2nd and 3rd line players with limited upside. They appear set on the blue line, with a number up upcoming prospects. They will likely bypass the defensemen at the top of the list and lean toward Ryan Strome, or perhaps given their affinity for Swedish players, Mika Zibanejad.
TOP 5 PLAYERS ON THE BOARD (per ISS):
1. Dougie Hamilton, D, Niagara (OHL)
2. Ryan Murphy, D, Kitchener (OHL)
3. Ryan Strome, C, Niagara (OHL)
4. Mika Zibanejad, C, Djurgarden (SWE ELITE)
5. Joel Armia, RW, Assat (FIN ELITE)
Check back on TOO MANY MEN ON THE SITE tomorrow evening to see who “SenShot” chooses to take for the OTTAWA SENATORS, as the Fansided mock draft continues!