Last night in Philadelphia the New York Islanders added two players to their organization in the first round of the NHL draft.
There was specualtion that the Islanders would be active during the first round of the draft, just not in the way that it played out. There weer rumors that Isles GM Garth Snow was looking to trade away the fifth overall pick for an NHL ready player, but instead the Isles held onto the pick, and added a late first rounder with a trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
With the fifth pick in the draft the Isles selected winger Michael Dal Colle. Dal Colle scored 95 points (39 goals and 56 assists) for the Oshawa Generals of the OHL last season, tied for fifth in the league in points, in 67 games played. He also tallied 20 points in 12 playoff games for Generals.
Snow decided to trade back into the first round later, giving the Lightning the 35th and 57th pick overall in exchange for the 28th pick. With that pick the Isles took another winger in Joshua Ho-Sang. Ho-Sang tallied 85 points (32 goals and 53 assists) in 67 games for the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL.
When asked about moving up to get back into the first round Snow stated: “we had this currency, the extra picks, so let’s use them and get the player we identified. We didn’t want to wake up tomorrow and have any regrets, so we went for it”.
Here’s hoping that for an offseason full of ‘going for it’ by the Isles.