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PHILADELPHIA -- Day 2 of the NHL Draft was an uneventful one for the New York Islanders. General Manager Garth Snow did make some trades on Saturday, but only ones to move back in the draft and acquire picks for the 2015 draft.

In all the Isles made five selections -- the team's first pick of the day did not come until the 78th overall selection -- picking two goaltenders, one defenseman and two forwards. None of the Islanders draftees were in attendance at Wells Fargo Center for day 2.

The players in attendance that were selected by other teams were as happy as could be. For all of them being drafted by an NHL club was a dream come true, and it would be hard to say that the players the Islanders selected weren't feeling the same excitement.

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The Islanders selected Lukas Sutter with the 200th pick in the NHL Draft.

Sutter is indeed related to Daryl Sutter. He is the nephew of the Los Angeles Kings Head Coach and son of Rich Sutter. The center man was selected by the Winnipeg Jets in the second round of the 2012 NHL Draft, but did not sign with them.

Last season he appeared in 45 games for the Red Deer Rebels of the WHL. In that span he scored 10 goals and 13 assists for 23 points.

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The Islanders swapped their 185th pick in the draft to the Tampa Bay Lighting.

In exchange the Islanders received the 200th pick from the Lightning, along with a seventh round pick in 2015. Tampa Bay used the pick to select Cameron Darcy.

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The Islanders used their 155th selection in the NHL Draft to pick forward Kyle Schempp from Ferris State. He recorded 25 points in his freshman season with the Bulldogs.
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The Islanders took defenseman Devon Toews with the 108th pick in the draft.

Toews played at Quinnipiac University last season and recorded 17 points in 37 games. The 20-year old stands at 5'11, 155 lbs.

Prior to joining Quinnipiac, Toews played for the Surrey Eagles of the BCHL for the last two season. In his first year he appeared in 54 games and put 29 points. In his second year there he played in 48 games and recorded 47 points.

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The New York Islanders selected Linus Soderstrom from Djurgarden of the Swedish Junior League. He is the second goaltender the Islanders have selected in the 2014 NHL Draft.
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The Islanders selected goaltender Ilya Sorokin with the No. 78 pick in the draft.

Sorokin is a member of the KHL's Metallurg Novokuznetsk. He had a 2.90 goal against average and a .911 save percentage?in 27 games last season. NHL Central Scouting ranked Sorokin fifth among European goaltenders available in the 2014 NHL draft.

The Russian goaltender stands at 6'2 and 167 lbs. Sorokin will turn 19 in August.

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The Islanders traded away their 65th pick in the NHL draft to the Florida Panthers.

In return the Islanders will received a third round selection in the 2015 NHL Draft. The Panthers used the pick to select right wing Juho Lammikko.

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PHILADELPHIA -- Joshua Ho-Sang has something to prove and he was appreciative to the Islanders for taking the gamble of drafting him Friday night.

"I think I have 26 teams to show that they missed out," Ho-Sang said after being selected by the Islanders. "And I definitely have to show the Islanders that they were right."

The 18-year-old Windsor Spitfires forward was all smiles when he met the media after being selected 28th overall after the Islander traded back into the first round to draft him. The Islanders swapped their 35th and 57th picks to Tampa Bay to be able to select Ho-Sang.

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If you're not familiar with the Islanders newest draft pick, Joshua Ho-Sang, who they traded up to the 28th pick to get, let's fill you in right now. Ho-Sang is an interesting player from the Kirill Kabanov school of 'the hockey establishment thinks he has an attitude problem'. Basically, a lot of teams removed him from their draft boards for reasons not related to his on-ice talent.

On TSN after the pick, James Duthie asked Garth Snow about the attitude questions that have been asked about?Ho-Sang by the Canadian media. And the glorious response:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bAB3qDQpwA

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The Islanders will select fifth at the NHL Draft on Friday night, if they don't trade the pick. Here are the players you'll need to know who are likely to be at the top of the draft board.?

William Nylander?-- Left Wing, MoDo?(Sweden)

5-11, 169

Our final draft pick preview is the first one that takes us off the North American continent, over to Sweden where William Nylander plays. Nylander is the highest rated European prospect in the draft (if we exclude the German Draisaitl who has been playing in the WHL). But of course it's always complicated, as Nylander was born in Calgary but raised in Sweden. He's the son of Michael Nylander, who spent almost two decades in the NHL playing for Washington, Chicago, Calgary and others.

Nylander only spent part of last season with MoDo in Sweden's top league, having been moved up from a team in the second division. His stats with MoDo look meek at first glance -- one goal and seven points in 22 games -- but it's actually quite impressive as he's playing in a professional men's league as a 17-year old. He also had success in?the second tier for 15 goals and 27 points in 35 games, again, against players older than him.

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The Islanders will select fifth at the NHL Draft on Friday night, if they don't trade the pick. Here are the players you'll need to know who are likely to be at the top of the draft board.?

Nick Ritchie?-- Left Wing, Peterborough?(OHL)

6-2,?218

Another winger at the top of the draft is Nick Ritchie, who has already filled out at around 218lbs. He's a big bull of a power forward, fights, and has puck handling skills to boot. He's another forward at the top of this draft who projects to being a top-six forward.

He does come with some mild injury baggage; missing two months of the 2012-13 season with a shoulder injury.

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The Islanders will select fifth at the NHL Draft on Friday night, if they don't trade the pick. Here are the players you'll need to know who are likely to be at the top of the draft board.?

Michael Dal Colle?-- Left Wing, Oshawa (OHL)

6-2,?179

Up next is the first true winger in our rankings, Michael Dal Colle who projects to be a big-bodied power forward who can play top-six in the NHL. Obviously, he needs to bulk up from a shade under-180lbs but he's got he height and skills to become that kind of a player.

Dal Colle projects in the 3-6 range of the draft, probably behind the trio of centers, and could very well be available when the Islanders are up at the podium with the fifth overall pick.

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The Islanders will select fifth at the NHL Draft on Friday night, if they don't trade the pick. Here are the players you'll need to know who are likely to be at the top of the draft board.?

Leon Draisaitl?-- Center, Prince Albert (WHL)

6-2, 208

Leon Draisaitl is our third profile on a trio of center that should go at the top of the draft, along with Sams Bennett and Reinhart.

Draisaitl could make some history in this draft, as he could become the highest selected German draft pick ever. Marcel Goc holds the current mark, taken 20th overall in 2001 and Draisaitl should be a sure fire top-five selection this year. (Also: Dany Healthy was born in Germany but partially raised in Canada, so we're leaving him out on technicality)

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The Islanders will select fifth at the NHL Draft on Friday night, if they don't trade the pick. Here are the players you'll need to know who are likely to be at the top of the draft board.?

Sam Bennett?-- Center, Kingston?(OHL)

6-1,?178

Sam Bennett, like Sam Reinhart, is a center and a top prospect in this years draft and for a few teams at the top the decision will come down to which Sam they want to draft.

Bennett is NHL Central Scouting's top ranked prospect for this season, which is a big honor. With other?top centers in Reinhart, Leon Draisaitl and a top defender in Ekbland, there's no definitive order at the top of the draft and Bennett could certainly end up in the top two or fall lower down.

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The Islanders will select fifth at the NHL Draft on Friday night, if they don't trade the pick. Here are the players you'll need to know who are likely to be at the top of the draft board.?

Sam Reinhart?-- Center, Kootenay?(WHL)

6-1,?186

The Islanders have a really good Reinhart brother, Griffin who was taken 4th overall in 2012, but the best one may be yet to come.There are three Reinhart brothers -- all sons of former Calgary Flames defender?Paul Reinhart -- and Sam is the youngest and looks as if he'll be drafted this highest. He's projecting to go top-three, depending on if teams would rather have a top-tier, two-way forward like Reinhart or a defender such as Ekblad.Reinhart had a stellar year for Kootenay this winter, with 36 goals and 105 points in 60 games. In four seasons in Kootenay, he?had 101 goals and 254 points in 203 career WHL games.

What They're Saying

TSN's Craig Button:[sny-box]Sam 'beats up' opponents with his mind. Exceptional intelligence and he understands what to do, where to be and how to be highly productive both individually and for the team. Knows how to get the best out of situations.[/sny-box]Peter Sullivan of Central Scouting:[sny-box]He has a complete game at both ends of the ice.?He does everything well. He won?t get you overly excited, but from a coaching perspective, he?s the guy you always want on the ice in critical situations. He?s your go-to guy and team leader and is just going to be consistent at the junior level, and eventually the pro level. [/sny-box]

Where He's Likely to Go

It would be highly unlikely for Reinhart to fall out of the top three, he's a pretty clear talent at the top of the draft. However, it is interesting to note?that Florida is pretty solid down the middle and Edmonton already has a ton of top-tier forward prospects, so Buffalo seems the most likely landing spot in the number two spot.
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The Islanders will select fifth at the NHL Draft on Friday night, if they don't trade the pick. Here are the players you'll need to know who are likely to be at the top of the draft board.?

Aaron Ekblad -- Defense, Windsor (OHL)

6-4, 215

There isn't a consensus number one pick this year, but Windsor's Aaron Ekblad comes pretty close. On some boards the youngest Reinhart, Sam, is the top pick but Ekblad holds the majority of the mock draft titles going into draft week.At 16, Ekblad became the first defenseman to be granted "exceptional player" status, allowing him to join the OHL a year early as John Tavares did years before. He's sure showed it, earning 53 points in 58 games this past season from the blueline for Barrie. In all, he has 116 points and 189 PIM in 175 OHL games over the course of three seasons.?

What They're Saying

TSN's Craig Button:[sny-box]When you build a team, you need a solid foundation. Aaron is a pillar defenceman who can play 25 minutes or more and do so in all important situations. His on-ice maturity is exceptional.[/sny-box]Elite Prospects:[sny-box]Ekblad is a true "two-way" defenseman. He makes great passes, uses his size to his advantage, plays the body, quarterbacks the power play, can take over the game in any of the three zones and has great hockey sense. He is a sure fire top 3 pick in this summers NHL entry draft.?[/sny-box]Edmonton Journal:[sny-box]In trying to do a Pro Player Comparison, one defender came to mind. His game reminded me a lot of Shea Weber?s. Ekblad is an intimidating force and is also extremely mobile. He doesn?t shy away from any situation and he?s got a cannon from the point. He makes smart plays in his own end, time and time again. It?s challenging to find any glaring holes in his polished game.[/sny-box]

Where He's Likely to Go

The Edmonton Oilers are in dire need of a franchise defender but for once, they don't hold the first overall pick. The Oilers sit third in the draft, a spot that Ekblad is unlikely to fall to. Both the Panthers and the Sabres in the top two spots would likely take Ekblad if he's there. Based on how rare of a commodity top ?defenseman have become in this league and that there isn't a definitive forward to take a la Tavares or Crosby in their drafts, I don't think Florida can pass up on Ekblad should they choose to keep the pick.
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What I liked about this draft: They covered a lot of needs with quality young men who are mature enough to step right into NFL life. Favorite pick was center Weston Richburg in Round 2.

What I didn't like about this draft: They whiffed on getting a big, pass-catching TE, an OT to push Will Beatty and reached in Round 3 with DT Jay Bromley.

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