New York Islanders: Looking Back At 2012 Draft

By Jonathan Katje
Griffin Reinhart
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The New York Islanders made seven selections in the 2012 draft. Their highest pick was fourth overall, and they used that pick to select Griffin Reinhart. While other prospects from this class showed some promise this season, Reinhart is by far the cream of the crop, and could be only a few seasons away from helping the Islanders stay in the top half of the Eastern Conference.

Reinhart had a good season playing on a very talented Edmonton Oil Kings team. He’s a good-sized (6-4, 200) defenseman with an ability to chip in offensively. Reinhart scored eight goals and had 29 points this season, and will no doubt have many eyes on him when training camp opens.

The second round saw the Islanders take Finnish defenseman Ville Pokka, who recently finished his second season with Karpat of the SM-liiga. His six goals and 12 points were both career highs, but it is unknown when he will head to North America. Third round pick Adam Pelech is also a defenseman, and he managed eight goals and 40 points on a dismal Erie Otters (OHL) team this season.

Fourth round pick Loic Leduc, yet another defenseman, struggled in the QMJHL this season after a solid 2011-12 season and appears far away from any kind of impact at the professional level. The fifth round brought in defenseman Doyle Somerby, who had two goals in 10 games in the USHL this season. Another defenseman, Jesse Graham, was taken in the sixth round. Graham put together a solid season for the Niagara IceDogs (OHL) and appears to be one of the more promising late-round picks. A seventh and final defenseman was taken in the seventh round. That blueliner is Jake Bischoff, who had two assists in 12 games in the USHL this season.

The Islanders focused on defense in 2012, and should be looking to add some offensive depth this summer. Reinhart has a year of junior eligibility left, but is the most likely of these players to have an impact in the next two seasons.

Jonathan Katje is an NHL senior writer for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter or add him to your circles on Google Plus.

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