New York Islanders Draft Recap: Player Breakdown

By Matthew Solomon
Ed Muhollsnf-USA TODAY Sports

The 2013 NHL Entry Draft is in the books. Coming into this year’s draft, the New York Islanders had seven total picks to work with: one in the first round, two in the third and one in the fourth through seventh rounds.

In last year’s draft, the Islanders used all seven of their picks to take defensemen. In 2013, the Islanders took a slightly different approach. With this years draft, the Islanders selected two defensemen, two goalies and three forwards. Now we take a look at the newest members of the Islanders’ organization.

With the first pick this year, at 15th overall, the Islanders selected Ryan Pulock. Pulock comes in after playing the past few seasons for the Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL.  This was the eighth-straight pick the Islanders have used to select a defenseman, a clear plan that Garth Snow has to rebuild the blueline.

Pulock has a very hard shot, and is seen by many scouts as a good powerplay quarterback. With his quick skating style and good puck moving ability, Pulock could be counted on to be effective on the man advantage. It’s also worth noting that he isn’t just all offense. Because of his style of play, Pulock is also known to be a feared crease clearer, and will be counted on big time to help take care of his own end as well.

With no picks in the second round, the Islanders had two in the third. Their first pick in the third round was goalie Eamon McAdam at 70th overall. Next year, McAdam won’t make the jump to pro hockey, as he has committed to play at Penn State for the next four years. According to some scouting reports, McAdam is a high energy and high risk, high reward goalie. McAdam has great athleticism, but is a bit quirky. He likes to attack the puck and challenge shooters, but is said to guess a lot. That is a good quality to have, but at times it could hurt you.

The other pick the Islanders had in the third round was used to select forward Taylor Cammarata at 76th overall. While playing in the USHL last season, Cammarata scored 38 goals and 55 assists for 93 points in just 59 games. So its obvious the kid knows how to score, and score a lot. The only possible downside to Cammarata’s game is his size. At 5-foo-7, 156 pounds, he is one of the smaller guys on the ice. As has been seen in the past, though, small guys can succeed in the NHL. So, there is hope that, despite his size, Cammarata can have an impact on the Islanders when he gets to the pros.

With their fourth round pick, the Islanders selected goalie Stephon Williams 106th overall. Currently, Williams is a sophomore at Minnesota State. He went 21-12-2, with a 2.00 goals-against average, .924 save percentage and four shutouts, and led the Mavericks to the NCAA tournament. According to reports, Williams has good movement and will keep shooters guessing when they come in on the attack. A good glove hand has been a big help to Williams.

With their next two picks, the Islanders picked up a pair of centers. First, the Islanders selected Viktor Crus Rydberg in the fifth round, 136th overall. Rydberg is a right shot center, with good skills and a good shot. According to reports, his production has been below expectations the last few seasons, but he still has big time skill to bring to the table. Rydberg comes in as an average size player, but he still young and still shows signs of growing.

The other center selected by the Islanders was Alan Quine in the sixth round at 166th overall. Quine’s best asset is his skating ability, as he possesses great speed and acceleration. While he has some untapped offensive potential, Quine can be best described as a two-way player. He is solid in the face-off circle and uses his speed to create a strong forecheck. Quine sounds like a quicker version of Frans Neilsen.

The last pick made by the Islanders in this years draft was used to select Kyle Burroughs in the seventh round, 196th overall. The 5-foot-11 defenseman can move the puck pretty well from the blueline, but is more known for his physical presence. Burroughs is a tough guy who can hit, fight and provide a very intimidating presence from the blueline, which is much needed by the Islanders.

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