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DRAFT RECAP:

1st (19th) Morgan Klimchuk, LW, Regina Pats (WHL)

Smallish winger who's an elite skater, both in terms of top speed and quickness. Klimchuk is over PPG this season in WHL, and his offensive upside is something that Isles will love to have in future. Could get straight to NHl without spending time in Bridgeport, and could bring some speed next to Tavares who isn't the fastest guy in the world.

2nd (31st) Marko Dano, RW, Slovan Bratislava (KHL)

Dano impressed many during the WJC tournament, and he was clearly Slovakia's best player. Currently playing against elite opponents in KHL, Dano could be ready to put on Islanders jersey as soon as puck hits the ice of Barclays Center the first time. Hemight not shock you with any single aspect of the game, but the overall package is great.

3rd (67th) Juuso Ikonen, C/LW, Espoo Blues (SM-liiga)

Small forward with elite hockey IQ, Ikonen could've been a first-day pick if he'd be 6'1'' instead of 5'9''. Also drafted his linemate from Blues, Miro Aaltonen, and it will take years before either of them is ready to make the transition into NHL.

4th (92nd) Juuse Saros, G, HPK U20 (FIN-Jr.)

Highest ranked European goaltender Saros hasn't got the size of a prototypical modern goalie, but other aspects of his game are great. Has good reflexes and positioning. Hopefully will get some SM-liiga experience in HPK's first team soon.

4th (97th) Jared Hauf, D, Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)

Hauf, big 6'6'' defenseman is a project pick who could eventually become a good NHL-level shutdown defenseman. Before that, he will need time in WHL and then in AHL. Hauf likes to play physical, but isn't really an enforcer though.

5th (127th) Dylan Labbé, D, Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL)

Good puck-moving offensive defenseman, who's is bigger than the similar players often coming from the Q. His plus-minus has been simply awful this year (-40), but that's more because of the team he's played in. Could become a decent NHLer after couple years in minors.

5th (147th) Miro Aaltonen, LW/C, Espoo Blues (SM-liiga)

Aaltonen is more of a scorer compared to his pass-first linemate Ikonen. Suffered a season-ending injury against Latvia in WJC tournament, which certainly hurt his draft stock significantly. Certainly a steal in 5th round.

6th (177th) Tyler Andrew, RW, Topeka Roadrunners (NAHL)

Big but skilled winger is years away from NHL, and the odds aren't necessarily on his side. Could become a scoring line player or a checking line forward, depending on his development in Ferris State Univeristy where he will play starting from next season.

7th (182th) Maxime Gravel, D, Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)

Similar player to our other QMJHL draftee, 5th round pick Labbe with slightly smaller upside. 7th round picks don't always make it into NHL, but Gravel certainly has some tools in favor of him.

7th (187th) Evan Cowley, Wichita Falls Wildcats (NAHL)

Islanders could use some goaltending prospects behind the future starter Poulin, and here's one more. His future is simply based on his development during his probable NCAA career. Second player in this draft class from NAHL.

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Possible future lineup for Islanders (2017/18):

Matt Moulson - John Tavares - Morgan Klimchuk
Nino Niederreiter - Ryan Strome - Kyle Okposo
Matt Martin - Anders Lee - Marko Dano
John Persson - Brock Nelson - Casey Cizikas

(First call-ups: Juuso Ikonen, Tyler Andrew)

Griffin Reinhart - Calvin De Haan
Andrew MacDonald - Travis Hamonic
Thomas Hickey - Matt Donovan

(First call-ups: Ville Pokka, Jared Hauf)

Kevin Poulin
Mikko Koskinen

(First call-up: Juuse Saros)

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