2010 NHL Draft Grades: New York Islanders Islanders Grade After Round One

June 26th, 2010 by Michael Schuerlein Leave a reply »
Five days ago, when I wrote about five players the Islanders could be eying at number five, I had joked that they should select Nino Niederreiter for the simple fact that he has a great hockey name and a perfect nickname "El Nino"—I never would've imagined that they would actually select him.

Niederreiter was a player, in my opinion that the Islanders should pick because he best fits their style of play. But when Cam Fowler and Brandon Gormley fell into their laps after Gudbranson had been selected, I thought for sure they would be selecting one of those defensemen. While I quietly coveted one of the big three d-men, Niederreiter was the player I personally had ranked higher than Connolly and whom I really wanted should they picked an offenseman.

So who is Nino Niederreiter?

The man they call El Nino is a 6'2" left winger who shoots left and in his rookie season with the Portland Winterhawks had 36 goals and 24 assists for 60 points in 65 games. He was selected to the 2010 CHL top prospects game and played for Team Orr where he earned his notoriety on Youtube for a one handed trick shot during a trick shot competition and scored the opening ...

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