2010 NHL Draft Grades: New York Islanders Rounds Two Through Seven

June 28th, 2010 by Michael Schuerlein Leave a reply »
Earlier this weekend, I wrote about the way the Islanders had fared after day one of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft in Los Angeles. Today, I present to you their final grade after rounds two through seven.

As we already know, the Islanders selected Nino Niederreiter with their fifth overall selection in the first round, and would go on to trade both of their second round selections (35th and 58th) to Chicago for the 30th overall (Brock Nelson)—giving them plenty of time to ponder their selection during round three.

While trading away their second round picks—essentially a late first rounder and a great second round pick—may take points away from general manager Garth Snow and assistant Ryan Jankowski, what they did in the third round really makes up for it. The Islanders quickly found themselves one of the most talked about teams in the draft for picking their third player, Kirll Kabanov—the 65th player selected during the draft. 

Kabanov could very well turn out to be the steal of the 2010 Entry Draft, and up until the midway point of the year, many scouts and analysts had him in the top ten, in some cases even ...

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