The Islanders traded 35th/58th overall selections to the Chicago BlackHawks for the 30th selection, where they have drafted center, Brock Nelson.
NHL.com: Has a profile of Nelson, who will attend North Dakota next year.
Islanders website: Has comments from the Islanders selection.
Perhaps a prelude to a future trade for Kris Versteeg, or not. The Islanders no longer have a second round selection, but added a 6'3, 205 lb player.
Video of both selections, and their interviews are posted at top of NYIFC.
USA Today: Kyle Woodlief, who follows prospects year round wrote the following on 6/1.
Nelson plays for tiny, but legendary, Warroad High School, the alma mater of several former NHL stars. He's a legitimate power center with soft hands and scoring touch around the net. He's very dangerous from the circles in and is still very raw — he could get a whole lot better as he figures things out. Lots of teams are lying in the weeds on this kid, and somebody will get an itchy trigger finger late in the first or early in the second round for fear that another club will jump up and grab him.
This is why folks should follow the work of Mr Woodlief, who reports on prospects year-round.
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