So there has been a lot of talk on the site about what the Islanders will do with their own 2014 first-round pick. At the time of this post, the Islanders are currently slated to receive the #4 overall pick in the draft. Their position can change in the next month or so, depending on their own performance as well as other teams in similar standings. So long as the Islanders remain in the bottom 4, they will have at least a 10.7% chance to move up to the #1 overall spot via draft lottery.
If the Islanders do receive the #1 overall pick, they would have free range to choose any player from this years draft class. The general consensus top 5 players in alphabetical order by last name are: Samuel Bennett, Michael Dal Colle, Leon Draisaitl, Aaron Ekblad and Sam Reinhart. However, these 5 players all differ in their gameplay style and position. Here is a basic analysis of those 5 players:
Samuel Bennett, LW, is a very dynamic scoring winger with a good speed and most notably an excellent shot.
Michael Dal Colle, C/LW, is a big forward with a great amount of strength and a "battle level" as well as a nose for the net.
Leon Draisaitl, C/LW, is a German-born forward with a solid combination of size, skill and vision.
Aaron Ekblad, D, is notable for having received the same OHL "Exceptional Player Status" as our own John Tavares. He offers a large frame combine with an excellent all-zone defender game.
Sam Reinhart, C, is the brother of the Islander's 2012 first-round draft pick, Griffin Reinhart. He possesses a great hockey sense and is noted for his excellent defensive game not normally seen at such a young age.
So hypothetically, if the Islanders do indeed receive the #1 overall pick, who should they choose?
Personally, I would choose Aaron Ekblad because he has a large frame and seems to bring a game-changing presence to the ice. The idea of a future combination of him and Griffin Reinhart is just scary to think about.
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