Islanders Top 25 Under 25

A semi-annual ranking of the top 25 New York Islanders prospects and players under 25 years of age.

Top 25U25: #2 - Brock Nelson preaches, you follow


It wasn't gaudy numbers, sheltered minutes, nor unsustainable percentages that impressed in Brock Nelson's rookie season. It was his performance as a three-zone player in multiple roles on multiple...

Top 25U25: Travis Hamonic leads D at #3


Travis Hamonic has played 252 NHL games before age 24, and the Islanders have him locked up for another six years.

Top 25U25: At #4, Strome poised for breakout


Ryan Strome's game has shown it is beginning to translate to the NHL level, as it did from juniors to the AHL.

Top 25U25: Love and fear for Calvin de Haan at #5


Clavin de Haan as one of the top young Islanders? Enthusiasm tempered by wounds and fear.

Top 25U25: Griffin Reinhart nears liftoff at #6


Whatever his offensive ceiling, Reinhart is going to be a large man in the NHL, and projects to at least be a minutes muncher who is above average defensively. He's an asset the Isles need.

Top 25U25: Pokka at #7, a name like a villain


He's a PP QB, an excellent passer and set up man, but lacks that hard shot from the point that Pulock possess.

Top 25U25: #8 Anders Lee, power forward of dreams?


Anders Lee's exciting NHL debut at the end of 2012-13 was a cool story, but it masked some weaknesses. In 2013-14, Lee appeared to be making all the necessary adjustments to excel.

Top 25U25: Pulock, the other WHL meat at #9


After four consecutive years holding a fifth-overall or better pick, the New York Islanders' reward for a 2013 playoff appearance was a 15th-overall selection in the NHL draft. They could have done...

Top 25U25: #10 Go ahead & skip the Bailey thread


In all the six(!) years of Lighthouse Hockey discourse, there have certainly been more volatile and more nausea-inducing topics than the debate over Josh Bailey.

Top 25U25: At #11, Donovan shedding skin?


At age 24 and due a qualifying offer, has Donovan established himself just in time?


Top 25U25: Scott Mayfield inches up to #12


There is definite value to a guy who can be a pain in the ass to good opponents -- particularly when the player is young and not in the "but I got reputation" phase of his career.

Top 25U25: At 13, Cizikas fell, can he get up?


A bulldog of a player whose engine always appears to be in high gear, Casey Cizikas by his own admission took a step back last season.

Top 25U25: At 14, Collberg is next Vanek, surely


Sebastian Collberg has skill he exhibited against his own peers, but needs to figure out how to "play with men."

Top 25U25: Adam Pelech, quietly rising


Adam Pelech fits the newer mold of Islanders defensemen draft picks: Bigger, with more focus on an all-around game.

Top 25U25: Czuczman #16 at age 23


As a fairly sought-after college free agent, Kevin Czuczman's debut was rocky, but his finish was promising. He'll have some room to prove his merit before the prospect onslaught tests him.

Top 25U25: Sundstrom (#17) shows promise, injury


Johan Sundstrom's season was interrupted by injury for the second straight year, but his brief glimpses showed some promise.

Top 25U25: Dr. Pedan will crush you now (#18)


Andrey Pedan showed promise, but also injuries in his first pro season.

Top 25U25: Taylor Cammarata at #19. A small 19.


The good news is Taylor Cammarata was a creative scoring contributor in his first season (NCAA) with an absolutely stacked Minnesota Gophers team. The bad news is he's still 5'7.

Top 25U25: At #20, John Persson has company


John Persson's second pro season did not go as planned, as injuries limited him to 46 games on the last-place Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Top 25U25: #21, Crus Rydberg's fun to say.


Victor Crus Rydberg was drafted as a potential value pick in last summer's fifth round, billed as a two-way player with good hockey sense and a willingness to learn the North American game.

Top 25U25: Any room left for #22 Aaron Ness?


It was always going to be an uphill battle for Aaron Ness, whose size meant he'd have to impress with his skill and agility. He's done that, but is it enough to stick around with the New York...

Top 25U25: At #23, Kirill Petrov one more time


What can I say, I'm a Kirill Petrov fan? If he made the oceanic leap, I'm confident he'd be an immediate contributor as a smart middle-six guy for the New York Islanders.

Top25U25: #24 - Kabanov's journey...and descent?


It's long past time to use words like "first-round talent" and "would have been in the mix except for..." about Kirill Kabanov, who still has the talent but can't seem to convince a team to depend...

Top 25U25: Halmo grinds against the odds to #25


No "pedigree" to speak of, but earning an NHL job wouldn't be the first time Mike Halmo beat the odds.

Top 25U25: Bastards (outsiders with 1 vote or so)


Previously we showed you the few who, like Emmett Fitz-Hume in "Spies Like Us," attended the reading of a 25U25 poll and found out they got nothing. Today's lucky players at least received one vote...

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