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NHL Draft Day 2 Thread: Plenty Good Names Still on the Board

Young Islanders fielded questions at the Coliseum draft party Friday night.
Young Islanders fielded questions at the Coliseum draft party Friday night.

If you missed Friday night and Day 1 of the 2012 NHL Draft, you missed quite a bit of theater that ran from before the first pick was announced to after the last pick hit the stage.

The New York Islanders started things off with their acquisition of defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky from the Anaheim Ducks.

He wasn't the only big defenseman to move though, as the Penguins shipped big 2010 free agent score Zbynek Michalek -- remember the summer of pursuing Martin/Michalek/Hamhuis/Volchenkov? -- back to the Coyotes. (Defensemen are in the news, with the Coyotes at least listening to a serious offer for Keith Yandle.)

And that was far from the biggest trade the Penguins made, as earlier in the first round they dealt Jordan Staal to Carolina where he can join his brother Eric Staal with the Hurricanes.

As for the actual teenage meat market itself, the first round was marked by one of the wildest runs in memory: Seven picks in a row and eight of the top 10 were used on defensemen. When the Islanders picked Griffin Reinhart at #4, it was still an even 50/50 split. But that pick began a run of seven consecutive defensemen coming off the board. Defensemen were expected to feature heavily in the top 15, but ... wow.

Now we move on to Day 2, a much quicker pace with the Islanders holding picks in each round at 34, 65, 103, 125, 155 and 185.

Reinhart Scrum

First, here's video from Reinhart's media scrum:

And yes, Griffin Reinhart is on Twitter at @GriffinReinhart.

Oh, and here's where the NHL Network applauds the Islanders moves on Friday:

Names on the Board

The Islanders pick early on Saturday with the 34th overall pick. There are still easily 200 names that could be drafted today, but here is a sampling of some who might be on the radar after not being selected during the first round. Their TSN ranking is in parentheses:

Matthew Finn-D Guelph (21) -- Possibly the consistently highest-ranked prospect still on the board entering Day 2, Finn is a solid all-around defenseman ranked in the teens by most scouting services. Finn came on strong in 2011-12, in part motivated by fitness questions posed to him the year before.

Sebastien Collberg-RW Sweden (27) -- It's a mild surprise to see Collberg still on the board. He had a great WJC and even had some talking about him along with Filip Forsberg, but his ability to adapt to play against bigger pro bodies is a question. The Cannon profiled Collberg here.

Phillip Di Giuseppe-LW Michigan (30) -- Di Giuseppe is an intriguing power forward type and the rare well-regarded Canadian who chooses the NCAA route. He had a nice freshman year at Michigan. The Cannon profiled him here.

Ville Pokka-D Finland (31) -- Pokka doesn't have the numbers in the Finnish league right now to scream offensive defensemen, but some say his offensive potential matches his already established defensive acumen.

Martin Frk- RW Halifax (32) -- Frk came to North America with a "tops in 2012" advance billing, but injuries and his play saw him drop down the chart. Still wouldn't be a bad selection at all if he's still there at 34. We profiled him late last month.

Colton Sissons- RW Kelowna (33) -- Sissons is a big two-way forward. We profiled him earlier this month.

Ludvig Bystrom - D Modo (34) -- Already over 6'1" and 200+ lbs., Bystrom has a nice combination of skills with hockey sense and quick decision-making being among his strengths.

Pontus Aberg - LW Djurgarden (37) -- Not blessed with size, Aberg goes to the hard areas to score and scores a lot.

Dalton Thrower- D Saskatoon (39) -- The Islanders already added a big defenseman yesterday in Reinhart, but they could sure add a physical one in Thrower. We profiled Thrower last month.

Danill Zharkov-RW Belleville -- Zharkov is a guy with enticing scoring skills who has a few holes in his game but, as Corey Pronman at Hockey Prospectus says, he's worth the risk.

Dominik Volek - RW Regina -- Because I mean Volek. What more to ask? Volek is well regarded but struggled with the transition from Europe to the WHL, so he's lower in the top 100. He's still a Volek though.

Anton Zlobin - RW Shawinigan -- Zlobin isn't high on anyone's draft list, but he is a skilled player who starred in the Memorial Cup next to Kirill Kabanov. Passed over last year, he could be an interesting late round pick. We profiled Zlobin last month.

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Those are some of the names still available after the first day. This is your second day open thread. Follow SB Nation's full draft coverage here.