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[Draft Day 2 Bits] Dal Colle is dal pick, but Ho-Sang is dal hotness

Put the coffee on because it's gonna be a long morning.

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Day Two of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, comprised of rounds 2 through 7, will be begin today 10 am from Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. NHL Network will carry all the rounds in both Canada and the U.S.

Chris will be back to write up the Islanders next draft picks and keep the live blog rolling throughout the morning.

After yesterday's picks and trades, here how the Islanders stand for the rest of the draft:

1 5 (Dal Colle)
1 28 (Ho-Sang) From Tampa Bay (via New York Rangers) for picks 34 and 57
3 5
3 18 From Philadelphia (Andrew MacDonald trade)
4 5
4 18 From Philadelphia (Mark Streit trade)
6 5
7 5

Islanders Links

  • With their first pick, fifth overall, the Islanders selected winger Michael Dal Colle from the Oshawa Generals of the OHL. Here's Chris with his breakdown and here's the video of the selection.
  • Garth Snow later traded the Islanders' two second round picks (one acquired from Montreal in the Thomas Vanek trade) to Tampa Bay for the 28th overall pick (acquired by the Lightning from the Rangers in the Martin St. Louis trade). The Islanders used that pick to select hot button forward Joshua Ho-Sang of the Windsor Spitfires. Chris talks about Ho-Sang here and the video of his drafting is here.
  • Arthur Staple's story on both Dal Colle and Ho-Sang from New$day.
  • In a few ways, Dal Colle was an expected pick by the Islanders. Ho-Sang, on the other hand, was the risky gamble pick that everyone was waiting for someone to make. If you're not familiar with his story, here's ESPN's Craig Custance on his highly skilled game and unusual demeanor among hockey players. (or, in other words, his outspoken personality). And here's Ho-Sang in Yahoo Jr Hockey reacting to a previous story in the Toronto Sun about his quote-unquote attitude.
  • If Ho-Sang returns to the OHL in the fall, there is a six-game suspension he will need to serve for a hit from behind.
  • Dispatches from the Draft Party: The players are hopeful for a better season [New$day] | But the final draft party at the Coliseum had a sombre tone [Seventh Woman]
  • The line of of the night went to Garth Snow who, when asked about Ho-Sang's selfish reputation, said he wasn't concerned because, "he'll fit right in. They shit on me, too." (h/t to Eric David Morris for the HD video). Snow continued that theme throughout the post round interviews, saying "they can't shit on me anymore than they do" and that he only cares about getting good players for his team. You've got to admire his honesty, if not the message. For better or worse, the Islanders do have an "us against them" worldview, and it looks like it might be a fire that ignites them.

The Other 28 Picks

  • The draft went more or less as predicted with few surprises. Here's SB Nation's list of what players went where. Barrie defenseman Aaron Ekblad went first overall to the Panthers, Kootenay forward Sam Reinhart brother of Griffin) went second to the Sabres and Prince Albert forward Leon Draisaitl went third to the Oilers.
  • Here's the 12 most entertaining moments of the draft in case you missed the whole show. [The Score]


  • The biggest mover before the draft was Vancouver, who made three trades including (mercifully) ending any Ryan Kesler drama by trading the veteran forward to Anaheim for forward Nick Bonino, defenseman Luca Sbisa and a first round pick (No. 24, Jared McCann). Nucks Misconduct has many feelings.
  • The Canucks also sent Jason Garrison to Tampa Bay and traded a third round pick to the Rangers for Derek Dorsett. Yeah, I don't get it either. [Nucks Misconduct again]
  • During the draft, the Penguins made a splash by sending occasional berserker James Neal to Nashville for Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spalling. Before he even plays a game for the Predators, Neal is already one of the highest scoring players they've ever had. Hornqvist is a nice under-the-radar player and all, but this trade is an odd one for Pittsburgh. [SB Nation]
  • Not a trade, but a transaction: The Coyotes decided to buy out Mike Ribiero for some "behavioral issues." Don Maloney called Ribiero's signing, "a mistake." Oof. [Puck Daddy]

A few last bits

  • Speaking of the Coyotes, they're officially the ARIZONA COYOTES now, hoss. Get it right. [Sports Logos]
  • Did you know that teams ask draft prospects strange questions during interviews? I bet you did. [Edmonton Sun]
  • Don't trade for intangibles because they're... intangible. [Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy]
  • Important: The NHL set its salary cap at $69 million for next season, meaning some teams like the Bruins and Blackhawks are going to need to trim salary to comply. Hm. Can you think of any teams with cap space to spare that could give some of these expensive players a good home? [Puck Daddy]

About 90 minutes after he was picked, Dal Colle finally did get his interview with TSN's James Duthie. So, just a partial shitting on the Islanders then. Not a full one.