In the fourth round of the 2015 NHL Draft, the New York Islanders selected defenseman Parker Wotherspoon of the WHL's Tri-City Americans.
Like the Islanders' third round pick, Oshawa's Mitch Vande Sompel, Wotherspoon is described as an offensive defenseman of normal human size. He's the brother of Flames defenseman Tyler Wotherspoon. Parker is @P_Spoonzz79 on Twitter.
NHL's Central Scouting had him ranked 43rd overall among North Americans. Last Word On Sports projects him as a future top four and praises his mobility:
Parker Wotherspoon is an outstanding skater. He has very good speed and acceleration in both directions, thanks to a long and fluid stride. Wotherspoon also has outstanding edgework, agility and pivots. This gives him the ability to cover a lot of ice, to pinch at the blue line and get back defensively and makes him very hard to beat one-on-one. His balance and lower body strength could stand to be improved, but this should happen as he matures and adds some bulk to his frame.
Here's one other scouting report:
NYI take my 9th rated WHL player with pick 112 in Parker Wotherspoon. Smooth skating blueliner with two-way ability. pic.twitter.com/4pjLhACBRo— Cody Nickolet (@DubFromAbove) June 27, 2015
The Islanders don't have a fifth round pick as yet, so they're up next in the sixth, 172nd overall.