The Draft is over which means it's time to JUDGE! Let's look at what some writers had to say about how the Islanders made out this weekend.
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New! Ryan Lambert, Puck Daddy
In his What We Learned column, Lambert marvels at Garth Snow's magic moves.
New York Islanders: How does Garth Snow keep doing stuff like this? Barzal looks like he could soon become a very good NHLer, and they got him for a relatively low cost. B+
New! Allan Muir, Sports Illustrated
Has the Islanders among the league's top students.
New York Islanders: A
Garth Snow is a wizard. He came into the draft without a first rounder and came away with Mathew Barzal (16), a flashy pivot who's drawn comparisons to Joe Sakic, and Anthony Beauvillier (28), a 42-goal scorer who has some Brendan Gallagher in his game.
Jonathan Willis, Bleacher Report (first rounders only)
On Mathew Barzal:
The Isles moved a (somewhat) fading prospect for two very good picks and got better value than could reasonably be expected at this point in the draft in Barzal. Fantastic sequence of moves.
Like Travis Konecny, outside of size there isn't much to worry about there; Beauvillier is smart, fast, skilled and works hard.
Allan Mitchell, Bleacher Report
Looking at the Metro Division as a whole:
Best and worst choices: New York killed it, absolutely hitting a home run in this year's draft. The trade with Edmonton—sending away Griffin Reinhart—gave the Islanders extra picks, and they delivered on all of the available selections.
Chris Peters, CBS Sports
Goes pick-by-pick for first round.
That apparently was Barzal, who many were surprised was even there at 16 at all. He had 57 points in 44 games with Seattle in the WHL and adds another exciting forward to a cupboard that the Islanders are keeping well stocked. ... The high price the Isles paid for this pick is only thing keeping this from being an "A" pick.
Beauvillier is unlikely to have been there when they picked 33rd, so it was a nice player to trade up into. He had 94 points in the QMJHL last year and likely was downgraded because of his size (5-10, 181). Size is mattering less and less in the NHL and Beauvillier wasn't hampered at all by it while torching the Q.
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Some sites prefer the "Winners & Losers" grading method.
New! David Hahn, Hockey's Future
Praises Snow's bold, aggressive moves.
The Islanders' consistently aggressive approach to the draft has paid off in recent years, and this year was no different, as Garth Snow is quickly earning a reputation as an astute evaluator and a friend to his scouting staff.
New! Larry Fisher, The Hockey Writers
Likes how Snow climbed back into to the first round and got a lot of value out of all of the team's picks.
Barzal has the potential to be a huge steal at 16th — some teams supposedly had him in their top five — and Beauvillier is another high-skill forward. Snow shifted his focus to adding defencemen the rest of the way, nabbing a few good ones in Mitch Vande Sompel (82nd), Parker Wotherspoon (112th) and Ryan Pilon (147th).
NEW! Dave Stevenson, Stars and Sticks
Gives Snow kudos for proactively correcting course.
Griffin Reinhart hasn't panned out like the Islanders thought he would. Snow didn't want to wait to see if he could salvage his mistake. He turned that mistake into a first round pick and a second round pick. He turned that first round pick into Mathew Barzal, a very skilled forward who fell right into Snow's lap. Most general managers probably don't have the courage to admit their mistake. Snow did.
Adam Gretz, CBS Sports
Has the Islanders in his "Winners" catagory.
Reinhart still has plenty of potential but his future doesn't look as bright as it did a couple of years, while the Islanders were able to get two really good prospects, including Mathew Barzal at No. 16, in exchange for him. Had he not been available the Islanders would not have made the trade with Edmonton.
Justin Cuthbert, The Score
Also has the Islanders among the weekend's winners.
Whipping boy to wiping the floor.
Without picks in the first or second rounds, Garth Snow turned a defenseman who hadn't been able to make the Islanders' roster - and frankly, had been passed by the others chosen in the 2012 draft - Griffin Reinhart, into an absolute coup.
James O'Brien, Pro Hockey Talk
A short summary, but with the Islanders listed as a "winner."
Over the years, GM Garth Snow has steadily earned a reputation as one of the NHL's sneaky-shrewdest executives. The 2015 NHL Draft will only strengthen those arguments.
Aruny Siv, Habs Eyes On The Prize
The Islanders lead his write-up as a big winner.
All in all, the New York Islanders were able to draft two high ceiling prospects in the first round, without dealing a roster player to acquire those picks in return.
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Corey Pronman, ESPN
It's for Insiders Only. But I hear it's positive.
Below I've assigned a grade to each of the 30 teams for the talent they managed to acquire, along with a scouting report on their top pick and their Day 2 selections.