Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: Who Is The Best Prospect?

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After a disappointing 2013-2014 season, general manager Garth Snow was determined to retool the farm system. Starting in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Snow selected forwards Michael Dal Colle and Josh Ho-Sang in the first round. Snow wasn’t done there, though. The following draft, Snow selected forwards Mathew Barzal and Anthony Beauvillier in the first round.

Snow was determined to land all four forwards. You may ask yourself; that’s quite a conclusion to make based on how drafting normally works, how are you so certain he wanted those exact forwards? I’ll tell you how I know. All four draft picks were either traded for or Snow opted to hold onto the pick when he had an option to trade it. Here’s the breakdown:

Michael Dal Colle: Stemming back to the Matt MoulsonThomas Vanek trade, Snow was required to trade the Islanders’ 2014 1st round pick or 2015 1st round pick to the Buffalo Sabres in return for Vanek. Snow held onto the 2014 1st round pick to select Dal Colle.

Josh Ho-Sang: Snow traded picks to the Tampa Bay Lightning—originally the Rangers’ pick involved in the Martin St. LouisRyan Callahan deal.

Mathew Barzal: Snow traded Griffin Reinhart to Edmonton for this selection.

Anthony Beauvillier: Once again, Snow traded picks to the Tampa Bay Lightning, initially held by the Rangers stemming from the St. Louis-Callahan deal.

All four forwards reported to training camp this season determined to make the Islanders’ roster. Thus far, Michael Dal Colle and Josh Ho-Sang were both reassigned to Bridgeport. Barzal and Beauvillier are both still at camp. For both of them, it’s either they make the New York Islanders out of camp, or head back to major juniors for one more season as neither are eligible to play in the AHL as of yet.

Let us know who you think is the best prospect in the system. Is it one of these forwards or another player?

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