Cory Pronman has his Top 100 Prospects for 2015-2016. (Need an ESPN Insider account for access)
Some tidbits (aka: the NY Islanders are all over his list):
Anthony Barzal is #13: “…Barzal is an electric offensive talent whose puck skills, hockey IQ and agility all get very high grades. He makes unique plays happen, and when he has the puck Barzal seems to control the flow of the offense. He’s not an overly effective player in the physical game but he does decent in that area.”
Michael Dal Colle is #17: “…He’s a very gifted puck-handler who makes creative, challenging offensive plays and has a big-time shot as well. Dal Colle’s combination of size and skill makes him very appealing. There are flaws in his game though — his speed is average and his defensive game could use some work.”
Josh Ho Sang is #45: “…He is very creative offensively and a great playmaker, his skating and puck skills are truly elite and he makes special offensive plays look normal. However, his decision-making is often an issue, forcing plays and trying to do too much, on top of being problematic off the puck. While some could make the case that he’s a truly top-end prospect, others think he’s simply above-average.”
Ryan Pulock is #65: “…Prior to getting hurt midseason, Pulock was performing at the level of some of the top defenders in the AHL, while he was one of the youngest players at the level. I don’t think I’ve ever been truly “wowed” by a Pulock performance, but he has a lot going for him. His offensive hockey sense is high-end, and his shot is one of if not the best outside the NHL right now. His defense continues to be problematic, and while he’s not a slow skater, an extra gear would be nice.”
Anthony Beauvillier is #66: “…His speed, hands, shot and work ethic all grade as above-average. Beauvillier’s performance was tremendous for an under-18 player, and that’s not even considering he was one of the younger top prospects in his draft class, indicating more potential improvement once he catches up physically.”
Mitchell Vande Sompel is #79: “There may be no single prospect outside the NHL I’m more intrigued by than Vande Sompel, who is a rare member of the utility-man club as someone who can play either forward or defense at a very high level. He is small, but skates and thinks the game very well. Despite his size, he’s shown he can be a great defensive player at either position…”
Arthur Staple of Newsday was able to make clear the NY Islanders intentions on defense this coming season that I have been citing back in July… they are looking for a good value in a vet D puck mover for the 3rd pairing.
#Isles and UFA D Marek Zidlicky have been discussing a contract past few weeks. Nothing decided on either side, but interest is there.
— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) August 12, 2015
If you want to take a look at what the Islanders seem to be looking for on defense, check out my piece on Analytics/Salary for defensemen.
Last but not least….