Hockey team’s first-round draft picks make the NHL All-Star Game
The New York Islanders have made a major splash in the NHL draft by taking five of their first seven picks in the first round.
The Islanders took forward Michael Dal Colle, goalie Michael Hutchinson and defenceman Dylan McIlrath, with the third pick of the first-rounder.
The Islanders selected defenceman Travis Hamonic with the fifth pick.
Hutchinson, who was a second-round pick by the Islanders, was taken in the third round by the Toronto Maple Leafs.
He was an AHL All-Rookie team last season and has been a regular for the Islanders this year, posting five points (2g-3a) in five games.
He was selected in the fourth round by Colorado.
The fourth pick, defenceman Anthony Beauvillier, was selected by the Carolina Hurricanes with the first pick in the second round.
Beauvilliers skating ability and hockey sense will be an asset for the Hurricanes, and he has a chance to contribute on a line with Matt Stajan and Andrej Sekera.
The fifth pick, goaltender Alex Lyon, was picked in the sixth round by Pittsburgh.
He has a big shot and the Islanders need him to play well at the NHL level.
The seventh pick, forward Matt Martin, was drafted in the eighth round by Detroit.
The 19-year-old is a solid skater who is big and strong.
Martin is coming off a good season with Providence of the AHL, and has good size (6-foot-1, 200 pounds) and a good feel for the game.
Martin will be looking to add to his 20 goals and 60 points in the AHL this season.
He is the second goaltender taken in this year’s draft, following in the footsteps of Alex Stalock.