IslesBlog’s 2013 Draft Day Review
Draft Day always marks the beginning of the season for me. It brings fresh faces to the team, trades are made, rumors heat up, and with Draft Day passing you know Free Agency is right around the corner.
This year’s Draft Day was nothing but excitement from the get-go. The day started early, with the announcement of Parker Milner signing with the Isles. Milner, the 6’1, 200 pound G from Boston College, lead the Golden Eagles to an NCAA Championship in 2012. His 34-1 record, and 1.66 GAA lead to him winning the MVP award that year. His large frame and quick glove make him a scary tender to face when skating in on net, and he certainly was a quality pickup at his age. Milner has a tremendous upside to him and with the proper training and care, can possess real NHL potential.
Then the news of the day dropped, Nino Niederreitter traded for Cal Clutterbuck. If you follow me on twitter (@IslesBlog) you already know how ecstatic I am to have a player like Cal on this team. Cluts is a Matt Martin type, but with a scorers touch. He adds to a lacking physicality this team had, while also poses a quiet scoring threat, while on the ice. In the 3 years that Cluts lead the league in hitting (2008-2010) he posted 11, 13, and 19 total goals, which is a scary stat for a 25 year old. His 92 points in the last 4 seasons makes him a quality 3rd liner, though I see him playing alongside Martin and Cizikas on the 4th. As stated yesterday, if you are still sour at the idea of trading a 5th overall pick for a bottom 6 winger, don’t be. In time, you’ll see why Minnesota fans are currently in an uproar over Cal being traded, he is pivotal player and will be a main figure for this team.
My final key moment is the Isles 1st round pick of Ryan Pulock. Pulock is a 6’1, 210 pound Defensemen, with a Souray-esque slapshot, and an incredible IQ on the ice. He possesses a great mind that will look for the proper play first, and if he doesn’t see a good lane, use his deadly blue-line shot on net. At just 18 years old, Pulock is a great acquisition with the 15th pick, and can help anchor the blue-line after several years of tuning his skillset in Bridgeport.
Here’s to a successful draft 2013, and to a soon to be successful free agency period! And, as always, Lets Go Islanders.