|Zachary Fucale could be a New York Islander.|
The off-season is upon us, but the real fun begins at the end of June. On June 30th, the NHL Entry Draft will be a full-day event. All picks will be made that day.
Our New York Islanders will be picking 15th in the NHL Entry Draft, ending a record of five-straight lottery picks that spanned from 2008 to 2012. Coincidently, the Isles picked a great year to finish better than a lottery team. The 2013 NHL Entry Draft is a very deep one, and at pick #15, the Islanders will still have plenty of top-talent to choose from.
I'm excited. The Islanders will be adding another building block to a rich pipeline of prospects. The only question is who, which is why I'm bringing back my "Potential Isles' Draft Choices" column, where we take a deeper look at some of the prospects that may fall to the New York Islanders.
Last season, the Islanders needed defense. Griffin Reinhart was the first player I covered in this column, and he happened to be the guy the Isles selected with the 4th-overall draft pick.
This year, a lot of us are concerned with goaltending. Evgeni Nabokov is aging. Kevin Poulin and Anders Nilsson still have a lot of growing to do, and if they don't pan out, the Isles may not have a further plan from within. Well, there's a possibility that may be solved at the Prudential Center at the end of June. Today, Islanders Op-Timism is going to delve into Zachary Fucale - starting goaltender for the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL.