The Nassau Coliseum erupted with excitement on Friday, June 27th as everyone in the arena watched New York Islanders General Manager Garth Snow make his way to the podium to announce the 5th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. After a quick few words of appreciation for the city of Philadelphia and to the Islanders fans back in Uniondale, Garth Snow would choose Michael Dal Colle, a left winger from the Oshawa Generals as the Islanders first round pick.
Dal Colle, the Richmond Hill, Ontario native, played for Oshawa Generals in the Ontario Hockey League. During the 2013-2014 season, Dal Colle recorded 95 points (39 goals, 56 assists) in 67 games and helped the Generals to a first place finish in the Eastern Conference. Dal Colle wouldn’t be the only pick for the Islanders in the first round, however. The Tampa Bay Lightning would then trade their second 1st round pick, which they obtained in the Martin St. Louis trade, to the Islanders for their 35th and 57th overall picks.
With another first round pick in hand, the Islanders would select Josh Ho-Sang, 18, from the Ontario Hockey League. Ho-Sang has played the last two seasons with the Windsor Spitfires in the OHL and accumulated 129 points in 130 career games. He also set career-high totals after scoring 32 goals, 53 assists and 85 points last season alone. One of the biggest concerns with Ho-Sang is his effectiveness on a grand scale. According to Spitfire part-owner Warren Rychel, Ho-Sang is a “Skilled player, but not the most complete player”. This pick is considered around the league as a gamble, however, Garth Snow has been playing it safe for some time now and a bit of a gamble is something Snow isn’t afraid of from time to time.