With the 2010 NHL Entry Draft less than a week away, we take a look at five possible players the New York Islanders could identify as players they could pick up with the fifth-overall pick in the first round.
Having watched the Islanders as a season ticket holder for the last six years—and a credentialed blogger for the last three—it's easy to identify what type of players the Islanders really need to focus on in this upcoming draft.
While the cupboard is chock full of up-and-coming offensive and defensive talent, the Islanders really lack that powerhouse on the back end. They need someone who can punish the opposition with a crushing hit, but has the tools to be a quarterback on the power play and a handful to deal with offensively.
Luckily enough for the Islanders, there are a few great defensemen in the top 15 of 2010. Yet, at the same time, there are a handful of exciting talented forwards that can make Garth Snow's job a little tougher than in years past.