As the Islanders were officially put on the clock for the first time in the 2014 NHL Draft, Garth Snow calmly stood up, walked up to the podium, and announced that they would be selecting Michael Dal Colle.
Dal Colle, a 6'2, 184 pound Forward, put up 95 points in the OHL last season as a 17 year old and has been compared to that of Eric Staal and Patrick Marleau.
Known for his maturity and ability to battle through adversity, Dal Colle brings to the table a strong offensive mind as well as a quick shot. He has proven to be able to score the clutch goal when called upon and has tremendous upside, though no one knows just how big of an upside recently drafted players really have.
The one downside that comes with Dal Colle is his size. At 6'2, 184, MDC has a lengthy stature and will need to add some a lot of muscle if he wants to compete at the NHL level, which most likely will not be for another 2 years.
As he was expected to be a top-3 pick, Dal Colle falling to the Islanders at the 5 spot is a blessing if I have ever seen one.
Like the pick, like the kid.