The New York Islanders drafted Michael Dal Colle with the fifth overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.
Dal Colle, from Oshawa of the OHL is a 6-2, 182-pound left winger who scored 39 goals and recorded 56 assists in 67 games last season to lead his team to first place in the Eastern Conference and a berth in the Finals.
He patterns his game after Carolina Hurricanes center who prides himself on being a sound two-way player. He’s got great size for the position and possesses a nice shot and instincts. He makes sound decisions on the ice and his offensive potential and skill could rival the players taken in the three spots ahead of him.
“He quietly goes about his business, not flashy but always good. He kills penalties and plays the point on the power play. Dal Colle is a versatile guy. He’s fluid and capable of scoring big goals. He’s going to be a really good pro.”
The Islanders have fallen on hard times in recent years but with John Tavares one of the top young players in the NHL, a pairing with Dal Colle in the near future could mean the Islanders could once again be consistent playoff contenders in the Eastern Conference.