Jun 25, 2011

Draft: Islanders Select John Persson With The 124th Overall Pick; Brendan Kitchon With The 126th Pick

The New York Islanders have selected Johan Persson, a Swedish CHL Import from Red Deer of the WHL with the 124th Pick of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. They have also selected Brendan Kichton from Spokane of the WHL with the 126th Pick of the NHL Entry Draft.

Persson is a 6'2" left wing who scored 61 points in 66 games for Red Deer last season with a +37 rating.

Kichton is a 5'10" defenseman who had 81 points and a +55 with Spokane. Here is a writeup on the defenseman.

CH: Without knowing much about them, they seem like decent value at this point. The Islanders don't pick again until the 7th round, so a little bit of a break here.

AT: Kichton seems to be an offensive D-man but most of that came from being on a very powerful Spokane team. Definitely has puck moving skills but he'll have to work on them in the WHL. Persson is big, strong and loves to fight. Could be a 4th line Matt Martin-esque player in the future.

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