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By Tim Lucarelli (@tlucarelli)
If there’s one thing that Jarmo Kekalainen has, it is a reputation for making smart decisions on draft day. And for an organization that has historically had very little success with first round choices, all eyes were on Kekalainen to see how he would make use of his three choices.
Not surprising, the first choice was a Scandinavian player in center Alexander Wennberg. Wennberg is a pass-first player who possesses a great combination of speed, skill, and defensive responsibility. Ultimately, he will mold into a complementary player who can be relied on for offense, while still being used in all special teams situations.
“Wennberg is a very smooth skating, efficient Swede. He plays the game well at both ends of the ice and has a great deal of hockey sense. He is more prone to setting up goals, yet one should not underestimate his ability to score.” – Trent Klatt, Islanders Player Development
Just five choices later, the...