In last year's NHL Entry Draft, the New York Islanders took 18-year-old center Reece Newkirk in the fifth round (147th overall). Back in June, I wrote an analysis on this pick and gave it a grade of a B. With how Newkirk is playing now, the grade may be even better.
Newkirk, who turns 19 in a couple of weeks, has continued to grow as a hockey player and improve his game. The young center has continued to show that the New York Islanders quite possibly could have found a diamond in the rough within the 2019 draft.