Isles Go For High-End Talent During 2014 Draft



Garth Snow emerged with two high-end wingers on the first day, Michael Dal Colle and Joshua Ho-Sang. Each has high-end creativity, offensive skill sets and scoring abilities.

Snow – picking fifth overall — followed the gospel of The Games’ bible, The Hockey News, which recommended Dal Colle, a left winger, for that slot.

If you’re wondering what the bird dogs think of the Isles’ pick, check this comment: “I don’t want to say he flies under the radar, but sometimes he doesn’t get the credit he deserves,” says one scout. “He played for a team [Oshawa Generals] I didn’t think highly of, and he put tons of points on the board.”

What’s Dal Colle’s scouting report on himself?

“My favorite player is [Evgeni] Malkin. But I think a similar style to me would be Jeff Carter.”

There were no complaints about Snow’s choice on his first pick, but there were questions raised after he traded up for another first rounder (28th overall) and called the name of Ho-Sang. The Windsor Spitfires right wing has become somewhat controversial to some critics because he is confident in himself and speaks his mind.

However, The Hockey News enthuses over this product of Thornhill, Ontario.

“If you’re looking at pure talent,” the Bible of hockey reports, “few in this draft have more than Ho-Sang.”

Snow was meticulous in having his scouting staff do its homework on Ho-Sang. The group interviewed him twice prior to the Draft, and remains confident that the lad’s attitude concerns have been overblown by some media types.

“I care that we win,” Snow insists. “We get the players who we feel can help us win a championship, and we don’t care what anyone else thinks.”

These attributes will be a major boost for a team that already boasts dynamism as symbolized by captain John Tavares. As usually is the case with Major Junior players, each will need more time to develop physically. Then again, Dal Colle and Ho-Sang could be potential linemates for Tavares down the road.

As an added fillip, Ho-Sang oozes personality to go with his talent. All signs indicate that he will be a headline-grabber for what he says as well as for the goals he scores.