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         With the 15th overall pick of the NHL Draft, it is likely the Islanders will draft Curtis Lazar.  The six foot tall center is a player who likes to get physical and has a cannon for a shot. In the 2012-13 WHL season, Lazar lit the lamp an impressive thirty-eight times while tallying twenty-three assists in seventy-two games played. 


          This prospect reminds me of an emerging force of the Islanders you may know: Casey Cizikas. Lazar is not a first line NHL player. He most likely won't be a second line player, given the fact that the Islanders top prospect Ryan Strome will most likely see day-to-day playing time. Lazar, like Casey, is a third or fourth line center who can score and hit. He will fit nicely into a team with an already strong bottom six. 
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What I like most about Lazar is his potential on the Power Play. The Islanders' Man-Up team could use a bit of improvement, and a guy like Lazar could help. Lazar is like Matt Moulson in the sense that he likes to stand in front of the net and capitalize on loose pucks, but Lazar has a big shot as well. Lazar may even be able to play defense on the Power Play.  A guy like Lazar will work well with Islanders star John Tavares on the Power Play. Tavares can dance around a team and find Lazar, who is staring at a wide open net. Or, if Lazar is a defensemen on the Power Play, Lazar can take shots at the point and Tavares, who has excellent hand-eye coordination, can deflect the puck into the net.
    Overall Synopsis: Lazar will be a player who can have an immediate impact on the Isles, particularly on the Power Play. I look forward to seeing Lazar in Orange and Blue soon. 




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