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Islanders get Dal Colle, Ho-Sang in first round of NHL draft

Joshua Ho-Sang puts on a team sweater after being selected as the number twenty-eight overall pick to the New York Islanders in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at Wells Fargo Center.

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The New York Islanders held onto the No. 5 pick in the NHL draft, and came away with forward Michael Dal Colle on Friday night.

The 18-year-old Ontario native had 39 goals and 56 assists in 67 games this season with the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League. The 6-foot-1 winger added eight goals and 12 assists in 12 playoff games. He was chosen for the OHL's second All-Star team.

Dal Colle joins a young core of forwards with the Islanders, who failed to make the playoffs this season after qualifying in 2013.

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"This is dream come true," Dal Colle said. "I'm excited about our depth. We're an up and coming young team. I'm sure I will fit in really well.

"I already received calls from John Tavares and Kyle Okposo, and a text from Josh Bailey."

The Islanders not only kept their own first-round selection, but they acquired the 28th choice from the Tampa Bay Lightning for picks No. 35 (2nd round) and No. 57 (3rd round) and chose Joshua Ho-Sang — a forward from Windsor of the OHL.

The Lightning had gotten pick No. 28 from the New York Rangers in the trade-deadline deal that sent Martin St. Louis to New York and moved Ryan Callahan to Tampa Bay.

Ho-Sang led Windsor with 85 points in 67 regular-season games, and tied for the team lead with 32 goals.

During the 2012-13 season, Dal Colle was chosen for the OHL All-Rookie first team after posting 15 goals and 33 assists in 63 games with Oshawa. He also played for Canada-Ontario at the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

The Islanders, who were plagued by injuries last season — the most glaring being a season-ending knee injury for captain Tavares sustained at the Sochi Olympics — went 34-37-11 and missed the playoffs for the sixth time in seven seasons.

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"Drafting a player of Michael's calibre is another building block in what is an important off-season for the organization," Islanders general manager Garth Snow said in a statement. "We're excited to see him develop into another key piece of our core. Michael has top-end offensive skill, paired with two-way instincts and hockey sense, which are assets we are thrilled to add to the Islanders."

Dal Colle was the seventh No. 5 pick in Islanders history. The most recent before Friday was Ryan Strome in 2011, following Nino Niederreiter a year earlier.

"I want to play here next year," Dal Colle said. "I feel ready."

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