2010 NHL Draft 5th Pick: New York Islanders Select Nino Niederreiter, Portland Winter Hawks Right Winger

Nino Niederreiter has become the highest ever selected Swiss born with his selection by the New York Islanders. Niederreiter led the Winterhawks in scoring last season with 36 goals and 60 points and is a good selection for the Islanders. 

Our Dallas Stars site, Defending Big D, has more on Niederreiter

A strong player who can play both sides of the forward ice and has pro-level finishing ability already at his young age. His potential to be an impact player in the NHL is as high as anyone's and as recent performances at the World Juniors and in the National League A playoffs with HC Davos in 2009 proved, he can certainly handle being in and performing well in pressure situations.

With John Tavares selected first overall last season, the Islanders now have a couple of good offensive players from the past two drafts. 

For more on this pick, visit Lighthouse Hockey, our Islanders site. 

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