Aatu Raty
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The Islanders didn’t draft until the second round, but they got a good one.

Leen Amin

The New York Islanders didn’t make a selection until the second round of the 2021 draft. However, they got a nice, promising prospect with this pick.

Finnish center Aatu Räty has had a bit of a fall from grace. At one point, he was deemed to be the best prospect in his class, but has now fallen to the 52nd pick.

The skills are there, his stock just dropped after some disappointing performances and a loss of interest.

Räty is a skilled puck-handler and one of the best prospects in this draft. The Islanders got a good one here, especially after some underwhelming recent drafts.


Leen has written about the MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, and international soccer. She is currently the primary NHL writer for ESNY. Leen's work has been featured on Bleacher Report and she was formerly a contributor for FanSided's New York Mets blog, Rising Apple. She is a co-host of the Yankees-Mets Express podcast.