New York Islanders GM Garth Snow selected defensemen early and often in 2012, using all seven picks to bolster their blue line. His seven picks included a prospect from each of the three Canadian major junior leagues, one from Finland, and two other American born blue liners.

The Islanders also made a trade to immediately improve their defense by acquiring Lubomir Visnovsky from the Anaheim Ducks for a 2013 second round pick. He has one year remaining on his contract and was most likely brought into the fold to mentor their rising defensive prospects such as Calvin de Haan, Matt Donovan, and Aaron Ness.

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