The NHL Entry Draft is just over a month away and with the season over for the New York Islanders scouts and club executives are going to spend the next number of sleepless night debating who they target and why.
The New York Islanders are going to approach the draft like the majority of other teams. Do they target players in positions that they need coverage in now, or do they simply draft the best player available?
Both schools of though have some merit to them. A fill the void policy can address immediate holes in your lineup. While drafting the best player available means you’ve filled your prospect pool with the best candidates.
Simultaneously, both strategies have their drawbacks. Drafting to fill a void would only work if you’re draft well up in the order. Drafting between 1-5 would arguably nab you an NHL ready prospect. Any later and you’re drafting a player that will likely need more conditioning in the juniors or the AHL.
Drafting the best available player works in the early rounds, but as the rounds go later the ‘best available player’ becomes very muddled. The difference between pick #79 and #110 is often minute and marginal.
The New York Islanders go into this draft with the 19th overall pick. They also have a pick in the third, sixth and two picks in the seventh round. Who do they take at nineteen?
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