First-Round Lottery Picks
The New York Islanders have two – TWO! – first round picks in this year’s NHL Entry Draft, and both are lottery bound. The first is their own while the second belonged to the Calgary Flames. A pick the Isles got for Travis Hamonic.
The Islanders pick has a 3.5% chance to nab the first overall and 11.4% for a top three pick in the draft, while Calgary’s sits at 2.5% and 8.2% for a top three pick. They aren’t good odds, but they’re better than nineteen other picks in the opening round of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.
On April 28th the Isles and the other 13 teams with lottery picks will know who gets to pick one, two, three.
Does it make sense to trade the picks? Obviously, it all depends on the return, but for a team in a clear rebuild, it’s a good idea to acquire the picks. Teams like the Ottawa Senators, the Buffalo Sabres or even the St Louis Blues could use the pick.
It’s last on this list because they should be used as last resorts. Mortgaging the future for the immediate isn’t always the wisest solution for hockey teams. So unless there’s a slam dunk deal in front of them, like an Erik Karlsson or a Brayden Holtby, you don’t trade a first-round lottery pick.
Trading Brock Nelson, Josh Ho-Sang, Devon Toews either all together or as parts of small deals should net a good return that the New York Islanders can use to shore up the blue line and the blue paint for 2018-19.