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New York Islanders Cloudy History in NHL Draft Lottery Era

NEW YORK - JULY 22: National Hockey League Executive Vice President Bill Daly (L) presides over the NHL draft lottery with Joe Crotty (C) of Ernst
NEW YORK - JULY 22: National Hockey League Executive Vice President Bill Daly (L) presides over the NHL draft lottery with Joe Crotty (C) of Ernst
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NEW YORK – JULY 22: National Hockey League Executive Vice President Bill Daly (L) presides over the NHL draft lottery with Joe Crotty (C) . New York Islanders hope for first overall.

The New York Islanders have had a complicated history with the NHL Draft Lottery. It’s not the lottery that’s made this history complicated, but the Islanders themselves. Obviously.

With a disappointing 35-37-10 season, the New York Islanders find themselves hoping a Ping-Pong ball can bring them a shed of positivity this offseason. As the offseason begins for the 15 teams who’ve been irrelevant since April, winning the draft lottery can turn the tide on any plans they might have had, for the better.

The New York Islanders are in a unique position where they have two picks in the NHL draft lottery. They have their own, and the Calgary Flames first round pick they got in exchange for Travis Hamonic. You’re welcome once again Calgary.

In preparation for the 2018 NHL Draft Lottery that will take place on April 28th, I wanted to look at the New York Islanders history with the lottery.

I went back to 2005 and up till the last lottery draft to paint a picture of what the Islanders have done with the franchise-altering event. What I wanted to know was: (1) what the Islanders odds have been at winning the lottery and (2) what they’ve done when they subsequently won or didn’t win.

Through those 13 draft lottery draws I concluded there were three eras: the pre-Tavares era, the Tavares/rebuild era, and the post-Tavares era. (I know, super creative titling.)

The Tavares era, as you’ll see, will be bookended with two periods of “what is happening exactly”. Where the Islanders are in and out of the lottery but don’t seem to have a plan.

While the Tavares era seems to have a central theme, but the Isles absolutely botch it. Which has come to be expected with this franchise.

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