With two picks in the 2018 NHL Draft Lottery, New York Islanders you need to know where and whats going on with the draft. Cause it’s a weird one this year.
Thanks to a league-worst defense, the New York Islanders were able to shoot their eighth best offense in the NHL in the foot and miss the playoff for the second time in two seasons.
With that comes a chance at winning the 2018 NHL draft lottery. For their poor play, the Islanders are awarded a 3.5 percent chance at getting Rasmus Dahlin.
The Isles second chance at the Swedish defenseman comes way of the Calgary Flames. Who after acquiring Travis Hamonic from the Isles had their season go south. With a 37-35-10 record, the Flames missed the playoffs by 11 points. Giving the Isles another 2.5 percent chance at Dahlin.
Great. So how can you see the event unfold and hopefully see the Islanders draft first overall for the second time since 2009?
Where Can I See It?
So tune in at 7:30 to watch the NHL lightning round their way through the back eleven of the lottery. THEN watch two periods of a game that starts at 8 p.m. to see the next three picks.
What in the name of all that is holy is that? This is so contrived it’s shameful. Even for the NHL.
I get building tension. I get establishing drama, anticipation, and excitement. But waiting for another hour minimum – who knows how many goals will need reviewing – for the next set of picks is absolutely insane.
Of course, the NHL would do something this half-baked. Only the NHL can screw something like a draft lottery up so bad. Only the NHL.
Anyways, if you want to see it live, there you have it. Now you know to have this on in the background as the Islanders in all likelihood don’t move from their ten and 12 spots.
Then again the Philadelphia Flyers picked second overall last season with a 2.4 percent chance. Who says the Islanders don’t do the same?
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Date and Time: April 28th, 2018 from 7:30 pm EST and then again after the second intermission of Sharks v. Vegas game. (I know, it’s ridiculous).
Station: NBCSN and CBC