With two first-round picks, the New York Islanders approach the 2018 NHL Draft with some hope. So who do the Islanders take with picks ten and 12?
The 2017-18 season was a bitter disappointment for the New York Islanders. Finishing 17 points out of a playoff spot was not in the script.
The way they started the season we all flirted with Stanley Cup aspirations. And then in the most Isles like fashion, they crumbled from December onwards. A mix of awful defending and some and woeful goaltending sunk the Islanders attempt at getting back to the playoffs.
Thankfully though, there’s a silver lining in the Islanders fall to the lower tier of the NHL. They get to pick in the top half of the NHL draft.
With their 35-37-10 record, the Islanders get the chance to pick tenth overall (assuming the lottery doesn’t bump them down). And that’s not it! They also get to pick 12th thanks to the Calgary Flames going 37-35-10 on the season.
The Flames paid a King’s ransom for Travis Hamonic in the 2017 offseason. They sent their first – not lottery protected – in 2018 and two seconds for the Islanders defenseman. The Flames hubris paid off big for the Isles.
So how does the draft shakeout and what do the New York Islanders end up taking with their two draft picks?
Before we begin, we ranked the first 15 picks as thought the draft lottery didn’t happen. The final portion of the draft is ranked based on how the regular season as the playoffs has yet to be concluded.