The New York Islanders will select 11th and 12th in the NHL Draft this year. Yesterday, we found out about a draft party at Nassau Coliseum.
With the New York Islanders having two lottery picks and the draft party at the Nassau Coliseum it feels like it’s 2009 all over again. Although this time, I don’t think they’ll be coming away with a John Tavares like player.
In a surprising turn of events, the Islanders might actually be forced to use both picks to draft replacements for John Tavares who is set to become a UFA on July 1, 2018.
It’s definitely going to be a weird vibe at the Coliseum that night. Fans are frustrated and want more after two seasons without the playoffs. Some fans want the Islanders to trade the picks, while others want the team to fill out their prospect pool and select two players.
Another new wrinkle is that you have to pay to get into the 2018 draft party. You can purchase your $8.50 ticket (plus fees) right here. The money is going to local youth sports program so it’s for a good cause.
Doors open at 5:00 pm on June 22. There will be family activities, live music, interactive games and special guests. June is going to be a stressful time for Islanders fans if you want to party with other frustrated fans maybe check out the draft party this year.
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