We’ve all had some time to calm down after the New York Islanders somehow came out worse off at the 2018 NHL Draft Lottery. So who do the Isles take at 11-12?
The New York Islanders number one priority this offseason is to sign John Tavares to a long-term extension. But in a not so distant second is the 2018 NHL Draft.
If the Islanders first overall pick from 2009 decides he wants to seek greener pastures, the Isles are definitely going to need these two top half picks to be impact players in the NHL. And soon. Getting the draft right is imperative.
The New York Islanders entered the draft with the tenth and 12th pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. With a 60.5 percent and a 78 percent chance that both picks stay exactly where they were, it was safe to say they weren’t going to fare worse. They did. Of course, they did.
Carolina, the pick sandwiched between the two Islanders picks moved up all the way to second. That’s right. The Hurricane had a 3.3 percent chance of picking second, and they got it. (BTW: the Islanders had a 3.8 and 2.7 percent chance of picking second.)
Now with the New York Islanders picking eleventh and 12th, who do they go for? And who’s left on the board to take? To figure that out three of us here at Eyes on Isles ran a mock draft. (Shout out to Matt O’Leary and Chris Lizza for the help.) I personally think Quinton Hughes falls to eleven but did my counterparts also think so?