New York Islanders 2018 NHL Mock Draft post-Lottery 2.0

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 24: A general view of the draft board during the 2017 NHL Draft at the United Center on June 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 24: A general view of the draft board during the 2017 NHL Draft at the United Center on June 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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MONTREAL, QC – JANUARY 05: Rasmus Dahlin #8 of Team Sweden skates the puck during the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship bronze medal game against Team Russia at the Bell Centre on January 5, 2017 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Team Russia defeated Team Sweden 2-1 in overtime and win the bronze medal. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images) /

1. Rasmus Dahlin | Buffalo Sabres

The Buffalo Sabres won the draft lottery which means they get to land the consensus number one pick Rasmus Dhalin from Sweeden. Dahlin is viewed as a franchise-altering d-man that Buffalo can’t pass up on.

In the SHL Dhalin put up 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) in 41 games. Many have compared Dhalin to Brian Leetch and Erik Karlsson which is extremely high praise for the 18-year-old.

Rasmus is a great skater who can play in both ends. He fits the mold of the new age NHL defenseman to a tee and will be a welcomed addition to Buffalo.

2. Andrei Svechnikov | Carolina Hurricanes

Andrei Svechnikov is the next prospect up on the list. Carolina would get a solid winger who has insane scoring potential. It was put on display with his 40 goal season with the Barrie Colts of the OHL this year.

Andrei is the best of both worlds, he’s a fantastic stick handler, but he also knows where to position himself to be in the best spot to score goals. That kind of hockey IQ is rare to find in a young prospect.

Svechnikov can also rake up the assists and be a playmaker as well which is rare for a wing. Carolina, who desperately needs a rebuild, would be smart to grab him.

3. Filip Zadina | Montreal Canadiens

Filip Zadina adjusted well to the North American style of play. In his first year in the Q, he put up 82 points (44 goals, 38 assists).

He’s a dynamic offensive forward that can play a complete game. He has comparable puck-skills to any current star in the league, which is a great sign for Arizona.

Even though he’s more of an offensive-minded player, Zadina can hold his own in the defensive end as well. Montreal lands a well-rounded prospect third overall.

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