Round 3 Pick 65
Original Pick: Adam Pelech | Our Pick: Matt Murray
Adam Pelech has been an okay NHL defenseman. He’s probably best suited as a bottom pairing guy, and he’ll likely get a chance in that role in 2018-2019 if he’s still with the team.
But, the Islanders could’ve solved their problem in net. Something they’ve struggled with for a very long time. Matt Murray, the two-time Cup champion was available when the Islanders were on the clock.
Murray had a down year in 2017-2018 with a .907 save percentage and a 2.92 goals against average. But, he’s still just 23-years-old and looks to be an excellent goalie for the Pens for the next decade-plus.
His best regular season was 2016-2017 when he had a .923 save percentage and a 2.41 goals against average. Come playoff time Murray is no slouch.
In 44 career games, he has a .923 save percentage and a 2.08 goals against average. The bigger the stage, the better he performs. His 2016-2017 playoff performance was unreal. He had a .937 save percentage and a 1.70 goals against average with three shutouts.
You could make the argument for taking Frederik Anderson here, he also went later in round three, but due to Murray’s age he seems like the better long-term pick.