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New York Islanders: 3 Dark-Horse Teams Who’ll Want A First Round Pick

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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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) /

The New York Islanders have two first round picks, they’ll likely move one for either an elite defender or a goalie. Here are some dark-horse candidates.

Ever since the New York Islanders trade Travis Hamonic, the talk was what are the Islanders going to do with the picks. The Islanders aren’t rebuilding, so the extra picks aren’t really necessary to replenish the farm.

The Isles are in a position to go for it now, and by going for it they can use their picks, four of which are in the first two rounds, and attempt to acquire either a goalie or a defenseman.

The biggest problem for the team last year was the blue line and play in net. With the draft collateral, the Islanders hold they should be able to make something happen. One thing people have failed to look at is who needs back in the first round.

So many have taken a look from the Islanders perspective and pointed out trade targets they’d like based on Islanders needs. But what about needs of other teams? Today, we’ll look at three dark horses to trade back into the first round and what the Islanders can get in a deal with any of those teams.

With Lou Lamoriello in charge, we can finally expect the unexpected. So, let’s take a look at teams without a first round pick that may want to jump back into the mix.

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