New York Islanders Seattle Expansion Mock Draft
Who They Pick | Matt O’Leary
If we were the General Manager of Seattle we’d take Devon Toews. It seems like a really easy choice. Every player on this list has their flaws but Toews has the highest ceiling.
The 24-year-old had 22 points in 30 games with the Sound Tigers in the AHL last year. If he didn’t get hurt he likely would’ve made his NHL debut this past year as well.
After three years at Quinnipiac and two in the AHL, he is primed to make his NHL debut. Islanders scouts think he can turn into a top-four defenseman. He’s an RFA so he needs a new deal, but he likely is a cheap option that’ll give you solid production pretty quickly.
You might be able to sell me that they’d take Brock Nelson but that’s honestly more risky than taking Toews. Brock needs a new deal likely in the $4 million AAV range.
Watching him the past few years it’s pretty clear that he’s not worth that money. Some G.M. will be dumb enough to give it to him and I don’t think it’s Lou.
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