New York Islanders 2018 NHL Mock Draft with Trade 3.0

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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BUFFALO, NY – JANUARY 4: Rasmus Dahlin #8 of Sweden during the IIHF World Junior Championship against the United States at KeyBank Center on January 4, 2018 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Kevin Hoffman/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY – JANUARY 4: Rasmus Dahlin #8 of Sweden during the IIHF World Junior Championship against the United States at KeyBank Center on January 4, 2018 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Kevin Hoffman/Getty Images) /

1. Rasmus Dhalin

The Buffalo Sabres own the number one overall pick which means they get to land the consensus number one, 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.

Islanders legend Denis Potvin had some words of advice for Rasmus Dhalin “Make sure the young man plays defense first”.

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

Andrei Svechnikov is the next prospect up on our mock draft list. Carolina would get a winger with a ton of scoring upside. It was put on display with his 40 goal season in the OHL this year, playing for the Barrie Colts.

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.

Cam Robinson had this to say on Svechnikov: “A ridiculous near goal-per-game output in the OHL is just the tip of the iceberg for the dynamic winger. Was somewhat underutilized at the WJHC but found a way to make a difference most nights. A legitimate 40-plus goal threat not too far down the line.”

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.

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