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New York Islanders Roundtable: 2018 NHL Entry Draft Possibilities

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 22: Griffin Reinhart (C), fourth overall pick by the New York Islanders, poses on stage with Islanders representatives during Round One of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft at Consol Energy Center on June 22, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 22: Griffin Reinhart (C), fourth overall pick by the New York Islanders, poses on stage with Islanders representatives during Round One of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft at Consol Energy Center on June 22, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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PITTSBURGH, PA – JUNE 22: Griffin Reinhart (C), fourth overall pick by the New York Islanders, poses on stage with Islanders representatives during Round One of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft at Consol Energy Center on June 22, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The New York Islanders have been making huge strides to reshape the franchise. They can continue their metamorphosis during the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. If they so chose.

Going into the 2018 NHL Entry Draft the New York Islanders have a big decision to make. Do they use both first-round picks to draft players for the future or will they use them to trade for needs on the ice today?

We know that the New York Islanders need a starting goalie. The Islanders NHL goalie depth chart starts and ends with Thomas Greiss.

Two seasons ago that may not have seemed as such a terrible option. At that point, the German netminder backstopped the Isles to the playoffs and even stole a round. But after an awful 2017-18 season having Thomas Greiss as the only capable NHL goalie is a terrible situation.

Now that the Islanders have a capable General Manager in Lou Lamoriello and a Stanley Cup winning and NHL veteran Head Coach in Barry Trotz. They went from the laughing stock of the NHL to the class of the league in a matter of days.

(Maybe, “class of the league” is a tad strong. But the Islanders look like an organization with its act together. Which is light-years from the previous regime.)

So we asked our writers what they thought might happen at the 2018 NHL Entry Draft for the Islanders. Do they pick two players, do they trade one of the picks, or do they trade both? What’s in store for the New York Islanders on June 22nd.

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