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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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WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 27: Goalie Philipp Grubauer #31 of the Washington Capitals tends the net against the Ottawa Senators during the first period at Capital One Arena on February 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /

David Lazar

Lou Lamoriello is in charge. That means the Islanders will certainly be trading at least one of their draft picks in the first round.

It will be a tough decision, given this might be the deepest first round in recent memory, but if the Islanders have an offer on the table for a top-four defenseman, they’ll take it.

Torey Krug and Justin Faulk are two potential options that could be acquired for a first. Philipp Grubauer could also be gotten for a first, and the Islanders could probably snag the Capitals’ first in that deal as well.

The Islanders will most likely be active in the second round as well. Defense, goaltending, and the third line center position are all weaknesses, and a second rounder could definitely address one of these holes.

The days of mediocrity are over. Lou Lamoriello will be active on Draft Day, so buckle up.

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