One way or another, the New York Islanders new head of hockey operations Lou Lamoriello, will have his goalie come Friday night. At the end of the day, Lou will move one of his first-round picks (12th overall) to the Washington Capitals for goaltender Philip Grubauer.
At just 26 years of age, Grubauer is ready to be a number one goalie in the NHL and thrive in that role as well. Last season Grubauer played in 35 games with a 15-10-3 record with a 2.35GAA and .923 SV%.
In regards to the other first-round pick, Lou will swing for the fences a touch and draft 6’2, 196 lbs defenseman Bode Wilde at the eleventh overall selection. While Wilde has to refine his game, he has a very high ceiling. Besides his size, he is a physical blueliner who can skate, handle the puck and has a booming shot. Everything a franchise wants in a top defensive prospect.
Grubauer and Wilde will be Islanders come Friday night. Also, with two picks in the second-round on Saturday (41st & 43rd overall), Lou will not be done wheeling and dealing. Capping off a great week in Isles land.