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New York Islanders Daily: Draft Day 2018

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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It’s day one of the NHL Draft and the New York Islanders have two picks in the first round. What is Lou Lamoriello going to do with those picks?

The fact that Lou Lamoriello is going to be sitting at the draft table instead of Garth Snow is still something that’s going to be weird to see. It hasn’t quite sunk in yet that Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz is the GM and Coach combination for the Islanders.

In the span of weeks, they went from one of the worst GM and Coach duos to one of the best. Lou has this team in a completely different direction with minimal time on the job. It’s actually incredibly impressive.

Today is the first round of the NHL Draft and with two picks, at 11 and 12, the Islanders are expected to be busy. I’d put it at an almost 99 percent chance they don’t use both first rounders on drafting a player.

In all likelihood, they’ll be trading one of them for either a goalie or a defenseman. They’ve been linked to Philipp Grubauer, who is likely the number one goalie target on the market, but it might just take both their seconds to acquire him.

If I was Lou Lamoriello, I’d be packaging a first rounder, Brock Nelson and a prospect for a legit, top-four defenseman. Keep your eye out for the Carolina Hurricanes trying to acquire picks. I’d try to spark a deal with them if I was Lou.

The interesting part of all this is for the first time Islanders fans have complete faith in their organization. No matter what Lou does, fans will give him the benefit of the doubt. It’s crazy what a couple of weeks can do for you.

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