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New York Islanders Starting Goalie Available at 2018 NHL Draft

ST LOUIS, MO - MAY 17: Dainius Zubrus #9 of the San Jose Sharks (not pictured) scores an empty net goal during the third period against the St. Louis Blues in Game Two of the Western Conference Final during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scottrade Center on May 17, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - MAY 17: Dainius Zubrus #9 of the San Jose Sharks (not pictured) scores an empty net goal during the third period against the St. Louis Blues in Game Two of the Western Conference Final during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scottrade Center on May 17, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /
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ST LOUIS, MO – MAY 17: Dainius Zubrus #9 of the San Jose Sharks (not pictured) scores an empty net goal during the third period against the St. Louis Blues in Game Two of the Western Conference Final during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scottrade Center on May 17, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /

The New York Islanders desperately need a starting goalie for the 2018-19 NHL season. Leading up to the draft there are a number of options on the table.

The New York Islanders lose both Jaroslav Halak and Kristers Gudlevskis to free agency they have Thomas Greiss and new to North America Linus Soderstrom in the system. Neither of which is an NHL caliber starter this season.

To be fair, it’s not like either Halak or Gudlevskis were any good. Even if the Islanders had both under contract they’d still be looking for a starter this season. Halak and his above 3.00 GAA and just above 0.900 had a hard time stopping the puck, while Gudlevskis wasn’t much better at the AHL level.

While there are no Carey Price or Pekka Rinne like goalies readily available (for obvious reasons) there are a number of options in the market that, while being a bit riskier, could pay off big time for the Islanders.

A few are rumored to be available in free agency while a few more are rumored to be available via trade. Ahead of the 2018 draft the goaltender market has absolutely opened up for the New York Islanders.

Instead of having to settle and hopefully take the best available option, the Islanders can shop the market and actually take the best available option. Determining what goalie that might be is going to be a little more difficult now that there are a few more options on the table.

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