The 2019 NHL Entry Draft is still a few months away, but what center should the New York Islanders be considering to draft in the first round?
We’re three months away from the 2019 NHL Entry Draft and with the New York Islanders still holding their first round pick it’s time to consider who they might pick.
With 11 games remaining in the regular season, and the playoffs still to go, the final draft order has yet to be set. But with 89 points on the season, the Islanders are sure to make the playoffs and likely in a top three position in the Metropolitan Division.
Where a team picks at the draft depends on if they make the playoffs and then where they finish in those playoffs. The further you make it in the post-season the later the pick.
I’m confident the Islanders can win a playoff round, but my confidence dips come the second round and beyond. Bowing out in the second round leaves the Isles somewhere around 24th. For the sake of the post, I’m going to assume the Islanders pick somewhere between 24th and 26th in the draft.
Now the question is: who do the Islanders draft with that pick? It’s clear that the Islanders need center depth. The only center they have in the system with any NHL potential is Otto Koivula.
The Isles have wingers in the system with Kieffer Bellows, Josh Ho-Sang, and Oliver Wahlstrom. They also have defensemen in Noah Dobson and Bode Wilde. In terms of skaters, the center position is the only position where they need to stock up.
Here are four options that could still be on the board when the New York Islanders step up to the podium to make their selection. And one pick that I hope is still on the board when the Islanders get up to the podium.