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New York Islanders Roundtable: 2019 NHL Playoffs Draft

DALLAS, TX - JUNE 22: Noah Dobson poses after being selected twelfth overall by the New York Islanders during the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center on June 22, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - JUNE 22: Noah Dobson poses after being selected twelfth overall by the New York Islanders during the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center on June 22, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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DALLAS, TX – JUNE 23: (l-r) Lou and Chris Lamoriello of the New York Islanders attend the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center on June 23, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

If you could draft one player from a non-playoff team to add to the New York Islanders, who would you add and why?

The New York Islanders are by no means a finished product. Their 103 point season was achieved by sticking to a plan set out from the start of the season, but no one will tell you the end result was as expected. No one thought it would go this well.

The Islanders just aren’t deep with talent. They rely heavily on a bottom six that play big minutes. For example, Cal Clutterbuck lead the Islanders forwards in ice-time over the last few games. On the Isles last game of the season, he registered a forward high of 16:36

The Islanders aren’t weak in any one position, and they aren’t strong in any position either. Aside from goalkeeping.

What if that could be addressed, hypothetically? What if you could draft one player from a non-playoff team? Who would you take and why? We asked those questions to our writers. This is what they came up with.

One rule: The player has to fit in the cap. So no Patrick Kane. No Jonathan Toews.

Full disclosure: I took the idea from Ryan Lambert of the Puck Soup Podcast, who in turn took it from Inside College Hockey.

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