New York Islanders Roundtable: 2019 NHL Playoffs Draft
Owen Martin – Leon Draisaitl
I believe Leon Draisaitl would be the perfect guy to draft from a non-playoff team. His 105 points would be a more than welcome addition to the Islanders’ top 6 and first power-play unit.
With 29 power-play points, ranking 19th in the league, he would bolster their man advantage, which would now feature Mathew Barzal and Draisaitl with Lee in front of the net, and would almost compare to being on the ice with the likes of Connor McDavid.
The only real crutch of the Islanders’ season has been their power-play, not needing any drastic changes to Barry Trotz’s defense. Leon’s 105 points ranks fourth in the NHL, albeit playing on Connor McDavid’s wing.
With a hefty $8.5 million cap hit for the next seven years, Draisaitl would fit within the Islanders cap space, with little room to re-sign Mathew Barzal, Ryan Pulock, and Devon Toews in next year’s offseason.
To keep up with the offensive juggernauts the Islanders would have to play in the playoffs, a boost from a 105 point player would help them immensely.
One could argue you should draft Patrick Kane, Mathew Barzal’s childhood idol, who scored 110 points, 30 of which were on the power-play, instead of Leon Draisaitl, but his $10.5 million cap hit would be just over the cap room that Lou Lamoriello could spend, and Lou would not be too fond of Kane’s number 88.
To help this Islanders team from being a Cinderella story to a true contender, and push them over the hump to try and beat that stacked Tampa Bay team.