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New York Islanders Four Options For First Round Pick at 2019 NHL Draft

DALLAS, TX - JUNE 22: (l-r) Chris and Lou Lamoriello of 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: (l-r) Chris and Lou Lamoriello of 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 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)

Use the pick

Probability: Low

As a last resort, the New York Islanders will just use the pick to draft a player at 23rd overall. They’ll call teams behind them in the first round to see if they want to move up. They’ll think about trying to move up themselves. And they’ll definitely try to get a top-six player with the pick.

If they can’t get any, they’ll just draft a player with the pick.

The Athletic’s Corey Pronman (subscription required) has the New York Islanders drafting Philip Tomasino with the 23rd overall pick.

Tomasino is a versatile right-handed center who can carry the puck well and score a ton of points. He scored 72 points (34 goals and 38 assists) in 68 games for the Niagara IceDogs this season.

He’d be a great prospect for the New York Islanders to have in their system along with the other talented youngsters they already have. The Islanders have a shortage of centers in the system adding Tomasino strengthens a weakness in their system.

While the Islanders don’t need the pick (I’ve said that a ton in this slider) they’ll be happy if they can leave the draft with Phillip Tomasino in the fold.

I’ve got the probability at “Low”. It’s entirely possible the Isles keep the pick, but some of the other options just make more sense for them.

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Want to see what the New York Islanders might do with each of their picks from round one through round seven? See Matt O’Leary’s piece on the Islanders draft weekend activities.

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