The Isles finished as the fourth-worst team for yet another year. With a 34-37-11 record for 79 points only the Canadiens (78pts), Oilers (74pts), and Blue Jackets (65pts) were worse.
Again, the Isles had a 10.7 percent chance of moving up from fourth to first. Nail Yakupov was a lock to be the number one pick. With 170 points in 107 games with the Sarnia Sting, you could see why he was the consensus number one pick.
Of course, Edmonton won the draft lottery that year. Meaning Columbus moved back one spot.
The Isles drafted Griffin Reinhart with the fourth overall pick. While Reinhart never had an impact at the NHL level, at least the Isles would turn him into Mathew Barzal and Anthony Beauvillier at the expense of the Edmonton Oilers a few years later.
Modern draft lottery:
Winners – 8th, 6th, 3rd
The Isles would move down to the sixth slot in this scenario. Hampus Lindholm was selected by Anaheim sixth overall that year. With 466 more NHL games than Griffin Reinhart, Lindholm would have been a vastly superior pick to make.
Although that also means, the Isles don’t eventually get Mathew Barzal. But with Zibanejad, Tavares, and now Lindholm, does it matter?