We're less than one week from hearing Connor Bedard's name announced as the number one overall selection at the 2023 NHL Draft, 48 picks before learning who the newest member of the NY Islanders will be.
With all the pre-draft festivities and hoopla that go with the event, no-nonsense Lou Lamoriello and his staff will be strictly business, putting the final touches on their pre-draft big board. As players begin arriving in Nashville, organizations will have an opportunity to speak with prospects one last time before round one on Wednesday. Whoever the Islanders ultimately select at No. 49 will be based on how the selections ahead of them play out.
In the past two seasons, the Isles selected what many called a "steal" in the second round. Once considered the 2021 top prospect, Aatu Räty fell to the Isles at No. 52, and last year, potential first-rounder Calle Odelius dropped to the final pick of round two.
As the silly season continues and we try to predict who Lamoriello hopes to add to the organization, we break down a seven-round mock draft by Corey Pronman of The Athletic. With only five picks throughout the draft, as things currently stand, the Isles are hoping to find a game-breaker who can make an impact at some point down the road.