Isles 2014 NHL Draft: Building for the Present or Drafting for the Future?

Will the Islanders even make it to the podium tonight? - Bruce Bennett

To trade or not to trade? That's always been the question.

It's the night Islanders fans have been waiting for for over two months now. A night that matters. The 2014 NHL Draft.

At the press time, the Islanders and Garth Snow still held the 5th pick in tonight's first round (Wells Fargo Center, 7 pm) and 7 picks in the first 4 rounds of the draft.

The biggest question will be if Snow decides to hold on to the pick and draft another piece to the Islanders future, or trade the pick (maybe along with others) for a piece to the Islanders present.

According to Arthur Staple of Newsday, Snow is fielding offers for the 5th pick. And while there is interest around the league, there hasn't been an offer yet that has blown Garth's socks off.

And Snow isn't stopping at trades and draft picks. He's still working on free agents as well.

So buckle up Islanders fans, and whether you're in Philly, at the Nassau Coliseum for the Islanders draft party, or watching with us at home, enjoy the ride.

Below will be a running, up to date list of the draft picks as they happen:

Round 1

1. Florida - Aaron Ekblad, D, Barrie (OHL)
2. Buffalo - Sam Reinhart, C, Kootenay (WHL)
3. Edmonton - Leon Draisaitl, C, Prince Albert (WHL)
4. Calgary - Sam Bennett, C, Kingston (OHL)
5. NY Islanders - Michael Dal Colle, LW, Oshawa (OHL)
6. Vancouver - Jake Virtanen, LW, Calgary (WHL)
7. Carolina - Haydn Fleury, D, Red Deer (WHL)
8. Toronto - William Nylander, RW, Sodertalje (SWE-2)
9. Winnipeg - Nikolaj Ehlers, LW, Halifax (QMJHL)
10. Anaheim (from Ottawa) - Nick Ritchie, LW, Peterborough (OHL)
11. Nashville - Kevin Fiala, LW, HV 71 Jr. (SWE-JR)
12. Phoenix - Brendan Perlini, LW, Niagara (OHL)
13. Washington - Jakub Vrana, C, Linkoping (SWE-2)
14. Dallas - Julius Honka, D, Swift Current (WHL)
15. Detroit - Dylan Larkin, C, USA U-18 (USHL)
16. Columbus - Sonny Milano, LW, USA U-18 (USHL)
17. Philadelphia - Travis Sanheim, D, Calgary (WHL)
18. Minnesota - Alex Tuch, C/RW, USA U-18 (USHL)
19. Tampa Bay - Anthony DeAngelo, D, Sarnia (OHL)
20. Chicago (from San Jose) - Nick Schmaltz, C, Green Bay (USHL)
21. St. Louis (conditional to Buffalo) - Robert Fabbri, C, Guelph (OHL)
22. Pittsburgh - Kasperi Kapanen, C, Kalpa (FIN)
23. Colorado - Conner Bleackley, C, Red Deer (OHL)
24. Vancouver (from Anaheim) - Jared McCann, C, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
25. Boston - David Pastrnak, LW, Sodertalje (SWE-2)
26. Montreal - Nikita Scherbak, LW, Saskatoon (WHL)
27. San Jose (from Chicago) - Nikolay Goldobin, RW, Sarnia (OHL)
28. New York Islanders (from NY Rangers via Tampa Bay) - Josh Ho-Sang, RW, Windsor (OHL)
29. Los Angeles - Adrian Kempe, Modo (SEL)
30. New Jersey - John Quenneville, C, Brandon (WHL)

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