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2015 NHL Draft Order Until the New York Islanders (or Someone) Makes a Trade

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Part resource, part official "Trade This Guy or This Guy for That Pick" speculation thread.

No stage time for the families this year...probably.
No stage time for the families this year...probably.
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With the Stanley Cup awarded, thoughts turn to the NHL draft. But in an odd turnabout, which in one way reflects their new status as contenders and in another way reflects their impatience (finally) and imprudence to get there, the New York Islanders aren't in the running for any of the top prospects.

Thanks to their improvement and playoff appearance, the Islanders were not in the lottery this year and instead the order has them picking 21st in each round. (The order gets skewed by a compensatory pick for the Hawks at #54, awarded out of thin air because Kevin Hayes didn't sign with them.) But thanks mostly to the Thomas Vanek trade, the Isles aren't in position to make a selection until the 72nd choice.

That could all change of course. I'd even bet on it changing as Garth Snow looks to shuffle, get back into the NHL's prospect roulette, and make other moves as insurance for any departing forwards. Chances are the Islanders see a few prospects in this draft whom they feel are worth trading an asset. But if they do that, it probably won't happen until during the draft when they have a better sense that one of their targets is still on the table.

Generally if a team is going to give up their first or second round pick, they are going to want an active NHL player, an on-the-cusp prospect, or picks later in/close to those same rounds. The Isles don't have the latter, but arguably have options from the other categories. With some extra forwards (Michael Grabner?) and excess blueline prospects (Griffin Reinhart?), the Islanders have some pieces that could be in play.

*Note: Technically Grabner isn't an "extra" forward, but he has a few strikes that put him in frequent trade speculation: An injury-riddled season, inconsistent faith from the staff, new additions in 2014-15 who bumped him down the depth chart, and a high salary but low cap hit this year (the Isles tend to favor the inverse), as well as some alluring skills that make him actually desirable in a trade.

Snow himself alluded to packaging the two thirds for a second if the right opportunity came up.

Just remember, as you fantasize about a trade for an unknown future in this draft, each of the possible trade chips has its own baggage. (e.g. Grabner had an injury-riddled season; Reinhart is a former top pick who may have been passed by others on the depth chart.)

Islanders Picks: Two 3rds, a 4th, a 6th, a 7th

At present, the Islanders have no picks until the third round, when they have two -- Florida's at 72 thanks to a swap of mid-round picks at last year's draft, and their own at 82.

In the fourth round, they have their own at 112.

In the fifth round they have none, having traded a conditional fourth to San Jose for Dan Boyle (it became a fifth when he didn't sign, though in retrospect he did the Isles a favor by going to the other New York).

In the sixth round, they hold their own pick at 172.

In the seventh round, they have one of two selections, having dealt the later one to San Jose in the Tyler Kennedy trade (which was a 2015 seventh unless the Isles won the Cup, which would've made it a 2016 third. Aren't draft pick trades fun?).

Full Draft Order

Here's the full order. The Islanders' picks (at present) are in bold, picks that involved them at one time are in italics with some explanation. This is based on news reports and nhl.com, but is not final. A good resource for keeping up with changes (at least until NHL.com updates) is ProSportsTransactions.

  1. Edmonton
  2. Buffalo
  3. Arizona
  4. Toronto
  5. Carolina
  6. New Jersey
  7. Philadelphia
  8. Columbus
  9. San Jose
  10. Colorado
  11. Florida
  12. Dallas
  13. Los Angeles
  14. Boston
  15. Calgary
  16. Pittsburgh → Edmonton
  17. Winnipeg
  18. Ottawa
  19. Detroit
  20. Minnesota
  21. NY Islanders → Buffalo [Thomas Vanek trade]
  22. Washington
  23. Vancouver
  24. Nashville → Toronto
  25. St. Louis → Buffalo → Winnipeg
  26. Montreal
  27. Anaheim
  28. NY Rangers → Tampa Bay
  29. Tampa Bay → Philadelphia
  30. Chicago → Arizona
  31. Buffalo
  32. Arizona
  33. Edmonton
  34. Toronto → Los Angeles → Columbus
  35. Carolina
  36. New Jersey
  37. Philadelphia → NY Islanders → Boston [Andrew MacDonald, Johnny Boychuk trades]
  38. Columbus
  39. San Jose
  40. Colorado
  41. Florida → New Jersey
  42. Dallas → Ottawa
  43. Los Angeles → Buffalo → Los Angeles
  44. Boston → Tampa Bay
  45. Calgary
  46. Pittsburgh
  47. Winnipeg
  48. Ottawa
  49. Detroit → Dallas
  50. Minnesota
  51. NY Islanders → Buffalo [Thomas Vanek trade]
  52. Washington → Calgary
  53. Vancouver → Calgary
  54. Chicago (compensatory pick for Kevin Hayes not signing)
  55. Nashville
  56. St. Louis
  57. Montreal → Edmonton
  58. Anaheim → Columbus
  59. NY Rangers → Arizona
  60. Tampa Bay → NY Rangers
  61. Chicago → Philadelphia
  62. Buffalo → Washington
  63. Arizona
  64. Edmonton → Anaheim → Tampa Bay
  65. Toronto
  66. Carolina
  67. New Jersey
  68. Philadelphia → Columbus
  69. Columbus
  70. San Jose → Philadelphia
  71. Colorado
  72. Florida → NY Islanders [2014 draft swap]
  73. Dallas → Detroit
  74. Los Angeles
  75. Boston
  76. Calgary
  77. Pittsburgh → Florida
  78. Winnipeg
  79. Ottawa → Edmonton
  80. Detroit → Columbus → Anaheim
  81. Minnesota → Arizona
  82. NY Islanders
  83. Washington → Calgary
  84. Vancouver → Anaheim
  85. Nashville
  86. St. Louis → Edmonton
  87. Montreal
  88. Anaheim → Florida
  89. NY Rangers
  90. Tampa Bay → Philadelphia
  91. Chicago
  92. Buffalo
  93. Arizona → Washington → Carolina
  94. Edmonton → St. Louis
  95. Toronto
  96. Carolina
  97. New Jersey
  98. Philadelphia
  99. Columbus → Philadelphia
  100. San Jose → Nashville
  101. Colorado
  102. Florida
  103. Dallas
  104. Los Angeles
  105. Boston
  106. Calgary → San Jose
  107. Pittsburgh → Toronto
  108. Winnipeg
  109. Ottawa
  110. Detroit
  111. Minnesota
  112. NY Islanders
  113. Washington
  114. Vancouver
  115. Nashville
  116. St. Louis
  117. Montreal → Edmonton
  118. Anaheim → Tampa Bay
  119. NY Rangers
  120. Tampa Bay
  121. Chicago
  122. Buffalo
  123. Arizona
  124. Edmonton
  125. Toronto
  126. Carolina
  127. New Jersey → St. Louis
  128. Philadelphia
  129. Columbus
  130. San Jose
  131. Colorado → Montreal
  132. Florida
  133. Dallas
  134. Los Angeles
  135. Boston
  136. Calgary
  137. Pittsburgh
  138. Winnipeg → Carolina
  139. Ottawa
  140. Detroit
  141. Minnesota
  142. NY Islanders → San Jose [Dan Boyle trade; 4th became 5th when he didn't sign]
  143. Washington
  144. Vancouver
  145. Nashville
  146. St. Louis
  147. Montreal → Florida
  148. Anaheim
  149. NY Rangers → Vancouver
  150. Tampa Bay
  151. Tampa Bay
  152. Buffalo
  153. Arizona → Tampa Bay
  154. Edmonton
  155. Toronto
  156. Carolina
  157. New Jersey
  158. Philadelphia
  159. Columbus
  160. San Jose
  161. Colorado
  162. Florida
  163. Dallas
  164. Los Angeles → Chicago
  165. Boston
  166. Calgary
  167. Pittsburgh
  168. Winnipeg → Ottawa → Carolina
  169. Ottawa
  170. Detroit
  171. Minnesota
  172. NY Islanders
  173. Washington
  174. Vancouver
  175. Nashville
  176. St. Louis
  177. Montreal
  178. Anaheim
  179. NY Rangers
  180. Tampa Bay
  181. Chicago
  182. Buffalo
  183. Arizona
  184. Edmonton
  185. Toronto
  186. Carolina
  187. New Jersey → Los Angeles
  188. Philadelphia
  189. Columbus
  190. San Jose
  191. Colorado
  192. Florida
  193. Dallas
  194. Los Angeles
  195. Boston
  196. Calgary
  197. Pittsburgh
  198. Winnipeg
  199. Ottawa
  200. Detroit
  201. Minnesota
  202. NY Islanders
  203. Washington → Winnipeg
  204. Vancouver → Tampa Bay → Minnesota
  205. Nashville
  206. St. Louis → New Jersey → Florida
  207. Montreal
  208. Anaheim → Tampa Bay
  209. NY Rangers → Tampa Bay
  210. Tampa Bay → NY Islanders → San Jose [Tyler Kennedy trade]
  211. Chicago