The NHL Entry Draft is here! And the New York Islanders aren't invited. For the first time since 2007, they won't be picking in the first round. But there still is plenty of fun to expect tonight, where the draft formally begins at 7 p.m. EDT.
Television: Sportsnet (Canada)and NBCSN (USA)
Live stream in the USA on NBC Live Extra
Many trades are expected, and many trades already went down before the festivities officially opened in Florida. Among them:
- Robin Lehner and David Legwand to the Sabres for a 1st-round pick (the one the Islanders previously held)
- Dougie Hamilton to Calgary for a 1st and two 2nds
- Milan Lucic to Los Angeles for a 1st, Martin Jones and Colin Miller
More NHL Draft coverage
Find lots of on-going coverage from around the network here:
- Scott's Entry Draft Comparables
- A three part series from Curtis looking at options with the 16th overall pick - Konecny, Svechnikov, or Meier
- Or SB Nation's first round mock draft.
- Here's our draft hub, featuring coverage from all 30+ of SB Nation blogs.
- Here's the full draft order, give or take a trade or 20.
Here again is the 1st-round draft order, updated as of 5:15 p.m. EDT:
- New Jersey
- San Jose
- Los Angeles → Boston (Lucic trade)
- Calgary → Boston (Hamilton trade)
- Pittsburgh → Edmonton
- NY Islanders → Buffalo (Vanek trade) → Ottawa (Lehner/Legwand trade)
- Nashville → Toronto
- St. Louis → Buffalo → Winnipeg
- NY Rangers → Tampa Bay
- Tampa Bay → Philadelphia
- Chicago → Arizona
The Islanders have no picks in the first (nor the second) round. But here is what they walked into Friday holding:
The Isles have:
- 1st and 2nd round: None (Vanek trade)
- 3rd round: Two picks, Florida's at 72, and their own at 82.
- 4th round: One pick, their own at 112.
- 5th round: None (Dan Boyle rights trade last summer).
- 6th round: Their own at 172.
- 7th round: Their own at...oh hell, it hardly matters once you reach 200, no? (It's 202 though.)