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Draft Lottery Day News: Today is the 1st day of the rest of your life

Tonight the Islanders learn if they have two neat first-round picks, or something really special.

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NHL Draft Lottery Drawing
“Could you guys not screw up this pick? Please?”
Photo by Abelimages / Getty Images for NHL

The NHL Draft lottery results will be announced tonight. They’ll disclose the order of picks from 15 to 4 before the Knights-Sharks Game.

Then, they’ll hold announcement of the first three picks until the first intermission. If the Islanders are in that first group, twice, then there’s nothing more to see. (And if they get the 13th and 11th instead of the 12th and 10th, you’ll know an even longer-odds team won the lottery.)

But if the Islanders don’t have two picks in that first group, you know they’ve won a top-three pick. (Okay, I know this isn’t happening because nice things, but still...) See the potential scenarios here.

Islanders-ish Reading

  • Trent Klatt is excited about the Islanders picks, wherever they land: “I’m absolutely ecstatic with the position we’re in right now, with two firsts and two seconds. This is a pretty good draft. You never know how it’s going to play out.” [The Athletic]
  • Is Lou Lamoriello, father of the Islanders’ draft lottery representative, done in Toronto soon? “My focus right now is doing what my responsibilities are and allowing that to take its course.” [Sportnset]
  • Various AHL updates from Sound Tigers beat writer MIchael Fornabaio. [Soundin’ Off]
  • Jeff Tambellini lives as Trail Smoke Eaters coach and GM. [Trail]


  • Connor Hellebuyck made 47 saves in the Jets’ Game 1 win in Nashville. [NHL]
  • Evander Kane is suspended for Game 2 after his crosscheck in Game 1. [NHL]
  • The NHL reportedly told the Bruins that Brad Marchand licking opponents is not cool, though Marchand claims he heard nothing. [ESPN]
  • Meanwhile, the Bruins succeeded in the first round by relying on their top guys. [SCOC]
  • As an entertainment product, at least, the Maloofs knew hockey in Vegas would work. [NHL]
  • Nick “I took out Grant Fuhr’s knee on purpose” Kypreos suggested Mike Babcock lost Auston Matthews, but Babcock says there’s no issue there. [Puck Daddy]
  • Brian Burke is totally done in Calgary but it’s because everything has gone so perfectly and he just wants to hang with his daughters in Toronto. [Sportsnet | M&G]
  • Bob McKenzie has finalized his NHL draft rankings. [TSN]
  • Ron Hextall and Garth Snow were contemporaries (and teammates), and Hextall talks more (40 minutes!) than Snow but his post-season presser received similar suspicion. [BSH]
  • Brooksie on the Rangers (and also Islanders) having a chance to grab Rasmus Dahlin.
  • Taylor Hall, Anze Kopitar and Nathan MacKinnon are the finalists for the Hart Trophy as MVP. [NHL]
  • The Golden Knights are building a global fanbase, interacting on social media and sending t-shirts ‘round the world. [ESPN]
  • Auston Matthews, who apparently has been slowed ever since that collision with Cal Clutterbuck, won’t be going to the Worlds. [Sportsnet]