- The Islanders now have the 11th and 12 picks in this year’s draft. So much for Rasmus Dahlin. [LHH]
- What can they do with those back-to-back picks? A hospital-ridden Arthur Staple answers at The Athletic. (feel better, Art)
- Josh Bailey will go from playing with John Tavares to playing with Connor McDavid at Worlds. Not bad. [TSN]
- Garth Snow leads Mike Vaccaro’s list of New York sportsfolk that have seemingly gotten a free pass from some of the most demanding fans out there. (Is it a “free pass” or is it just being completely ignored by most of humanity? I’d go with the latter).
- The Railers were a hit in their inaugural season, which is a good sign for success. [Telegram]
- Michael Fornabaio collects AHL playoff happenings and other stuff. [Soundin’ Off]
- So who made out good at the lottery? The Sabres will pick first, Carolina bumped the Islanders down, moving from 11th to second and the Habs will go third. Everyone in the East. Great. [NHL.com]
- That’s kind of a huge deal for the Hurricanes. [Canes Country]
- Remember the Matt Duchene trade? Sure you do. The Senators will keep their first rounder this year and hand over their 2019 pick to the Avalanche to complete the deal. [MHH]
- Brooksie says the Rangers might look to trade up using their ninth overall pick.
- The Canucks wanted to send their mascot Fin to sit among the suits at the Lottery last night but the NHL nixed the idea because it hates fun. [Puck Daddy]
Around the Hockey World
- The Sharks evened their series with Vegas thanks to a double OT win that almost ended in the first OT if not for a called back goal. A lot to unpack here. [FTF]
- And Bruins opened up a can of whoop-ass on the Lightning, with Tuukka Rask throwing skate blades around and everything. [SBN | SCoC]
- Great Britain beat Hungary to win the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I Group A and will be promoted to the next level. I’m not sure what that means but it sounds very exciting. [IIHF.com]