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2019 NHL Entry Draft: Preview, start time, TV schedule, and how to watch

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The Islanders enter the evening with the 23rd overall pick.

2019 NHL Draft - Top Prospects Clinic
Within the next 10 years one of these kids will be hoisting the Stanley Cup, probably
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Thanks to a surprisingly promising season where they finished with the fifth-best record in the NHL but a second-round playoff exit, the New York Islanders enter the 2019 NHL Entry Draft in Vancouver with the 23rd overall pick.

Unlike last summer — when they came home with very promising blueline prospects Noah Dobson and Bode Wilde and sniper Oliver Wahlstrom despite a management overhaul just before the draft — for this year’s draft, Lou Lamoriello and the staff have had a full year to prepare.

What will they do with their picks? Here’s what they have entering Friday night’s first round:

  • 1st round: (23rd)
  • 2nd round (57th, from the Hamonic deal, where the Islanders send Calgary this year’s 4th-rounder)
  • 3rd round: none (Brandon Davidson trade with Edmonton)
  • 4th round: none (Travic Hamonic trade with Calgary)
  • 5th round: (147th)
  • 6th round: (178th)
  • 7th round: (209th)

Here’s a nice tool from Silver Seven that aggregate’s 60 rankings of the top 155 projected picks.

For what it’s worth, the nhl.com mock draft has center Philip Tamasino to the Isles. In the SB Nation mock draft, we selected Ryan Suzuki, who likely will be gone by #23 in real life.

Unfortunately, the Islanders’ Metro division rival Devils and Rangers have the first two picks, where they’ll surely take Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko, probably in that order.

As if this isn’t enough on their plates, this weekend the Islanders also have hanging over their heads the still unsigned status of key free agents Anders Lee, their captain, and Robin Lehner, their Vezina finalists and number-one goaltender.

How to Watch

We’ll have posts on each Islanders pick here, but consider this post your on-going first-round chat thread.

Round 1: Friday, June 21, 8 p.m. ET (NBCSN, SN, TVAS) (U.S. live stream: NBC Sports)

Rounds 2-7: Saturday, June 22, 1 p.m. ET (NHL Network, SN) (U.S. live stream: NBC Sports)

Here’s the full order of Friday night’s first round:

  1. New Jersey Devils (lottery winners)
  2. New York Rangers (lottery beneficiaries)
  3. Chicago Blackhawks
  4. Colorado Avalanche (from Senators via Matt Duchene trade)
  5. Los Angeles Kings
  6. Detroit Red Wings
  7. Buffalo Sabres
  8. Edmonton Oilers
  9. Anaheim Ducks
  10. Vancouver Canucks
  11. Philadelphia Flyers
  12. Minnesota Wild
  13. Florida Panthers
  14. Arizona Coyotes
  15. Montreal Canadiens
  16. Colorado Avalanche
  17. Las Vegas Golden Knights
  18. Dallas Stars
  19. Ottawa Senators (from Blue Jackets via Duchene trade #2)
  20. Winnipeg Jets (from Rangers)
  21. Pittsburgh Penguins
  22. Los Angeles Kings (from Maple Leafs)
  23. New York Islanders
  24. Nashville Predators
  25. Washington Capitals
  26. Calgary Flames
  27. Tampa Bay Lightning
  28. Carolina Hurricanes
  29. Anaheim Ducks (from Sharks via Sabres)
  30. Boston Bruins
  31. Buffalo Sabres (from Blues via Ryan O’Reilly trade)