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NHL Draft: Islanders finally select Alexander Ljungkrantz 90th overall

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Lou Lamoriello goes off the board (way, way off the board) with the Isles’ first pick of the draft in the third round.

2018 NHL Draft - Round One
What’s Lou up to?
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After about three and a half hours, the New York Islanders finally selected winger Alexander Ljungkrantz out of Brynas IF in Sweden. Ljungkrantz seems like a reach in the third round, with one of the few scouting reports on him projecting that he’d be a decent pickup in one of the later rounds of the draft.

Ljungkrantz scored 27 points (15 goals, 12 assists) in 42 games for Brynas’s U20 team, and scored one SHL goal in 3 games last season (stats via EliteProspects).

Here are some other thoughts on Ljungkrantz:

The consensus seems to be that he’s a gritty, bottom six type player who plays the kind of game that’s fun to root for but he’s never going to be lighting it up offensively. Not sure that it made sense to pick him up this early, especially when the Isles could really use higher end talent in the prospect pool, and could use centers rather than wingers. In the Smaht Scouting report on Ljungkrantz, he was compared to Jesper Fast, certainly a solid player, but Ljungkrantz isn’t expected to have that kind of offensive output.

Ljungkrantz does seem like he’d be a good fit for a future on the Isles’ fourth line, so maybe that’s the plan there. If you can get a player in the third round, you’re doing pretty well, but I’m not sure if this move was maybe just a little too off the board. We’ll find out in a few years!