Under new GM Lou Lamoriello, the Islanders’ 2018 draft had a distinctly college feel to it, with half of their eight picks being NCAA commits and another (Bode Wilde) decommitting the week before the draft. Top selection Oliver Wahlstrom left Boston College after one season to sign with New York. Lamoriello, of course, got his career started at Providence College in 1968.
IMMEDIATE NEEDS: The Isles are in good shape now, but they could use another high-end sniper. Anders Lee couldn’t match his 40-goal output from 2017-18, and no one else hit 30 goals. Mathew Barzal is an elite playmaker who can mint a winger with a lot of tallies, but who is that winger? Lee is one, but someone else needs to emerge, too.
LONG-TERM NEEDS: Much of the Islanders’ core is nearing 30 or has already surpassed ...
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Ryan Kennedy is the associate senior writer and draft/prospect expert at The Hockey News. He has been with the publication since 2005 and in that span, Don Cherry, Lil Jon and The Rock have all called his house. He lives in Toronto with his wife and kids where he listens to loud music and collects NCAA pennants.