The New York Islanders and namely general manager Garth Snow took a pretty good beating from fans and media in the wake of the trade deadline. A lot of that has to do with the return for Thomas Vanek, who the team shipped to the Montreal Canadiens for prospect Sebastian Collberg and a second-round pick. Compounding the perceived sub-par return for the top trade chip on the market was the fact that the Isles gave up a conditional first-round pick in addition to Matt Moulson to acquire Vanek in October.

The Islanders did give themselves some flexibility in dealing the pick, which was originally listed as a 2014 first-rounder. The way it was drawn up, the Islanders would have the option to defer the 2014 pick that now belongs to Buffalo to the 2015 Draft in the event that pick fell within the top 10 of the first round. Lo and behold, it most definitely will now.

When the deal was made, it looked like the Islanders, despite notable deficiencies in a variety of positions had eyes on the postseason and at worst would have a mid-first-round pick in 2014, one that would be at least relatively easy to part with.

It's hard to say a first-round pick is easy to part with, but not all drafts are created equal. If we're holding up the 2014 class against the star-studded group of 2013 and the anticipated strong class in 2015, it's not the best year.

Though it will be a difficult decision, it's one the club has some time to make. According to CBC's Elliotte Friedman, the Islanders have until June 1 to make the decision about whether they keep the 2014 selection or defer to 2015.