Lou Lamoriello’s first NHL Draft last June as Islanders president and general manager was judged to have gone exceedingly well with two first-round selections, four in the top 43, five in the first 72 and eight overall. The development of these prospects will serve as the ultimate evaluation.
He goes into his second draft with the Islanders with considerably less flexibility.
The NHL Draft begins Friday night with the first round at Rogers Arena and the Islanders have the 23rd pick after selecting forward Oliver Wahlstrom 11th last year and defenseman Noah Dobson 12th. Rounds two through seven are on Saturday and the Islanders do not own picks in the third or fourth rounds.
But that’s not to suggest Lamoriello will not be busy, this weekend or over the next few weeks. He’ll look to bolster the Islanders via the trade market and free agency — or look not to lose some of his impending unrestricted free agents — after their 23-point improvement in the standings last season.