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NHL Draft 2013: New York Islanders Draft Preview

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This post was contributed to by Christopher Triantafilis, editor of FanSided’s very own New York Islanders blog, Eyes on Isles. For more Islanders news and rumors, be sure to check out

The New York Islanders find themselves in an unfamiliar situation, but refreshing situation at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. For the first time since 2007, Long Island’s hockey team will begin the draft without a lottery pick, selecting 15th-overall on June 30th at the Prudential Center.

Garth Snow holds all of his cards very close to his vest, so there’s no telling what he’s going to do on draft day. Last summer, Garth drafted all defensemen with his seven draft choices, and was rumored to have offered his entire draft to Columbus to move up and select Ryan Murray second-overall. On draft day in 2009 and 2010, Garth Snow made moves to add a second first-round selection in the draft, and in 2008, Garth Snow traded back several times from the 5th-overall slot to select Josh Bailey, while adding other mid-to-late round draft picks to their draft.

Evidently, there’s no telling what the Islanders will do on draft day, although it should be noted that the Islanders, at #15, should get a very talented prospect in a very solid draft.

With the 15th-overall pick, I have the New York Islanders selecting Valentin Zkykov, LW, out of Baie-Comeau of the QMJHL. The rookie junior scored the most goals (40) among rookies during the 2012-13 season, and is considered to be, arguably, the most dangerous player around the net in the QMJHL.

If available, other players to watch are Max Domi (London Knights), Ryan Pulock (Brandon Wheat Kings) and Alexander Wennberg (Djugarden).

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