Toss out your mock draft.
The New York Islanders will not be selecting 4th later this month. Three conversations with sources close to the team (two officially on the NYI payroll, high up the food chain) and one who isnt officially with the team but interacts with them on the highest levels on a weekly if not daily basis have all pointed in the same direction. The initial conversation 3 weeks ago told me “a flashy move will be made to sell tickets. It has to be done.”
Vague as all hell, but it got the ball rolling.
Late late week a second source went on record as having a direct contact with a member of hockey ops saying the first round selection would be traded for a potential prominent player.
Still vague, but a third source confirmed to me today the vibe in the building is “they dont want another kid to help in 2 or 3 years, the pick will be dealt for a player to help win NOW.” Emphasis his.
Taking the sum of these sources at face value, Im going on the record:
The New York Islanders will deal the 4th Overall pick.