The Islanders dealt their way into the first round Friday night, sending Griffin Reinhart to Edmonton for two draft picks, Nos. 16 and 33. They used 16 to take centerman Mathew Barzal, and 33 will be one of the first picks Saturday morning.
Got to admit I wasn’t as down on Reinhart as some others. He wasn’t ready, sure, but big, young defensemen rarely are. His skating will need some work. But he’ll forever be that “No. 4 pick” guy, and that was going to be hard to live up to.
On the other hand, that’s not a bad return for a defenseman who didn’t look can’t-miss. And in general, the Islanders dealt from strength, a deeper pool of defense prospects to add to a thinner group of forward prospects.
It has been a busy trade day, with Buffalo making a couple of moves and the Bruins dealing both Milan Lucic and Dougie Hamilton. That gave them three consecutive first-rounders. Jake DeBrusk, the Bruins’ second pick at 14, was 5 1/2 when his dad scored that overtime goal for Hamilton in Game 6 at Bridgeport. (And as Amalie Benjamin notes, Louie’s coach in Hamilton: Bruins coach Claude Julien.)
Edit, 10:10: They weren’t done, sending 33 to Tampa Bay with No. 72, which they picked up last year from Florida, for No. 28. They took centerman Anthony Beauvillier.
If nothing else happens, tomorrow, they have:
And if they see an overage forward they like along the way, I’m sure Bridgeport will thank them.
Meanwhile, San Diego has a coach, and it’s a familiar name:
|SD-a||Jarrod Skalde (4/21)||Dallas Eakins (6/26)|
|CHA||Jeff Daniels (4/30)||—|
|ROC||Chadd Cassidy (5/1)||—|
|SPR-p||Ray Edwards (5/17)||Ron Rolston (6/18)|
|TOR||Gord Dineen (5/19)||Sheldon Keefe (6/8)|
|WBS||John Hynes (NJ, 6/2)||Mike Sullivan (6/18)|
|GR||Jeff Blashill (DET, 6/9)||Todd Nelson (6/19)|
|LV||Terry Murray (BUF ass’t, 6/18)||—|
a-Former Norfolk Admirals, new San Diego Gulls. p-Former Portland Pirates; AZ affiliation moves to Springfield. To keep this manageable, other affiliation-swap coaches are assumed to move with the affiliation until we hear otherwise.