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Islanders Trade First-Round Draft Pick To Chicago, Get Three Back In Return

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It’s become somewhat of a running joke that New York Islanders president/general manager Lou Lamoriello has become too willing to make trades involving the team’s first-round draft choices in recent years.

In all likelihood, Lamoriello doesn’t find the quips particularly funny and doesn’t seem to pay mind to them either, by evidence of his latest draft pick deal.

Per an announcement by the team on Friday afternoon, the Islanders made a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks, sending a first-round pick (18th overall) in next month’s NHL Entry Draft to Chicago along with a second-round pick (50th) in exchange for a first-round pick (20th) and two second-round picks (54th and 61st).

Following the trade, the Islanders gain an extra pick in the upcoming draft and now own a total of six picks, with one in the first round, two in the second, as well as one in the fourth, fifth and sixth rounds.

The 20th overall selection, which the Islanders acquired from the Blackhawks, belongs to the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Blackhawks received the pick from the Lightning as part of a deal in 2022 that sent forward Brandon Hagel to Tampa Bay.

Still very much in a win-now mindset, this is the fifth season in a row that Lamoriello has traded the Islanders’ first-round draft choice. In the four previous instances, the Islanders acquired the likes of Bo Horvat, Alexander Romanov, Kyle Palmieri and Jean-Gabriel Pageau, all of which Lamoriello quickly signed to contract extensions and remain fixtures on the roster today.

Although the Islanders didn’t receive a player back in this particular deal, the added draft capital supplies Lamoriello the assets to make another move, with the draft just over a month away.

The 2024 NHL Entry Draft will emanate from The Sphere in Las Vegas, beginning with the first round on Friday, June 28, followed by rounds two through seven on Saturday, June 29.

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