The New York Islanders and Edmonton Oilers combined for an eyebrow-raiser during the 2015 NHL Draft.
The Oilers sent the 16th and 33rd picks in 2015 to the Islanders for defenseman Griffin Reinhart. GM Garth Snow & Co. already cashed in that 16th pick, nabbing Mathew Barzal.
Barzal could be an interesting upside guy for the Islanders, as the playmaker’s stock dropped a bit thanks in part to a knee injury. Read more about the prospect here.
(We’ll wait until Saturday to see what comes of that 33rd pick.)
Edmonton should be familiar with Reinhart, as he won a Memorial Cup with the Edmonton Oil Kings. The 21-year-old’s name has been connected to interesting draft-day stories already, as the Columbus Blue Jackets memorably turned down a boatload of Islanders picks and took Ryan Murray in 2012, forcing New York to settle for Reinhart.
At least, it certainly seems like they settled considering this move.
The Oilers’ side is obvious, too: they add another young player and try to improve a shaky blueline in this bold swap.