The New York Islanders announced they will be keeping the 2014 first round (5th overall) pick. That means the Buffalo Sabres will receive the Islanders first round pick in 2015 to complete the Thomas Vanek deal.
My take: Well, looks like I’ll be doing a longer Islanders Draft Preview this year! The Islanders can go multiple routes with this pick. If they do decide to draft this year, it will be the best player available and probably a forward position that they need. They could package the pick in a trade, but we’ll get to that later.