Islanders willing to trade 5th overall pick in 2014 draft

May 23, 5:11 PM

After deciding to transfer the team's first-round pick in 2015 to the Buffalo Sabres to complete the Thomas Vanek trade, New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow said the organization would not be adverse to trading the fifth overall pick at next month's draft.

"We’re open to any deal that might make the team better," Snow said, as per the New York Post. "If that’s trading the pick for a player, standing pat and picking a quality player at No. 5, or trading it to move up or down, we’re open.”

A major factor in the decision to defer the pick to be sent to Buffalo was an expected improvement as early as next season; if the Islanders can flip the 2014 pick for assets that can help them immediately, it could certainly help to ease the sting of giving up a first-round pick in the failed Vanek experiment.

Jun 22, 11:34 AM

Islanders looking to trade 5th overall pick, will not part with Griffin Reinhart

Jun 22, 11:34 AM

New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow reiterated his willingness to deal the fifth overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, telling Arthur Staple of Newsday, "We're open to trading the pick for someone we think can come in and help us right away."

At the same time, Snow debunked the notion that top defensive prospect Griffin Reinhart is on the market; as per Staple, "Snow called Reinhart last week to assure the 20-year-old defenseman that the Islanders will not be trading him, despite some hopeful rumors out of Edmonton."

The Oilers - likely to miss out on Aaron Ekblad in the Draft - were reportedly attempting to deal for the 2012 fourth overall pick, keeping him in the city where he played junior as a member of the WHL's Oil Kings.

The Islanders' main focus is believed to be flipping the fifth overall pick to acquire either a top-pair defenseman or a top-line left wing to play alongside John Tavares and Kyle Okposo.

Feature photo courtesy of REUTERS/Andrew Kelly