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.
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