NHL DRAFT PREVIEW — Isles Have an Extra Pick Thanks to James Wisniewski Trade (EDIT: NOPE)

The Islanders don’t hold an extra fourth round pick; explanation here.


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Kevin Schultz

The NHL has yet to announce the official draft order for the 2013 Draft on Sunday, but the Islanders  should have seven picks spread out over the seven rounds of the draft. They won’t have a second round pick this year, having traded it to Anaheim last year for Lubomir Visnovsky. But the Islanders will have two picks in the fourth round, one of their own and one thanks to the James Wisniewski trade. I bet you didn’t think we would have a reason to mention him again.

Wisniewski spent only three eventful months on the Island in the fall of 2010, which included a lewd gesture, 21 points, a -18 rating, and the team falling into a tailspin that cost Scott Gordon his job.

Just after Christmas in 2010, the Islanders traded Wisniewski to the Canadiens for a second round pick in 2011 (Johan Sundstrom) and a conditional pick. The condition was that if the Canadiens made the playoffs in 2011 (they did) and Wisniewksi played in at least half their playoff games (he did) the Islanders would get a fourth round pick in 2013. Wisniewski would finish out the season with Montreal and sign a six-year deal in Columbus.