And that player was Mathew Barzal.
The Islanders saw the opportunity to grab what could be the steal of the draft after Boston passed on selecting him three consecutive times. When Snow realized Barzal was still there for the taking, he made the decision to trade defenseman Griffin Rienhart to Edmonton.
"We wouldn't have made the deal if [Barzal] wasn't there," Snow told the media after the draft.
The Seattle Thunderbird centerman was as surprised as anyone to hear his name called once the Islanders had the 16th overall selection. In fact the Islanders hadn't even spoken with him before Friday's opening round.
"At the start of the day if you told me I was going to be an Islander, I wouldn't have believed it," Barzal told reporters in Florida. "Giving up Griffin Reinhart, he's a big asset. For them to jump up and pick me like that, it shows they have interest in me. You want to go to a team that really appreciates your game. I'm so happy they jumped up and grabbed me."
Barzal was projected to be picked 10th overall, but his stock fell after suffering a knee injury during the Western Hockey League season. The injury occurred during a road trip while he was in the locker room. That may have contributed to Barzal being selected where he was, but there may have been another factor as well.
The British Columbia native rubbed some teams the wrong way during the interview process, according to Frank Servalli of TSN. Similarly to Joshua Ho-Sang, Barzal likes to ask questions and voice his opinion. For most teams, traits like that are not the most preferred.
However, the Islanders are a different story and if that is the case about Barzal then he will fit right in. The Islanders value character a lot, but they don't have an issue with players having a bit of a personality. This is the team who's general manager had a "drop the mic" type moment last season at the draft, so a little bravado and edge is nothing new for the Islanders.
What the Islanders have now is a prospect that will make them a strong team in the long run in Brooklyn. Barzal won't be NHL ready for another couple of years, but when he gets there he has the potential to be a very good player. He was able to recover strong after his knee injury sidelined him for part of the season and he had a very good under-18 World Junior Championships for Canada.
Barzal has good skating ability, he is playmaker -- recording 45 assists in 44 games for the Thunderbirds -- and he has strong hockey IQ.
The newest Islanders' prospect is excited about joining a team that will not only have a strong roster put together once he is NHL ready, but a team that has a roster that can make a run in the playoff now.
"If (the Islanders) get by that first round (in the NHL playoffs), you never know," Barzal said. "They could have been playing in the Finals. For them to already be a Stanley Cup team says what they've got in the system already."