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1st Overall Pick John Tavares throws out the first pitch at the Yankees/Mets game on Sunday at Citi Field.
Stan Fischler caught up with No. 1 pick overall John Tavares, No. 12 pick overall Calvin de Haan, Isles Owner Charles Wang and Isles GM Garth Snow on a busy Draft night for the Islanders.
I’ve posted the Tavares interview below & watch the other interviews here.
from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,
With only two days remaining before the Islanders make the first pick of the NHL draft in Montreal, excitement for the draft party planned by the club Friday night at the Coliseum is building as free ticket requests have climbed past 22,000. Team president Chris Dey said that’s a great indication of the vitality of Long Island as a hockey market, but there’s no mandate from the business side to general manager Garth Snow to draft fan favorite John Tavares ahead of Matt Duchene or Victor Hedman.
While the Islanders’ marketing department has worked hard to hype the draft party, Dey said, “It’s not like we put anybody’s name on it. We did what we normally do. We came up with a good idea to ticket the party. If we did it the way we normally do, which is just open the doors, we wouldn’t have had any idea what to expect.
“Fortunately for us, from a planning perspective, we decided to ticket it. Now, we know. It’s exciting. When you work hard every day, you hope you can get this kind of excitement and momentum behind what you’re doing. It’s a great time for us.”
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The New York Islanders know who they’ll take with the first overall pick in the 2009 NHL draft. But the rest of the world won’t find out until GM Garth Snow steps up to the podium Friday night in Montreal.
“That’s right,” Snow told ESPN.com on Monday.
Let’s give the Islanders credit. They’ve actually created some intrigue with their refusal to let us know their intentions. Most years, we head to the draft and it’s clear who’s going to go first. This is refreshing. We’re actually going to have to pay attention Friday night!
“Whether it’s fans or people in the media, it’s been a great topic for debate,” said Snow.
via Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,
“Boy, that’s a tough one,” said Weir, who counts former playmaking center Adam Oates among his friends and who has skated with the Washington Capitals in the past. “All I can go by is I watched quite a bit of the World Junior this year, and Tavares looked unbelievable. So, I’d have a tough time picking against him. I think any of those three…it depends on what the team’s needs are. I don’t know what the Islanders really need.”
Told they are the lowest-scoring team in the NHL, Weir said, “Well, I think Tavares would probably be a good pick.”
from the Southwest Booster,
Dean Chynoweth just completed a press conference where he resigned as Head Coach and General Manager of the Swift Current Broncos to assume an assistant coaching position with the National Hockey League’s New York Islanders.
Chynoweth had one season remaining on his contract after the Broncos’ Board of Directors exercised a club option for the 2009-10 season following the Broncos’ elimination from the Western Hockey League playoffs.
from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat at Newsday,
I don’t think the Islanders are putting up a smokescreen. I believe their interest in Brampton center Matt Duchene is real. At the beginning of the season, I think he was considered a cut below the top two. But as the season progressed and Duchene combined with Cody Hodgson, last year’s No. 10 pick, to lead Brampton to the Ontario Hockey League finals before losing to Windsor, I sensed the stealth pick might be making a run up a lot of draft boards.
Suddenly, Duchene’s comparables became “Steve Yzerman” and “Joe Sakic.” While the critiques of Tavares focus on his one-dimensional play and less than stellar skating ability, Duchene now is portrayed as the “most complete” player in the draft….
My gut feeling is that the Islanders will pick Matt Duchene and worry about the fallout from the fans later.
Newsday has an AP story stating John Tonelli smashed his Lexus, left it abandoned and was arrested at his home two hours later.
Tonelli refused comment on the charges.
from Jeff Gordon of the Hockey Guy at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Computer magnate Charles Wang told Newsday he regrets buying the New York Islanders nine years ago. Given his costly failure at the helm of the franchise, Hockey Guy can understand that sentiment.
But it wasn’t a bad buy. It was a potentially good buy that went terribly wrong, due to Wang’s naive and/or inept management.
Why did he let Mike Milbury run the franchise into the ground? Appointing the team’s back-up goaltender, Garth Snow, as the latest general manager was equally egregious.
Hockey Guy postures as if he could run a franchise better than the men actually in charge. In the case of the Islanders, though, this presumption is legitimate.
There might be 50,000 people – Hockey Guy included – who are better qualified to run that team than Wang, Milbury, Snow, et al.
continued & more hockey topics too…
That John Tavares to the Toronto Maple Leafs story may have legs after all.
Pierre LeBrun of Hockey Night in Canada says the New York Islanders may be leaning toward choosing Swedish defenceman Victor Hedman with the first pick in the NHL amateur draft in Montreal on June 26-27.
If that happened, LeBrun said on Saturday night’s Hot Stove segment, the Tampa Bay Lightning, holders of the second pick, might be interested in either trading their choice outright or choosing Tavares and then flipping the London Knights’ star.
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