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New York Islanders Keeping 2014 Draft Pick

It would make sense – go with the known right Garth Snow?  The New York Islanders are reportedly preparing to use the 5th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry draft – but nothing official has come out.

So where are reports coming from.  Elliotte Friedman wrote this in his 30 Thoughts:

9. Long Island News 12 producer Rob Del Muro with a good tip: Islanders GM Garth Snow attended a season-ticket holder event last week and told one fan, “It would be a safe wager on his part that we would utilize this year’s (first-round draft) pick.” The team has until June 1 to let the Buffalo Sabres know about the selection. If not, Buffalo gets New York’s 2015 first-rounder. The GM added the fan “could wager any amount of money because it wasn’t MY money.” Good line.

So Garth Snow says its a safe bet that the team would use this year’s pick and go with the known.  Unfortunately for Garth Snow – you don’t know where your team will end up next year, and the draft class should be better next year according to all reports.

I for one, hope one of two things happens, only to see Garth Snow falter even more.  (It’s nothing personal New York Islanders fans – it’s a Garth Snow thing).

1 – You give up this year’s pick even after these stories come out about you making the safe bet that you use the pick, only to have your team do well enough next year to not be picking in the top half of the draft.  (ok – unlikely, it is the New York Islanders we are talking about).

2 – Keep this year’s pick, and give next year’s first round draft pick.  You tell your fans go with the known.  We know what this pick will bring the New York Islanders.  We don’t know about next year.  Well I sure hope you do your greatest Mike Milbury impression and give us next year’s pick, and then have it turn out to be the draft lottery winning pick.

Of course that last point wouldn’t happen because the league would never let the Buffalo Sabres draft top overall.  Spun the right way though – next year’s New York Islanders pick is likely going to bring about a better player than this years.  Or at least, I can hope that so long as they are giving up the pick.

Of course, the New York Islanders and Buffalo Sabres are looking at draft pick discussions as the hottest topics in April, and Thomas Vanek is preparing for the second round of the playoffs.

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  • Kevin

    You know what the whole funny part of the thing between a pick this year or next is? We don’t know if either will pan out. How many of the leagues stars have come from later rounds? Sure the odds are better with a higher 1st rounder however, it’s all comes down to picking a player that will fit in your system. The Red Wings are the best model. I hope we get to pick next year because I believe the Islanders are not going to be any better if not worse than this year.

    • psu3700

      As long as the Islanders improve their play at the goalie position, they will do better next season. That alone will get them some more wins/points. The Islanders led the league in games won from down 2 or more goals. Unfortunately, they also led the league in blown 2 goal leads entering the 3rd period. With a better goalie, less injuries, and the valuable experience gained by their young squad, they really should have a better season.

      • Andrew

        that would assume they have the same squad going into 2015 they had this year. they got rid of their best d man in McDonald and have an even larger hole there now than they did at the beginning of the season. im not an islanders fan so i never watch them play but looking at +/- and pts they have 2 viable D that can pose for NHL D men (including 3rd pairing) but the other 4 are probably rookies and AHL fill ins. ask ryan miller how he did with an awful D last season. does not matter what goalie you slot in there if the D isn’t up to par the wins wont come.

        • psu3700

          The Islanders still have holes in their defense but I can assure you that Andrew MacDonald was definitely not the best D man for the Isles at any point in his career. That honor belongs to Travis Hamonic.

          • Andrew

            well regardless of who you believe is their best D man they still do not have 4 other NHL D men to play the other 2/3 of the game. so even if hamonic is good it will not be enough to stop the pucks from flying into the net.

          • psu3700

            1. Well it’s not just what I believe, it’s what almost all Islanders fans will tell you. You would be very hard pressed to find anyone who misses Andrew MacDonald. Losing Mark Streit in the off-season, now that was a far bigger loss.

            2. We agree that the Islanders defense still needs help and more than just 1 guy.

            3. Where we still probably differ is the effect of losing Andrew MacDonald. I think it’s a big plus for the Isles and a bad contract extension-signing by the Flyers. Time will tell. We (the Isles) have a guy named Calvin De Haan who is noticeably better offensively than Andrew MacDonald (stickhanding, rushing the puck, passing). MacDonald isn’t as sharp offensively as his numbers with the Isles would indicate. His numbers, PP and Even Strength, and blocked shots are largely a product of all the ice time he got and situational ice time. As someone who watches and attends Isles games regularly for years, it’s more like Good Riddance AMac! (we could have used Mark Streit this year though).

          • Andrew

            you’re more concerned about a 36 y/o D man on his last leg than one who is in the prime of his career (27 y/o)? i mean money is def a concern here and no one wants to pay someone who isn’t worth the contact *cough* leino *cough* but do you really think streit could have helped the isles in the long run? if you were hoping the isles would continue their 2013 performance and make the playoffs again i can see how you’d want him back but from how the team performed this year an aging D man would not help you down the road. young mobile, puck moving Dman are extremely valuable and you just let a decent one slip through your fingers. not saying he is that good or as good as his numbers look (as you stated) but i think he filled a role you needed and no longer have someone to fill his shoes…or skates

          • psu3700

            It is obvious like you said that you haven’t watched many Islanders games. Andrew MacDonald is not a good puck moving D man. Streit always was and always will be the better player. He would have helped this year much more than MacDonald.

          • Andrew

            again you are not getting the point. streit is 36 with not many years left. McD has at least 5 probably much more. so by keeping the aging D man i doubt it helps you that much in the long run (except for the one year or so he would have played). you still have two positions to fill and you got no body signed or traded for.

  • Dano

    Draft dreaming.. Gotta love it and laugh about it.

    As Kevin stated, its grabbing the player that will work for you, not how many picks you have. Development systems, Coaching and motivating players goes a long way!

    • Tim Redinger

      Draft dreaming can be good – if your selecting high enough.