To say the stakes will be high on Long Island as the NHL Entry Draft commences on Friday night is putting it mildly. The first overall pick held by the New York Islanders is widely seen by its beleaguered fan base as a crucial step in restoring hope and confidence in a team that has been struggling through fits and starts and frustration for nearly 20 years.
Certainly times were simpler back when the Islanders entered the NHL and had their first draft pick. His name was
Taking Harris first overall in the draft was only the beginning under GM
So, if that initial decade knitted a dynasty, the Islanders' draft record since has been spotty at best.
The Islanders made some astute picks in the '90s, only to see those players go on to success in other locales.
What might have been became what's going on now as GM
Which brings us to current GM
Snow cannot consider that possibility, though. He must coolly decide which player makes the most sense for his embryonic Isles, a team that centers around 19-year old
Thus the speculation that Hedman at 6' 6" and in possession of potential that has drawn comparisons to
And then there is the matter of the draft's inherent unpredictability. Even in the Islanders' headiest days, Torrey's staff had lean yields, with 1975 first-rounder
No doubt, stakes rarely come much higher on draft day than they will for the Islanders this year.