Scouting service: Hedman No. 1, Tavares No. 3

There are 14 comments on the Apr 20, 2009, Newsday story titled Scouting service: Hedman No. 1, Tavares No. 3. In it, Newsday reports that:

Islanders owner Charles Wang and general manager Garth Snow traveled to London, Ontario last night to scout potential No.

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Ace Of Spades

Las Vegas, NV

#129 Apr 24, 2009
Also duchene's stats for this season were 31 goals and 48 assists 79 points with a +/- of +32 in 57 games. And I am sure we all know how the career of raffi torres has turned out. Didn't the isles draft him 5th overall back in 2000. He was supposed to be a 2nd line type player put up 25-30 goals a year and solid overall numbers. And is now a 3rd and 4th line player for columbus. He's basically a bust. So duchene is the 2nd coming of raffi torres in my eyes esxcept torres is about an inch taller and weighs almost 30 pounds more then duchene. If the isles are smart(which I hope to god they are) they ignore what redline is saying since they are obviously squating on toronto's d***. Draft Tavares for the love of god.
Daryn

Inuvik, Canada

#130 Apr 24, 2009
Rob wrote:
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... and I've been a fan for about 34 years. All of the poor management has been listed on here time and time again and you're right... but it was all Milbury. I think it would be stupid for Snow to trade this pick though I liked the trade down last year - it was a necessary evil if you were paying attention to the depth of the organization.
I can perfectly understand why you might prefer Tavares over Hedman and I respectfully disagree but I think a statement like "if they don't draft Tavares I'm done" is just stupid. That is what I was taking issue with. Many of those who echo that sentiment are commenting on articles for the first time all year. That suggests that people weren't paying attention until they heard we (the Isles) had a chance at a phenom. If this isn't true of you then I apologize but I still think the statement is stupid. What will you do if they draft Hedman and manage to build a cup winner in a few years? Never watch them again? Come on.
I think that it should be noted that Neil Smith had to fight like hell for the Islanders to draft Okposo over the objections of Snow. I have no faith in Snow.
Lucky

Long Valley, NJ

#131 Apr 24, 2009
Gary Buttman wrote:
This is further proof that the Islanders should:
1. draft a goalie
or
2. trade down a few spots and get more picks
You are suggesting disaster! The draft is intended to aid the sick with the one in the worst shape to be taken care of first. This year the Isles are blessed with the opportunity of grabbing a potentially great player. Trading potentially quality great for quantity good is not the way to go in a rebuild situation. Rome wasn't built in a day. This Organization is in dire need of a cornerstone not a bunch of supporting bricks. Some are probably already in place. Tavares has been projected a cornerstone type for the past 4 years. A 4 game playoff series shouldn't become a fatal distraction.
Lucky

Long Valley, NJ

#132 Apr 24, 2009
Daryn wrote:
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I think that it should be noted that Neil Smith had to fight like hell for the Islanders to draft Okposo over the objections of Snow. I have no faith in Snow.
What are you talking about? Neil Smith was the GM at the time and Snow was still officially DP'S backup. The latter had absolutely no input or say in the matter,nor was it any of his business. It wasn't until Smith was abruptly dismissed that Snow suddenly announced his retirement and was hired as GM by Wang. Get your facts straight before versing an opinion.
There for all four

Brooklyn, NY

#133 Apr 24, 2009
Rob wrote:
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Wow. Get a grip. Coffey, Bourque, and Leetch were absolutely not better. Orr was. Lidstrom is arguable. Lidstrom and Potvin are actually extemely similar players.
Coffey and Leetch don't even belong on that list as they are far and away inferior to all of the others.
Bourque was great but he is behind Orr, Potvin, and Lidstrom.
Great reply. I've seen them all and you got it perfect. Orr was not only the greatest defenseman but the best player in history. He led the league in scoring as a defenseman and defensively was in a class by himself.
Potvin was next but not close to Orr. I also agree with Lidstrom. The only other defenseman I could include on this was Brad Park who like the others totally controlled the game when he was on the ice.

None of the others listed belong in the same group although Bourque might be close.
There for all four

Brooklyn, NY

#134 Apr 24, 2009
Mike wrote:
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Lets talk Norris Trophies-
Bobby Orr- 8
Doug Harvey- 7
Lidstrom- 6 ( and still playing)
Ray Bourque- 5
Coffey-3
Chelios- 3
Potvin- 3
Denis was good, but nowhere near the greatest ever-
You can't judge players by Norris trophies. For years the Norris went to the highest scoring defenseman not the best overall defenseman. Rob has it right.

Orr by far, the best overall defenseman.

Harvey the best pure defenseman I ever saw play. Unfortunately he had no offensive game.

Coffey a great offensive defensemen. Unfortunately he was invariably caught up ice and rarely played defense.

Potvin was the closest to Orr and then Lidstrom, Bourque and Park. How many of you saw Orr and Park play together after Park was traded to the Bruins by the Rangers. Then Orr destroyed his knee and Park took control of the game.
Rob

New Eagle, PA

#135 Apr 27, 2009
So... small victories but Pittsburgh helped us out by winning its series. That draft pick became the best it could be at a third rounder.

Let's hope that Anaheim also does us a favor and wins the series for us tonight... moving that San Jose first rounder up about 8 places or so.
Jay

Columbus, OH

#136 Apr 27, 2009
That would be the icing on the cake for this year's draft. Especially in the 1st round!
Rob wrote:
So... small victories but Pittsburgh helped us out by winning its series. That draft pick became the best it could be at a third rounder.
Let's hope that Anaheim also does us a favor and wins the series for us tonight... moving that San Jose first rounder up about 8 places or so.
Rob

New Eagle, PA

#137 Apr 27, 2009
Thank you, Anaheim/San Jose.
goisles

Thousand Oaks, CA

#138 Apr 29, 2009
What's this Tavares love fest all about? The guy peaked when he was 16, and has not improved his game since. He's not going to be much more than a power play specialist in the NHL for at least a few years, and he is not a good fit for Gordon's "overspeed" system. Hedman is a beast on skates both offensively and defensively and would be the same type of cornerstone for the team that Potvin was. Draft Hedman, Garth, you can't go wrong with him!
The Hump

Canada

#139 May 2, 2009
Whoever the Isles do end up picking, it will be the dud player of all the lot. Either that, or they'll trade the pick away for a bag of pucks.
bhockey47

East Setauket, NY

#140 May 7, 2009
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Mike

Brooklyn, NY

#141 May 12, 2009
the Islanders should draft the best player available in the draft and if that player does not appease the fans so be it.
Mike

Brooklyn, NY

#142 May 13, 2009
bhockey47 wrote:
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