Islanders' Snow mum about his No. 1 d...

Islanders' Snow mum about his No. 1 draft pick

There are 83 comments on the Newsday story from Jun 2, 2009, titled Islanders' Snow mum about his No. 1 draft pick. In it, Newsday reports that:

The NHL combine is over; the Islanders have hosted visits by the top three draft prospects, John Tavares, Victor Hedman and Matt Duchene, and general manager Garth Snow said he's got a pretty good idea of what he plans to do with the No.

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Jay

Honolulu, HI

#1 Jun 3, 2009
Draft John Tavares! The Islander's lack goal scoring and a goal scoring sniper also helps to put fans in the stands.
Coz

Fairfax, VA

#2 Jun 3, 2009
I say draft Duchene; it would be nice to have a forward who can score and kill off penalties. A two way player is always an plus in my book. Tavares is a natural scorer and will be an asset but he's not a two way player. He is young and may learn to be a more of a complete player. One thing is the system which is in place by coach Gordon will benefit from a two way player then just a goal scorer. Either way it will be an exciting draft day. Its a win win situation if the Isles take either one. I think the franchise is finally heading in the right direction.

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protect yourself from Liberals

#3 Jun 3, 2009
my pick is Tavares; he's big, strong and can carry boxes into the van for the move to KC
Effigy of the Forgotten

Plainview, NY

#4 Jun 3, 2009
Not that it matters, but is Evander Kane black and Patrick Kane white ?
snowjob

West Nyack, NY

#5 Jun 3, 2009
if your not trading down why not end all the fans frustration and give people something to be happy about by saying your drafting Tavares.
eastonhockey22

Goldens Bridge, NY

#6 Jun 3, 2009
I don't agree with Snows comment that anything they do "will be to get a stanly cup to Long Island" Forget about the cup. Draft Tavares and give the fans someone interesting to watch. No point in being concerned about the cup for many reasons.#1- expansion ruined the odds of any team winning the cup. The statistical odds of winning a cup in the next 30 years are 1/30 and thats before you take poor management, lower payroll into account which brings the Islanders odds more into the 1/100 territory.
#2-- The player taken first overall will leave as a free agent as soon as possible. No point in taking Hedmen. You think any great player will sign there life away the way rick dipietro did? Every player in hockey is aware Dipietro can never be on a team that competes for the cup even if he is healthy. No quality player will sign a long term contract with the montreal expos of hockey. Low payroll, lowest paid coaches, Gm's who are unqualified. No playoff success since cell phones were invented.
skating on sand

Henderson, NV

#7 Jun 3, 2009
Can Tavares set up other players? Is he a passer or a puck hog? Someone has to get him the puck, do the Isles have anybody that can do that? Other than Okposo and maybe 2 or 3 other players this team is lacking in play makers (among a lot of other things). Go Hedman. A good offense always starts in the defensive zone. Who was the Isles leading scorer..Streit. BINGO!
Gov Patterson

Howell, NJ

#8 Jun 3, 2009
eastonhockey22 wrote:
I don't agree with Snows comment that anything they do "will be to get a stanly cup to Long Island" Forget about the cup. Draft Tavares and give the fans someone interesting to watch. No point in being concerned about the cup for many reasons.#1- expansion ruined the odds of any team winning the cup. The statistical odds of winning a cup in the next 30 years are 1/30 and thats before you take poor management, lower payroll into account which brings the Islanders odds more into the 1/100 territory.
#2-- The player taken first overall will leave as a free agent as soon as possible. No point in taking Hedmen. You think any great player will sign there life away the way rick dipietro did? Every player in hockey is aware Dipietro can never be on a team that competes for the cup even if he is healthy. No quality player will sign a long term contract with the montreal expos of hockey. Low payroll, lowest paid coaches, Gm's who are unqualified. No playoff success since cell phones were invented.
Dumbest post Ive read....
Tavares

Mission, KS

#9 Jun 3, 2009
I Agree with EastonHockey22, i could have not said it better!Dead On!
Tavares

Mission, KS

#10 Jun 3, 2009
Gov Patterson is as Blind as you!
Matt

Piermont, NY

#11 Jun 3, 2009
Coz wrote:
I say draft Duchene; it would be nice to have a forward who can score and kill off penalties. A two way player is always an plus in my book. Tavares is a natural scorer and will be an asset but he's not a two way player. He is young and may learn to be a more of a complete player. One thing is the system which is in place by coach Gordon will benefit from a two way player then just a goal scorer. Either way it will be an exciting draft day. Its a win win situation if the Isles take either one. I think the franchise is finally heading in the right direction.
We have enough "two way" players. We have enough 2nd, third, and fourth line players. Our "first line" players would maybe sniff a second line on another team. If Scott Gordon's system does not have room to include a potential 40-50 goal scorer than Gordon must go. Really, think about what you are saying. Passing up on someone who many scouts are calling the next Hull and some have even called a "poor mans Bossy" because a couple of blow holes in Toronto and the Redline report (what a joke) say he can't skate and his defensive game is bad. I have watched JT play. He is not that bad a skater and WILL get better. His defensive game has done nothing but improve since bewing traded to the Knights. He is 18 and will learn Gordon's system like any other player if Gordon is still here after next year(Ihope not).If we picked Duschene the Islander tradition of being the laughingstock of the league would continue for many, may years.
Matt

Piermont, NY

#12 Jun 3, 2009
skating on sand wrote:
Can Tavares set up other players? Is he a passer or a puck hog? Someone has to get him the puck, do the Isles have anybody that can do that? Other than Okposo and maybe 2 or 3 other players this team is lacking in play makers (among a lot of other things). Go Hedman. A good offense always starts in the defensive zone. Who was the Isles leading scorer..Streit. BINGO!
So, because the Islanders leading scorer was a defenseman you think we should draft another dman. Read up on a player, Taveras's assists total is on par with his goal total. He is not considered a "setup man" but we have that in Bailey who had a whopping 7 goals last year. We need a pure goal scorer. By far the most ridiculous comment I have heard in a while/
skating on sand

Henderson, NV

#13 Jun 3, 2009
Matt wrote:
<quoted text>So, because the Islanders leading scorer was a defenseman you think we should draft another dman. Read up on a player, Taveras's assists total is on par with his goal total. He is not considered a "setup man" but we have that in Bailey who had a whopping 7 goals last year. We need a pure goal scorer. By far the most ridiculous comment I have heard in a while/
You want ridiculous? read your own comment/opinion...BAILEY. Yea, he's gonna make Tavares look good. Hardee har har,you're a real riot Alice.
C Drama

Greenlawn, NY

#14 Jun 3, 2009
Matt wrote:
<quoted text> We have enough "two way" players. We have enough 2nd, third, and fourth line players. Our "first line" players would maybe sniff a second line on another team. If Scott Gordon's system does not have room to include a potential 40-50 goal scorer than Gordon must go. Really, think about what you are saying. Passing up on someone who many scouts are calling the next Hull and some have even called a "poor mans Bossy" because a couple of blow holes in Toronto and the Redline report (what a joke) say he can't skate and his defensive game is bad. I have watched JT play. He is not that bad a skater and WILL get better. His defensive game has done nothing but improve since bewing traded to the Knights. He is 18 and will learn Gordon's system like any other player if Gordon is still here after next year(Ihope not).If we picked Duschene the Islander tradition of being the laughingstock of the league would continue for many, may years.
Amen
I agree, if we have learned anything in sports lately it is that it is easier to replace the coach then the players. Especially a player that can score 40 + goals. Think about it, a goal everyother game, not including the ones he assists on.
You want a two-way player? Well we already have Andy Hilbert. Look at the difference Crosby made during the playoffs. Look at how many goals he scored at the crease. Who would you rather have?
skating on sand

Henderson, NV

#15 Jun 3, 2009
well I've heard it all. Comparing Hilbert to Crosby? Have you been drinking the water from Lake Ronkonkoma?
Matt

Piermont, NY

#17 Jun 3, 2009
skating on sand wrote:
<quoted text>You want ridiculous? read your own comment/opinion...BAILEY. Yea, he's gonna make Tavares look good. Hardee har har,you're a real riot Alice.
?????????? Just the comment I would expect, one that makes absolutley no sense. Take care of yourself bud!
Dr Phil

AOL

#18 Jun 3, 2009
If Snow drafts Taveras and he flops, then Snow went after the number 1 player in the draft, and he didn't pan out, then none of us can blame Snow. However, if Snow passes on Taveras and he becomes another Parise then Snow is open for all the blame and will deserve being fired. It's a no-brainer to draft Taveras. Worry about free agency when it comes around.
Matt

Piermont, NY

#20 Jun 3, 2009
skating on sand wrote:
well I've heard it all. Comparing Hilbert to Crosby? Have you been drinking the water from Lake Ronkonkoma?
Either you are 5 years old or you don't read so well. Now go ahead and read the post a little slower and more carefully. Don't worry it will come to you.
Mets_Magic

New York, NY

#21 Jun 3, 2009
I bet anything this former backup goalie & lousy GM will not pick Tavares. Not gonna matter to me 'cause they will be moving off L.I. anyway & I'll never watch a hockey game again.
Hilbert Hears a Who

Bronx, NY

#22 Jun 3, 2009
This reminds me of that "Odd Couple" episode when Felix & Oscar were on "Let's Make a Deal" & they had to choose between a "mystery" can of squid or $1,000. Oscar wanted the money,(Taaaakkkkke the money!), while Felix wanted to keep the can of squid,(What are you, Jacques Cousteau?)

When you have a sure thing, why go in another direction? If Toronto or Colorado had the #1 overall pick, do you think there'd be questions on who they're gonna draft?

Sure, Hedman would be a great asset but he's not the team's most urgent need. As they proved with Mark Streit, you can go out & get a very good player on defense via free agency. Getting a 30-40 goal scorer to play for LI? A bit tougher sell.

I know there's all these comparisons to Chris Pronger but think about this. The Hartford Whalers selected Pronger #2 overall. Where did that get them? Did he bring them any titles? Did he help the team stay in Connecticut by bringing in additional revenue & fans?(Gotta look at the $ part of it too). Look at other "big" defensemen. How many Cups has Zdeno Chara won for Ottawa & Boston? What about Mike Green or Dion Phaneuf?

If the Isles had 2 or 3 guys that could score 25-30 goals, then I could see the Hedman vs. Tavares debate. But for now, this is like a guy in the hospital who has a punctured lung & a broken leg. Which is he gonna get fixed first?

Draft Tavares. To paraphrase Bill Murray in Ghostbusters, "So if we're wrong, we'll go to jail. But if we're right, you'll have saved the lives of millions of registered Islanders fans."

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