You heard it here first. John Tavares will not be drafted by the New York Islanders.
The player seen as the No.1 prospect in the world will be passed over by the Islanders, who hold the first pick overall in the NHL 2009 entry draft. Not only will they pass on Tavares, but they will pass on the second overall prospect in Victor Hedman as well.
The Islanders will select Matt Duchene from the Brampton Battalion of the OHL.
Garth Snow wants to build this team right and if this team wasn't in such financial trouble, I might be OK with this pick. However, the Islanders are in much more danger than having another bad season. Their owner, Charles Wang is losing $20 million a year (that's a two with seven zeroes behind it). He regrets buying the team and may decide to move the team somewhere else where he will make some sort of profit, be it selling the team or hoping for lots of revenue from a new NHL market.
Snow wants to build the New York Islanders into a winner, but I'm afraid drafting anyone other than John Tavares will be just another nail in the coffin in a comatose franchise that may soon not even exist. Tavares means dollars, ticket sales, jerseys, and other merchandise will sell instantly if he was the pick and it would bring an excitement back to this team we haven't had since Ziggy Palffy was a New York Gordon Fishstick.
Let's hope I'm wrong. It's too bad I'm 98 percent positive I'm right.