'Twas the Night before Draft '08: New York Islander Notables
Greg Logan blogged with a lot of his own speculation, on the draft. His primary focus was on Pieterangelo, Filatov and Schenn depending on who was left.
Mr. Logan also addressed Jokinen, McCabe, Patrick Marleau rumors with Garth Snow's comments it would be highly unlikely that we would move that pick for an older player that may only have one more year on his contract but having the two seconds and thirds enables us to make a pitch to try to get that pick if there’s a player who’s high on our chart.
Logan was honest enough to admit he did not know more than he has read about the skills of the top juniors entering the NHL draft and that the only one he has seen was Drew Doughty one time.
He also issued another retraction on the Yashin headline.
Newsday: Greg Logan had a second blog update, which was centered on Filatov and Colin Wilson with comments from both players as well as E.J McGuire from central scouting who talked about Bogosian and Pietrangelo.
Assistant GM/Director of Amateur Scouting Ryan Jankowski had a quick update and provides a pulse of what's happening so far here.
Toronto Sun: Mike Zeisberger claims one theory making the rounds is of course, McCabe, to the Islanders for an exchange of a first round pick.
Sportsnet.ca: Has Bryan McCabe's agent, Ian Pulverdeny, denied any rumors he would waive his no trade clause?
Ottawa Citizen: Wayne Scanlan, in an interview, with Bryan Murray, has the comments when Ottawa joined the NHL, they tried to copy the Islanders model for success.
Media Blog: Cory Witt has a good update on how the club decides on the nameplates and jerseys are done in advance for so many potential players a club could draft.
Ottawa Sun: Bruce Garrioch speculates the Isles could be one of several teams interested in Jokinen.
* A second blog on the do not list for Garth Snow at the draft was also written.
Greg Logan's 6/20 articles have Nikita Filatov's comments: he likes the Islanders a lot and refused a new contract in Russia.
Colin Wilson said New York is definitely a place he would like to go as he talked about being a teammate with former BU player Rick DiPietro, and that Kyle Okposo his teammate from the World Juniors has told him nothing, but good things.
Luke Schenn talked about his interview process with the Islanders as Alex Pietrangelo. He said the group got a tour of New York City and was pretty happy with how the meetings went and would like to be part of the Islanders rebuild.
Zach Bogosian visited separately and had dinner with former Isles defenseman Eric Cairns and Ryan Jankowski, and said he would try to do everything in my power to help any organization and that team win.
At the end, Logan had to throw in a quick dig that it looks like the Islanders cannot go wrong, but “we know better.”
Newsday: Katie Strang has an update on potential draft pick— Jordan Nolan with his comments, along with Islander coach Ted Nolan.
Los Angeles Times : Lisa Dillman reports that the Los Angeles Kings intend to keep their second overall pick with Dean Lombardi's confirmation Thursday night, that he has had offers from three teams in the last two weeks for the No. 2 pick.
The most recent proposal came Tuesday, essentially a three-for-one deal—a current player, a prospect and a draft choice for the pick, but went to Kings ownership as he had with the other two, and recommended they reject the offer, because everyone wanted to keep the selection.
Atlanta Journal Constitution: Mike Knobler has Thrasher's GM, Don Waddell’s, comments that he thinks they’re going to get a defenseman they could have for years to come, who's a special player with the writer speculating between Zach Bogosian or Drew Doughty.
St Louis Post-Dispatch: All of Blues writer Jeremy Rutherford's Thursday articles were about defense, including his speculation in a Q&A with fans, which he got the impression that the Blues don't think Filatov is ready.
Globe & Mail: Tim Wharnsby speculates in an article about Steven Stamkos that the Kings are expected to select, Guelph Storm, defenseman, Drew Doughty and the Atlanta Thrashers would settle for Peterborough’s, Petes blueliner or Zach Bogosian.
The St. Louis Blues are believed to have their eye on Kelowna Rockets defenseman, Luke Schenn, leaving Russian forward Nikita Filatov for New York in the fifth slot.
New York Islander Fan Central will be having a live interactive blog both Friday beginning at 6:45 pm and Saturday at 9:45 am for anyone wishing to come by and talk hockey during the draft in the blog itself.
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