Garth Snow Considering Offer Sheet with Leafs Pick?

NYI Fan CentralSenior Analyst IJune 23, 2008

New York Islander Fan Central has a little speculation of its own for Monday's update, along with club notables.

Call this some speculation from NYIFC, but why in a draft where many second rounders were considered first-round talents did Garth Snow decline his option to take Toronto's pick at sixty on Saturday?

He traded up for Chicago's pick later to go with his other third round selections, so obviously he wanted depth from this draft class.

Sure the Islander general manager may have decided to put another second rounder in the prospect bank for the 2009 draft—which also includes his own pick and the one he will likely have from Boston when Nokelainen hits his games-played incentive next season.

That's at least three and a great start looking ahead.

And of course, Toronto could be a lottery team next year, and instead of being a pick at the end of the second round Saturday, it could be a pick at the beginning of the second round next summer.

The Isles GM also did have more picks than any other club in this draft.

Having written all that, with the talent pool as deep as it was Saturday, why not use the pick this year when next summer that pick may be worth a lot less?

The only thing that makes sense is that he's getting ready to drop an offer sheet, and will use that second rounder as part of the compensation, depending on the contract.

Makes sense to me. Based on some of the pending restricted free agents without huge contracts, teams would require a second-rounder as part of the draft-pick compensation.

I guess we will see, but something to consider.

In other news:

Islanders website: Website/Publications Coordinator Jason Lockhart looks at the Sarnia connection with Isles OHL area scout Tim MacLean, 2008 picks Justin DiBenedetto, Matt Martin along with comments from 2007Islander selection Mark Katic. Adam Muir in the NHL draft winners and losers article has the Islanders in the honorable mention department for making hay with potential first-rounders Corey Trivino, Aaron Ness, Jyri Niemi and Kirill Petrov on Saturday.

Toronto was hit was a loser tag because they gave up draft picks in a skill draft for a defensive-defenseman in the top five? Brian Costello of THN also was very critical of Cliff Fletcher for giving up prospect depth.

Montreal Gazette: Has Mark Renaud, father of former Spitfires captain Mickey Renaud comments regarding the Islanders selecting Josh Bailey along with the Spitfires' centre statement he dedicated his selection in Renaud's honour.

Colmbus Dispatch: Michael Arace reports Jacket fans are not too happy with the overall draft, that Filatov was another third-liner and another mercurial Russian dangler combined with asking who's drafting Russians. For the sake of balance he includes Filatov looks a lot like Zherdev -- but without the baggage, and with an apparently clear path to North America.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
I guess we shall see. Means nothing until they hit the ice at this level and then we get a good idea as time passes.

Quick hits:
Espn/several outlets report Barry Melrose will be officially announced as new coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday.

Ray Emery of the Senators has been bought out after clearing waivers. Washington Capitals Ben Clymer, Carolina Hurricanes, Jeff Hamilton (former Islander) and David Tanabe have been placed on waivers.

NYI Fan Central Blog Notables:
A little surprised on the poll for the Islanders draft given the reaction on Friday. I gave the Isles overall a C.

Blog Notables are also updated as to what changes have been made at NYIFC with some updated 2008 prospect profiles added. 

Due to the huge response for Friday and Saturday's live interactive blog another is under consideration for July 1st.


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