Good afternoon from the West Coast!
Just checking in live from Los Angeles, California getting ready to gear up here for the 2010 NHL entry draft where I will be live blogging and live Tweeting from the Media Risers at the Staples Center throughout the entire event.
This year makes the third year in a row I have made the trip for the entry draft, it's always an action packed and exciting time.
In 2010, the Islanders have ten draft picks, one in round one and the other nine in rounds two through seven. I wouldn't put it past Islanders GM Garth Snow to trade some of his later round picks or a player or two, in order to move up to the later part of the first round. If history has shown us anything, it's that Snow is not afraid to move around on draft day.
In 2009, the Islanders traded their late first round pick (26th overall), plus a second, third and fourth round pick to the Columbus Blue Jackets for the 16th overall pick. That pick was promptly sent to the Minnesota Wild with a third and seventh round pick for the 12th overall pick of the first round and selected Defenseman Calvin de Haan.
Garth Snow would also later move another pick to the Blue Jackets to gain an extra pick later on in the draft, this time he sent a second round pick (56th overall) for two picks in return (62nd and 92nd).
As I said, should Garth Snow and his staff identify players later in the first round or earlier in the first round that they covet, they have the ammunition to move around should they choose. Check out the list of selections below and talk about what you think they should or could do in the comments section!
- Round 1 - 5th overall
- Round 2 - 35th overall and 58th overall (acquired from San Jose in trade with Ottawa for Andy Sutton)
- Round 3 - 65th overall and 82nd overall
- Round 4 - 95th overall
- Round 5 - 125th overall
- Round 6 - 155th overall and 160th overall (acquired from NY Rangers in trade for Jyri Niemi)
- Round 7 - 185th overall