On June 26, 2009, the New York Islanders will be making a major decision over the future of the franchise, as they have to decide if they want to have John Tavares Victor Hedman or somebody else as the cornerstone as their franchise during this rebuilding stage.
No. 1 The Lighthouse Project
The Islanders NEED TO COMPLETE THE LIGHTHOUSE PROJECT!!! For the last 30 years, the Islanders have played at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, but it sadly needs to be renovated or destroyed for a new arena on Long Island.
Mainly because the Coliseum is falling into a downward spiral that is making it an extremely outdated arena, which also hosts the smallest capacity crowd in the entire NHL with 16,234 seats in the arena for hockey.
By getting John Tavares, there will be a great chance that the brilliant Lighthouse Project that Islanders owner Charles Wang and Scott Rechler have created, which uses no public money, and all of the developing will take place on the land that Wang currently owns.
It will help revitalize Nassau County, and it will be the biggest project in Nassau County since Levittown.
But with Town of Hempstead supervisor Kate Murray shooting down everything with the Lighthouse Project, but if Tavares comes in, there will be more public support with the huge NHL star there, and there will definitely be an unbelievable chance that the project will be approved, which would keep the Islanders on Long Island, and not in Kansas City.
No. 2 Ticket Sales
As stated in the the Lighthouse Project section, the Nassau Coliseum only holds 16,234 seats for hockey, which makes it the smallest capacity for any NHL arena. Also, the Islanders have drawn 564,697 fans to the Coliseum in 2009, which is an average of 13,773 fans per game, both lowest out of all NHL teams.
By getting John Tavares, many more tickets will be sold because of him being the first draft pick, and the fact that he can score goals, something that the Islanders have been lacking for the past several seasons.
If Tavares proves to everyone how good he is by accumulating goals, the Islanders will gain a bigger fanbase, which will also help out in the Lighthouse Project.
No. 3 Winning
The Islanders haven't won a playoff series since 1992-1993, when they beat the two time defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals on the Islanders run to the Eastern Conference Final.
Since then, the Islanders have been to the playoffs just five times in fifteen seasons, which has been a major problem for them.
But if Tavares and the rest of the youngsters on the team all start to produce in positive ways, the Islanders will become a contender, which will rejuvenate the fanbase that has waited over 25 years since their last Stanley Cup and the "Drive for Five" to be completed.
No. 4 Pride
Since the mid 1990's, the Islanders have become the laughingstock of the NHL, which is extremely sad considering their dynasty in the early 1980's.
With John Spano, "Mad Mike" Milbury, terrible ownership in the late 1990's, trading away the top draft pick in 2000, Chris Simon, the Neil Smith/Garth Snow debacle, the Islanders have become arguably one of the most dysfunctional teams in sports.
But with getting John Tavares , who will probably become a very respectable player in the NHL, the Islanders could get past all of these terrible problems from the past, and focus on starting a new era that distances itself from these issues.
Finally, the New York Islanders NEED JOHN TAVARES!!! Without him on the team next season, the Islanders will probably not be on Long Island anymore, and it could possibly move them into Kansas City.
Also, the franchise that could be forced out wouldn't have a player with Taveras' capability, which would prevent fans from coming to games. Finally, John Tavares is an extremely talented player, and without him, the Islanders franchise won't have a cornerstone to build off of to become a Stanley Cup contender.