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06-09-2009, 10:47 AM
Darth Milbury
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Islespointblank: Isles looking to package 26th and 37th for move up

Not exactly news, but a good read and a believable analysis:

The most likely scenario involves Garth Snow packaging the 26th overall selection plus the 37th pick acquired from Toronto last summer at the draft. If Snow finds another GM willing to fall back for an early second-rounder, the Islanders could move up to the 18-20 range. To ascend any further, it would cost more picks - probably more than the Islanders will pay.

Bank on the Islanders being very reluctant to give up the 31st overall slot. Thatís the first pick of the second round and, more importantly, the first pick on Saturday morning. To have all Friday night to meet into the late hours and have their choice of every prospect remaining is like candy to boss Ryan Jankowski and his team of scouts. Teams love that slot and are traditionally hesitant to give it up.

Botta is hinting at something I've suspected for a while - the Isles draft list is (sigh) different from most other teams. They have the same top three to five as everybody else, but also have some reaches in their top 10 that they expect to be available later in the draft. That has been their MO for the last few years, so not exactly a big surprise.

Man, do I ever miss Oleg Kvasha. If Oleg was here, everything would be OK.
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