Islanders 5th Overall in play
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06-17-2011, 12:29 AM
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For the first time since the Collapse-and-Rebuild began in 2008, the Islanders are dangling their first round draft pick as trade bait. NHL sources have told Point Blank that general manager Garth Snow will listen to offers for the fifth overall pick in the 2011 draft.
The team is determined to upgrade the current roster in order to make next year’s playoffs. Snow, chief deputy Doug Weight and owner Charles Wang have prioritized adding at least one productive and experienced forward capable of shifting the slow and steady rebuild into overdrive. If the right player is made available, the Islanders will not hesitate to relinquish their rights to draft a talented 18-year-old prospect on the draft floor in Minnesota on Friday night, June 24.
I would be aggresive with an offer for the 5th pick if Couturier is on the board. Not too often get a chance to acquire a big guy like that who can score. A cross between a Jordan Staal and Brendan Shanahan I have Couturier at. I would offer up Plekanec. Quite a few options the Habs would have to replace Plekanec's points. Moving his contract allows the Habs to venture into free agency or a big trade. Or maybe the added ice time will allow a Desharnais or Eller to take their game to another level.
If Couturier is not available at 5 either Larsson or Landeskog will be as fairly sure Huberdeau and Nugent-Hopkins be gone by 5th. I would offer up Cammy for either. Or pick #17 plus Kostitsyn and another player. Or Gorges straight up for 5th.
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