NYI has shown in the past that obviously character and hockey sense are important attributes when making their pick.
They have also shown that spending a full day with a prospect does not necessarily mean there is a tremendous amount of interest, ie. Fowler, Gormley, Hedman, Duchene. (others I am sure, tough to research)
I view their most recent LI visits as a filtering technique to ensure that, "If we pass on this guy, we aren't missing out"
Chances are the Islanders know who they want already and the guys that flew in are more than likely ready to be passed on.
IMO, the four interviews they have scheduled for draft day will just allow for some fine tuning to the draft board if necessary. (1a, 1b, 2a, 2b)
My prediction (take it for what its worth, I'm no scout or hockey genuis)
Tier 1 (4 interviews on Draft Day) in no particular order:
4) Reinhart OR Rielly OR Trouba (trade down if other 3 are off the board)
I have a feeling that the NYI scouting team wanted to reaffirm their beliefs (not mine) that:
1) Murray has a low ceiling, maybe not a true competitor
2) Dumba's game will not translate to NHL lack of compusure/ maturity (hungry for highlight reel)
3) Grigorenko lacks competitiveness and will to improve.
Note: Most of the above statements have to do with psychological and mental capacity (big for NYI when drafting)
Another Note: NYI loooooves keeping their cards close to their chest, flying in guys who they think are the best in class just to HOPE they fall to them at #4 doesn't seem like their style. They want to be original, shocking and different.
Once again, I can't say that I agree with any of the above statements (I like Murray), but this is just a feeling that I have based on what the Islanders are looking for because with their draft history, I cannot see them having a particular interest in any of the three guys flown to LI.
Flame away, however, I have a good feeling that this is how things will play out.
Why does everyone say Vasilevski will fill a huge need for Tampa? Is he gonna play in the NHL next year? No. Is he gonna play in NA next year? No. Is he gonna be ready for the NHL in less than 5 years? Probably not. We are better with goaltending than most people think as we have 2 of the best in the AHL and best in the FEL, we just don't have an NHL #1 which the draft isn't gonna fix this year. I also prefer Dansk to Vasilevski anyway and he can be had in 2nd.