Here's the way i see things going down.
Whether or not we keep the pick is a different story. If we do make a play for Vinny do u think we could include next years first rounder instead of this years. I think we absolutely must keep this pick, we r getting a pretty solid player.
It is possible....but I am sure that Tampa is well aware that the Kings pick next year will probably be in the latter part of the round if they have Lecavalier on the team. I cannot see them dealing Vinny with this year's pick being added.
I really can't see why the islanders would pass on tavares.
because their immediate needs are on the backend, and tavares still has skating and "teammate" issues. They take tavares to sell tickets and market around. They take Hedman to address their immediate needs. Neither is a better BPA option really. For Tavares issues, there's Hedman's lack of physicality. Whatever, that isn't really a concern anymore though. The rest of his game makes up for it.
This isn't to say JT won't be successful at the next level, he probably will be. He is probably not a true generational talent though, and Hedman's chances of success are on par, if not better.
Isles are taking Tavares....I have no doubt about it...
Kings should draft Kane...he is solid....Handzus is in his 30's, Armstrong is a UFA, and Boyle is unproven....what other depth at center do we have? Lewis, Cliche? Kane could be play behind Kopitar for years to come.