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"Off The Post: Inching Closer to the Future"
Long Island, NY • United States • 25 Years Old • Male
So I'm sitting back on a lawn chair outside of the cheap motel my friends and I were staying at out in Montauk. Nothing special, just a nice weekend away with everyone on the beach....bonfires, beers, mallows....good times. As a few of us are sitting back with our cold brews, we listen intently to phone calls from home with updates of what's going on at the NHL draft. It wasn't long before our sips turned into gulps.

Anxiously we are all waiting to hear the 2-4 picks, hoping that Filatov will somehow remain available at the number five spot. Stamkos goes first without question, followed by Doughty, Bogosian, and Pietrangelo. We are all on the edge of our seats realizing the Isles have a chance to single handedly get a hold of greatness...but at the same time we knew we could easily let it slip through our fingers. And that we did. The grimace on my friends' face when he heard that the fifth round pick was traded to Toronto for a 2nd and a 3rd rounder said it all. We blew it. Toronto picks Luke Schenn - suddenly there's hope. Columbus has to choose someone else and we can look like geniuses!

With the sixth overall selection, Filatov takes center stage and dresses in that Red White and Blue Columbus jersey. The possibility of having our own superior, Russian phenom has gone out the door...but there is still hope. There had been talks of the Isles being very interested in Colin Wilson...perhaps that is this Isles plan after all.

---But then! The Isles will not only trade their pick once...but TWICE! And suddenly we are sitting in the 9th spot of the first round. Top five to top ten in a flash.

The misery chug commences.

And with the 9th pick we choose Joshua Bailey. In all fairness to Bailey, he does not seem like a half bad prospect. He actually seems to hold a ton of potential as a high scoring playmaker that can make those around him better. Apparently Nolan has some ties with him as he played with his son last year, (and I heard elsewhere that he also has played with Blake Comeau and Kyle Okposo - don't quote me on that, but I wonder if that played into the Isles thinking if true as well), and the kid also put up 96 points in 67 games played for the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL.

Honestly, it doesn't sound too bad. And on top of it, the Isles were able to draft 5 prospects that were expected to go in the first round by the time the draft was concluded. The Isles went with their guts and trusted their scouts. However, to go with their guts involved taking risks...and it's very possible like many drafts before us that this day may come back to haunt us.

We may look back and realize that Garth stocked our farm team with a handful of players that may aid in the restoration of a franchise - however they won't be able to do it on their own. This team is still lacking that star. Okposo may be that player we need...Bailey may be the one to compliment him...but alot remains to be seen.

Sure, Filatov may not be the superstar that almost every scout has him turning out to be...but if he does reach and possibly exceed the expectations that were placed upon him we will hear those "Fire Snow" and "Bring Back Milbury" chants that were echoing throughout the halls of Nassau Coliseum until the day he is forced to resign or actually fired.

I was one of the many that were furious on the evening of June 20th. It put a knot in my stomach that I did not want on a weekend excursion with all of my close friends...but after hearing about the picks that followed...we have no choice but to give this disaster a chance.

Of all the fans, players, owners, and GM's...the one person that I pity the most is Bailey. This kid has a ton of extra pressure unfairly placed upon his shoulders. Sure, he has the pressure of finding a way to make it and succeed in the NHL through the New York Islanders coaching staff and farm team...but now he has to do it knowing that he will signify an entire fan base's disappointment. That with every shift he takes, if he doesn't score the goal that Filatov would have, he will be unfairly blamed because of Garth Snow's actions.

I hope this kid turns out to be the player that he can be. Despite intentionally missing on Filatov, I think this kid has some great upside and that we very possibly may have a star on our hands. His 96 points are only 9 away from Stamkos' 105. This kid deserves our support.

Unfortunately...(and yes, I said unfortunately) the next day we have to focus on is July 1st. Free Agency. Ah nothing sounded sweeter than hearing that Ryan Smyth signed with the Avs, and then reading that the Isles announced the 3-year deal of Jon Sim.

What are we going to hear this time?
Filed Under:   NHL   Islanders   Bailey   Filatov   Snow   Nolan   Okposo  
June 22, 2008 11:15 PM ET | Delete
Can you be any more dramatic?
June 23, 2008 12:36 AM ET | Delete
The Islanders lack prospect depth and I think their dealings for more quality picks was alot better than just Filitov. They added to alot of their weaknesses with those extra picks and some are for next season also. I do believe they opted to takes torontos 2nd in 2009 which should be a high second next year. I think they did the smarter thing in the long run.
June 23, 2008 12:49 AM ET | Delete
Although they skipped Filatov, they really had one hell of a draft day man. They landed five of the top 30 ranked picks by ISS in the draft. Bailey is supposed to be a franchise first line center, and Trivino is supposed to be a decent first line or great second line center as well. We have our power play quarterback for the future in Ness, who is considered to be one of the top 10 available defensemen in the draft and Kirill Petrov is the sleeper. I have seen many people say he is the best player in this draft if he were able to committ to coming across to North America. If the Islanders find a way to get him over here, wow! Lastly, we added depth in Toews who will be a second line goal scorer and Niemi, who is a great 3-4 defenseman with a 97mph slapshot at 18 years old! To be honest, we made out like bandits at this years draft. I am glad we have TO's 2nd rounder next year too!
June 23, 2008 2:21 AM ET | Delete
Vukota, it's just the same deal dude. I want us to win and be successful, but throughout the past we have had a top ranked prospect ready for the taking, (Spezza, Heatley, and we can even say Forsberg) and we've passed up for Yashin, DP, and Lachance. DP is a great goalie don't get me wrong, but we didn't need him with Luongo. This weekend we could have had the next best forward after Stamkos..and we opted to trade down twice and take some ranked 11th, which isn't bad, but it's not 2nd best. I hope this turns out to make Garth Snow look like a genius, don't get me wrong....but our historical hiccups aren't providing much comfort.
June 23, 2008 11:57 AM ET | Delete
At least give it a chance, you're bashing them without waitinig for results. They had a great draft. You should be happy.
June 23, 2008 12:48 PM ET | Delete
I'm going to give it a chance. I think Bailey has a lot of potential...but the problem is for the first team in a long time we had a chance to grab someone that is very highly touted and we didn't. I don't look at Bailey as a slouch player, but he wasn't Filatov. This team historically likes to take chances on things when they could easily take the more assured route...you can't blame me for being concerned that like almost everything else that this may blow up. With that being said, other scouts have said that the Isles drafted several strong players that could and should be top players in this league which definitely excites me. So I'm not exactly bashing them, just fearing the worst because that's usually what we get as Isles fans, and I don't think you can blame me for that.
June 23, 2008 6:24 PM ET | Delete
just because we didn't get the name we all wanted as fans, doesn't mean we didn't grab a hell of a lot of top prospects. One of the better Islanders drafts in a long time, at least according to how many highly ranked prospects we picked. Just gotta give it time now and see what happens. I'm pretty happy about it.
June 23, 2008 9:51 PM ET | Delete
You put to much stock into having to have that "can't miss" player. There's no guarantee that any of those kids will pan out. The draft is a crapshoot, you make your pick and hope it's the right one. All the experts say how Stamkos or Doughty or Filatov or even Bailey are "can't miss" players. But until they step onto NHL ice and show something, you just don't know. Young Bailey for all anyone knows could be better than all those drafted before him. I've seen alot of players over the years that had "can't miss" written all over them and they flopped. guys like Brian Lawton, Sylvain Turgeon, Alexander Daigle. Dan Cleary was supposed to be a superstar but, it took him how many years and a near career ending decision to wake him up. Guy LaFleur didn't impress anybody in his first two years in the NHL and, the Red Wings drafted a big center back in 76 named Fred Williams that was supposed to be ready to break all records. He lasted one year and was gone. So just because, as you call it, a guy is highly touted, doesn't mean he'll set the league on fire. Give what the Isles got a chance and see what happens.
June 23, 2008 11:18 PM ET | Delete
It's an interesting question. I know nothing is guaranteed, but these guys are rated where they are with good reason. As much as people like to go on about Detroit icing a team of guys picked in the 6th round or whatever, the chances of getting an impact player is much, much higher picking in the top five. Maybe it's a solid strategy - pick a bunch of guys and increase the chances that at least one turns out to be really good or take the more likely chance on one guy. As a Leaf fan I'm very happy the Leafs traded up for Schenn. Toronto needs a guy they can build around and who can really make an impact on a game. I figure second and third rounders are a lot easier to come by than top five picks. At the same time I was sorry to see the extra picks go, and the Isles did get a lot of guys to stock up the system with. It will be interesting to look back in five or six years and see how the deal looks then.
June 24, 2008 2:04 AM ET | Delete
Human Squid - you more or less summed up what I was trying to say. On paper it has intelligence and a base for why the Isles did what they did. But it also can look from out of left field when we had a top five pick to start with in one of the best drafts in years. There also must be reasons why guys that were originally slated to go in the top 30 fell to the 2nd and 3rd rounds. But like you said, we HAVE those guys who were ranked in the top thirty and at least one of them should turn out to be a top player. But if they don't, or none of them turn out as Filatov is expected, it can go down as one of the many draft mistakes this team has made.
June 24, 2008 12:09 PM ET | Delete
Good Read Tops, your club handed over a lot of pieces to Edmonton for Lyin Smyth. As much as it would have been good to take a higher ranked kid,the Ises need so many things. Stocking up was really good because they have to build from with in or deal young assets to get players in Blue and Orange. If the lighthouse gets built,they'll will see the value in LI 30 min from the city and 10 from the beach!
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