Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tavares/Hedman roll off goes Islanders way

The Hockey Gods once again smiled on Long Island, as the New York Islanders secured the number on spot at this years amateur draft and a chance to once again take a blue chip prospect and build their team around him.

The NHL draft lottery, which it seems is trying to vie with Trade Deadline Day and Amateur Draft Day for space on TSN, took place on Tuesday night.

Broadcast live on The Sports Network as a half hour special, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly revealed the draft order, which will see the Islanders expected to announce either Ontario Hockey League forward John Tavares or Swedish defenceman Victor Hedman as the number one pick for 2009.

The Islanders weren't tipping their hand on Tuesday night, but if they might want to make a deal Toronto GM Brian Burke will be keeping close to his phone, Burke made the sports news cycle on Tuesday with his declaration that the Leafs are very interested in Tavares, with lots of Cap room, a full vault over at the Air Canada Centre and a willingness to deal, the Leafs are hoping that they can make their own news on draft day.

What remains to be seen is if the Islanders will be willing to make a move or if they will build through the draft, holding on to the most anticipated draft pick in the last few years.

Globe and Mail-- Burke wants Tavares
Toronto Star-- Status Quo for now

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