YES I AM!!!!
If things keep up we may be looking at a top 6 first round pick. I
think this years draft is pretty shallow and doesnt offer up a lot
of quality defensemen. Yet, Chara and Redden are UFAs at seasons end
and I expect this Islanders to at least make a play for Chara.
Not to mention a few character players to round out the youth on
In terms of the coach I don't see Brad Shaw sticking around next
year. That doesn't happen to often when you are looking for a new
GM. Personally I think the guy could use a little more polishing and
hopefully this will be just a stepping stone for the guy.
I'd like to see Pierre Page brought in as general manager. He
basicly built up the Colorada Avalanche when they were in Quebec. He
outright robbed philly in the Lindros sweepstakes. Not to mention
made a series of wise picks in the Draft that also aided in building
He is one of the few rare geniuses out of a job in the NHL. He would
be like the second coming of Bill Torrey on Long Island.
There are a lot of good things happening with this team. These kids
still see the game like it's an AHL game. They don't seem to
understand that you can't wait that extra split second for the puck
to settle down in order to do something with it.
THings will impove for these guys if we are going by the fact that
it takes 300 games to develop a player on this level. Many of these
guys are barely 10% ofthe way there. I did like the fact that Shaw
gave the kids tons of ice in the third period.
Look for the possibility of Blake getting dealt either at the draft
or shortly afterwards. He is there most valuable option to deal to a
team willing to offer up something big. Most likely a team looking
to make a run out west.
I don't know where that leaves Zhitnik for next year. I'm not sure
if he will be willing to go through a rebuilding stage at this point
in his career. They will have to send a Defensemen down in order to
do that. They should be committed to developing Gervais and
The rest of the season will be a fight for jobs on next years team.
What's going to happen with Snow?
Is Dubie going to see back up duties next year?